When it’s time to sell your house, you want to get the highest price possible for it. If your house isn’t in the best condition or is outdated, then you’ll need to complete some home improvement projects to bring it up to par. Unfortunately, not all upgrades are worth the money.
You should only invest your time and money on upgrades that’ll bring you a high ROI (return on investment). This means you’ll get more money back for making the upgrades than you spent completing them. How do you know which improvements are worth making?
In our guide below, we discuss some of the best home improvement projects to raise the value of your home when selling. Continue reading to find out more!
Upgrade/Remodel the Bathrooms
One of the first places to start is the bathroom. Bathroom cabinets, hardware, and floor and shower tiles should be upgraded if worn or damaged. A great way to see a high ROI is to make simple and inexpensive upgrades that change the appearance of the entire room.
For example, you can replace the tub if needed. You can also consider recaulking and reglazing the tub to freshen it up. Refinishing cabinets rather than replacing them will save you money and can look just as good when done right.
Some small changes like switching out the vanity mirror and bathroom hardware won’t cost you much but will add value. You should also install sconces on the wall to boost the value as well. When doing these upgrades, keep the kitchen in mind.
To ensure there’s a nice flow to the house, you’ll want to use the same hardware, cabinets, and other upgrades in the kitchen as well. This is something homebuyers will notice.
Upgrade/Remodel the Kitchen
The next step is the kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s oftentimes the room that sells the house when it gives buyers what they want and need.
If the kitchen is old and outdated, your buyers will see lots of money signs that’ll need to go into the kitchen to remodel it. To prevent this from happening, make those small upgrades you did in the bathroom to the kitchen also.
If the cabinets are still in good condition but just outdated, you can refinish them rather than replace them. Switch out the hardware in the kitchen for the same upgraded hardware you used in the bathrooms as well. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box either.
There are lots of cool hardware such as crystals, animal shapes, and more that you can use to make your house stand out from the competition. Be sure to switch out old appliances for new ones also. One of the last things to consider for the kitchen remodel is to install new countertops.
If your current kitchen has laminate countertops, then you’ll want to replace them with a stone. You don’t have to go with the most expensive one on the market either. Make sure the bathrooms have the same countertops though.
Install New Flooring
What does the current flooring in your home look like? Old worn down wooden floors, out of date tiles, and stained carpets aren’t a good look. When buyers step inside your home, you don’t want to greet them with smelly or ruined flooring.
Be sure to either restore your current hardwood floors, replace ugly tile, and install new carpet flooring in the bedrooms. If there’s carpet in other rooms other than the bedrooms, you might want to have it removed and replaced with a hard surface flooring option.
If the carpeting is in great shape, then a simple cleaning should do the trick. If laying down new flooring, be sure to use the same flooring throughout the home to ensure the flow remains.
Install Energy-Efficient Windows
Homebuyers love to know they’re purchasing an investment. They want a home that’ll save them money as well. One way to pull buyers in is to install energy-efficient windows.
New windows alone are great items to have. New energy-efficient windows are even better. To go the extra mile, you can even consider getting energy-efficient appliances as well if you’re planning on replacing appliances in your kitchen.
There are dishwashers, refrigerators, and other appliances you can buy that’ll save energy costs for the new homeowners.
Repaint the Interior and Exterior Walls
Repainting all the interior and exterior walls is another great way to add value to your house without having to spend a lot of money or put in a lot of effort. When choosing the color for the interior, a shade of white or something neutral is best.
Remember, you want to attract as many buyers as possible and not everyone has the same taste. When you paint the walls a neutral color, more buyers can invasion their own designs in the house. Light colors will also make the rooms appear larger.
The same should be done for the exterior walls. Choose a neutral color so homebuyers aren’t turned off. Some good ideas are shades of white, light grey, tans or light browns, and more.
Upgrade the Curb Appeal
Upgrading the curb appeal of your house is inexpensive to do and will be the first thing buyers see when approaching the house. Put down new sod in the yard currently has brown patches where the grass is missing. You can also create a small garden in front of the house using fresh mulch and colorful plants.
If the roof is in bad shape, make sure you address this as well. Homebuyers will either ask the seller to reduce the price to cover the cost of a new roof or will turn away from the sale completely due to needed roof repairs.
Which Home Improvement Upgrades Will You Make?
When you’re ready to sell your house, be sure to only complete home improvements projects and upgrades that’ll add value to your home in the eyes of the buyers. Follow the tips listed in this guide above to ensure you do just that!
Which home improvement projects will you tackle?
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