When you’re ready to sell your home, it’s normal to want to put as much value into it as possible. The more you add the higher your payday will be when a buyer goes for the property.
Not every remodeling project offers a finish that makes the work worth it, though! These are some of the best remodeling projects to complete before you sell your property.
Update Older Windows
The older your windows are, the more you’ll find buyers complaining and wanting them replaced. You don’t have to replace every single window, but update any portions that have cracked or damaged glass and ensure that your frames aren’t yellowing or cracking.
If you live in an area that’s high-visibility but you want to let in natural light, consider getting a house-window tint applied! This will protect your home from any possible people trying to peek in during the daytime. Tinted windows will also help lower the cooling bills in the summer.
Add Visual Intrigue
Visual intrigue doesn’t have to be something huge! You don’t need a huge spiral staircase or a giant chandelier. Instead, work small. Adding an aluminum trim coil can update the exterior of your home and add some interest through a shift in color or style.
On the interior of your home, you can do this by adding a shiplap or wallpapered interest wall and using stains and paint colors that work well together. Create a home that guides people through and tells a story.
Ensure Your Home’s Energy Efficient
Energy efficiency is on the top of many buyers’ lists! They want a home that can stay as cool or warm as they want without having to deal with the cost of overworking the HVAC system. To achieve this, take the time to check your windows and doors for leaks first. If there’s an air leak, it’ll ruin any work you do on your HVAC system.
Have your HVAC system cleaned, and replace any filters around the home. If you don’t have a smart thermostat, it’s time to get one. This is also a good time to check if the home has continuous insulation and what condition it’s in.
Clean and Update Your Floors
Your floors can tell a lot about your property. Even if they seem fine, it’s a good idea to scrub them and get rid of any sign that people have lived there. This might mean refinishing your wood floors or taking the time to deep clean and stain treat your carpets.
You want these floors to look new without having to spend the money and time to replace them. Invest in good cleaning and finishing tools.
Make Your Fireplace Look Warm
If you have a fireplace, it needs to be the center of attention in whatever space it’s in. Adding manufactured stone veneer will update how it looks and make it far more welcoming. Go for a veneer that matches the tone or style of the rest of your home, and avoid anything that can’t handle the heat of a fireplace.
You can also dress this area by adding a chair with a blanket near it to allude to sitting by the fire for some reading and calming quiet.
Minor Bathroom Remodels
Bathrooms need to be a space where people can see themselves vanishing into relaxation. Instead of giving in to the urge to completely gut and redo this space, take your time to make small but impressive changes. These changes can be replacing the tile, removing scale, updating faucets, and adding a fresh coat of paint. This saves money in the long run and still creates a bathroom anyone would love.
Let Your Kitchen Shine
We all want a dream kitchen that will impress guests and be fun to use, and it’s important that you create this fantasy for buyers. Create a kitchen that speaks to their interests by giving it a minor kitchen remodel. A full kitchen remodel is great but has a far lower return on investment. Instead, deep clean the space, add molding to kitchen cabinets, update hardware, and consider replacing the appliances or the counters.
This is a scaled-back upgrade, but it’s all you need to make something incredible.
Increase Your Curb Appeal
Curb appeal is vital so you can get people into the door. A house that looks terrible and poorly maintained on the outside is going to make buyers assume it’s the same on the inside. Give them a reason to come inside!
This is a cheap fix that just takes a lot of work, so it has a high return on investment. Take a weekend to cut back any greenery, trim and edge your grass, and consider power washing any concrete, brick, or other surfaces. If you take your time, you can make something incredible.
Every Home Can Be Improved!
Regardless of how old or updated your property is: you can update it! Consider following some of these tips to allow your house to really shine.
Sam Willis is a freelance writer that loves sharing his knowledge and expertise with his readers. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia where he enjoys spending time with his wife and doing projects in his free time. Sam’s work as a freelance writer can be found on Building Product Advisors, a new construction industry resource launching in Fall 2022.