Tips If You’re Getting Ready To Sell Your House

When getting ready to sell your home, you want to ensure you’re making home improvements that offer the greatest increase on the value of your home. Listed below are ten improvements that will give you the greatest return on your investment.

  1. Start with the kitchen—To many buyers, the kitchen is the foundation of attraction to the home; if they don’t like the kitchen, they are more than likely going to pass on the house and move on. This makes renovation of dark or dated kitchens one of the most profitable home improvements. No matter what, be sure to update your kitchen in the following ways: resurface cabinets or paint with neutral color, replace dated fixtures and drawer/cabinet handles, and freshly caulk and redo grout found on the countertops and sink.
  2. Look at your bathrooms—Adding a second bath or updating an existing old bathroom is considered the other most profitable home improvement. Update your baths by resurfacing cabinets or painting with neutral color. Replace toilet seats, dated fixtures, and drawer/cabinet handles. Freshly caulk and redo grout found on countertops, sinks, tubs, and showers.
  3. Add a room—Adding casual living areas like a den or family room is a smart home improvement.
  4. Add a deck—This will add to the overall space in home appearance. More space means  greater interest and often means more money.
  5. Paint interior—Repair any damaged interior walls by patching all chips, holes, and cracks. Touch up or repaint interior walls with a neutral color.
  6. Paint exterior—Repaint or resurface the outside walls of the house as needed. Patch and repair any damaged areas.
  7. Carpeting—If carpets are only lightly soiled, shampooing and/or spot removal should suffice. If there are rips, fading, heavy wear, smells, or deep stains, be sure to replace the carpeting, selecting a neutral color.
  8. Flooring—Repair and refinish damaged floors or cover with neutral colored wall-to-wall carpeting, and note damage in your disclosure.
  9. Plumbing and electrical—Consider repairing or replacing any defective plumbing or electrical items in your home.
  10. Here are 10 minimum improvements to make before getting ready to sell your home:
  • Patch all holes and cracks in walls and ceilings
  • Fix all broken appliances and HVAC systems
  • Repair leaky faucets
  • Replace worn carpeting
  • Repaint dark or marred walls with neutral paint (not white)
  • Replace broken windows
  • Repair the roof
  • Change outdated light fixtures/ceiling fans
  • Replace old linens/window coverings
  • Fix code violations
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