Tuesday, 30 April 2013 18:08

Which Renovations Will Help You Sell a Home?

As you prepare to sell a home, you have some decisions to make. How do you decide which updates and repairs will give you the best return on investment and help you sell your home quickly?

First of all, you probably don’t need to overdo it. Small, inexpensive upgrades often provide better and more cost-effective results than a major overhaul. Make sure everything is as clean as can be.

Give the walls a fresh coat of neutral paint to create a fresh, blank canvas that people can imagine themselves decorating to their own taste. Replace small things like door handles, faucets, curtains and cabinet knobs to give your home an updated look.

Next, think about the first impression--it’s absolutely the most important for home buyers. Before people even walk through your front door, they’ve already formed an opinion. So invest some time, money and energy into the curb appeal. Plant flowers and shrubbery and make sure the lawn is neatly trimmed. Put yourself in a house hunter’s shoes by approaching the home yourself and noticing what strikes you. It’s easy to overlook things we see every day, so try to look at it with a critical eye. If possible, enlist the help of a friend or your agent to give you their thoughts.

Your front door and the area around it should be clean, tidy and inviting. Be sure to look for even the smallest detail in need of repair. As you step inside, the entryway should be warm and welcoming, as this is the first impression buyers will get of the home’s interior. Even though it might normally be cluttered with coats, hats and boots, try to keep the area clear when you’re showing the house.

Once you’ve taken care of the first impressions, the most important room of your house--and the best return on your remodeling investment--is the kitchen. Besides new paint and hardware for the cabinets, your kitchen remodel might include new counter tops or appliances. Granite and stainless steel continue to be popular choices that appeal to most buyers, and if you can afford it these are probably the best choice. But even a fresh new tile counter top and clean, crisp new white appliances can make a favorable impression.

Bathrooms are next after the kitchen for a good return on your remodeling dollar. If your bathrooms are dated, it’s a good idea to at least update some part, whether it’s new tile, fixtures or faucets. As with the rest of the house, a fresh coat of neutral paint can work wonders in the bathroom.

Remember, you don’t have to remodel your entire home to make a big difference. Contact us--we can help you determine which renovations are the best choice for your home and your budget.

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