Before a seller lists their home on the market, there are always certain improvements that must be done. No home is in perfect condition at any given point in time. Below are some of the home improvements you should consider doing, in order to get your home show-ready so that it can sell in no time!
Add a fresh coat of paint: Painting the inside of the house provides dramatic results, and there isn’t much investment involved, either. If you decide to hire a professional to do the work, you can certainly expect to pay a few thousand dollars. Depending on what shape the paint is currently in, it may certainly also be worth it. Keep in mind that painting can also be a fantastic do it yourself project. Of course, it will depend drastically on how much time you have available, as well as the size and height of the room. If you are selling soon, now isn’t the time to play around with your painting skills. You’re better off hiring someone if you’re pressed for time.
Add new siding: Fiber-cement siding is estimated to return a significant amount of money back from the initial investment because it holds up well against the elements and is resistant to fire, rotting, and termites. See: Brokers Tell All: 10 Ways to Boost House Value.
Build a patio! Everyone love decks. They’re great for entertaining, and relaxing in the sun, and can reap an impressive return on investment; but be sure to use natural or rustic wood.
Renovate the kitchen: You really can’t go wrong with remodeling your kitchen, which can net up to 83 percent of the cost. But stick with high-quality fixtures, like stainless-steel appliances and granite counters, and don’t pair them with a cheaper material, like laminate. If you’re going to renovate..renovate.
However, if your house is very, very small, don’t bother on making big splurges for fancy appliances. In a smaller home, you’ll never see money back from it. Instead, make some small cosmetic updates on a kitchen that’s in decent shape. For example, if your existing appliances are in good working order, coat them with electrostatic paint to give them a metallic or enamel-type finish. And you don’t have to rip out your cabinets, either.
Switch out windows: Buyers love new windows, because they know the utility bills will be cheaper, as its energy efficient. See: Home Improvement: 10 Cheap Fixes to Increase the Value of Your Home.
Renovate the bathroom: Bathroom upgrades, like updated countertops and new fixtures, provide solid returns―anywhere from 68 to 78 percent. But, avoid anything trendy. Choose classic features, like off-white tiles. Don’t splurge on all new features. Instead, quick touch-ups on existing sinks, toilets, and tubs are just fine.
Curb appeal: The front of your house is the first thing people see, so it makes sense that any improvements will bring back an investment. Choose flowers that bloom year-round, rather than once per year.
Get rid of window units: Adding central air to an average house costs thousands of dollars; however, it will also boots your home’s value up to 30%.
Renovate the basement: A dry basement is far more important than worrying about the right lighting or furnishings. If your basement is prone to flooding, leaks, or excess moisture, call in a pro. Basement remodels gain back anywhere from 50 to 100 percent, depending on the quality of the materials. For further reading, see: 30 Expert Tips for Increasing the Value of Your Home