With a growing family and changing needs, the time may have come for you to make a move. If you’re selling your home, it may be time for an update. You may love your fuchsia walls and lime-green shag carpet, but your buyers won’t. That means it’s time to invest some money in renovating your home. It might seem like a drag now, but preparing your home to sell is what’s going to make you reap the most rewards in the future. Use your savings or money from direct lenders to renovate your home with some of these crowd-pleasers.
Up the Curb Appeal
If you’re preparing to sell your home, your neighbors already know. Attract attention early on by investing in the yard now. Nobody can see the inside of your home, but everyone will see the outside right away, so keep the lawn manicured and your porch in tip-top shape.
There are several ways to make your home stand out on the street. Depending on where you live and the type of finish you use, your home should be repainted every three to seven years. If your home doesn’t need new paint, consider power washing the exterior. You or a professional can use a pressure hose to wash off all of the dirt and grime in every nook and cranny to have it looking like new.
Also think about your lawn. Do you want to install a fresh green lawn, or would you rather get drought-resistant plants? Lush lawns are one of the single most effective ways to get a buyer’s attention, but it’s expensive to keep up. If you live in an arid climate or an area affected by drought, consider installing a drought-resistant garden. Landscaping professionals will help you form your yard with desert dwelling plants and rocks that will make your yard come to life.
Finally, be sure to sweep your porch. Install a porch light, a custom welcome mat, and a chair or two if there’s room. The porch gives a sense of what potential buyers can expect when they come in, so make sure they get a warm welcome.
Replace Old Flooring
Rip out the old stained carpet and put in hardwood flooring. Exposed wood is the trend of today, and it will modernize the space to make it feel like new. If you can’t afford wood flooring, go for wood laminate. Modern wood laminate is sophisticated, polished, and looks just like the real thing.
If you choose to install carpet, say goodbye to shag carpet and hello to plush. Plush carpet is made of closely packed yarn to give it a smooth surface. Always go for a neutral color that matches your home, and contact a Lowe’s professional to make sure you get it right. Families with children love soft carpeting for little ones to roll around on, so be sure to highlight this update when showing the house.
Renovate the Kitchen
Renovating the kitchen shows you mean business in selling your home. It’s the single most important marketing point, so it may be worth making room in your budget. Consider new appliances like sinks, faucets, cabinets, and countertops, but weigh your options to make sure you’re getting the most bang for your buck. Can’t afford new cabinets? Repaint them! Can’t afford a marble countertop? Go with faux marble! There are multitudes of options that can make your kitchen look like a million bucks without breaking the bank.
Upgrade the Bathroom
Like the kitchen, your bathrooms will draw some of the most attention during a walkthrough. Make sure everything is spic and span, from the crown moldings to the grout between the tiles. Update the fixtures with shiny new faucets, shower heads, and modernized appliances. If you really want to draw a crowd of buyers, incorporate modern home décor with subway tiles and industrial fixtures. When it comes to bathrooms, the devil is in the details. At the same time, choose neutral colors that will keep the bathroom looking timeless. Finish it off with a few eye-catching bathroom towels, and voila! Your bathroom looks as good as new.
Whether you’re working with a real estate agent or selling the property on your own, it’s critical that you impress potential buyers with your open house. With these tips in mind you’ll have the ultimate showing that will draw people in.
Contributed by M. Frank; photos used with permission