Top 5 Remodeling Projects For A Big Payoff
Selling your home is an exciting time and you want everything to go off without a hitch. The first order of business is to bring your home up to the maximum standards to fetch a fair price on the market. However, not every home improvement will make your home more desirable, and many of them could cost you big bucks, and even forfeit the sale.
The most common mistake is to believe that adding a swimming pool will automatically add value to the property. The truth is that adding a pool just might knock out a large chunk of qualified buyers that are adamantly against having a backyard pool. Instead, follow the 5 tried and true home improvements that are sure to add value to the sale of your home.
1. Bathrooms and Kitchens.
The majority of home buyers prefer to have updated kitchens and bathroom fixtures. This does not mean you have to completely overhaul an older home, but every little bit you can update will help. Granite countertops are a favorite, along with modern cabinets and newer appliances to accompany the sale.
Whether your home is to be sold carpeted, tiled or graced with hardwood floors, be sure that the workmanship is professionally done and that the colors are versatile. Newer carpets may not need to be replaced, but should be professionally steam cleaned and ready to go. Bear in mind that the new owners will not wish to invest in flooring, so keep the color and texture homogeneous throughout the house. Although a green carpet in one room and a red one in another may have served your living space well, the new owners want to see a central theme throughout the home.
The walls should be freshly painted in a neutral color with the same theme consistent in every room. White is acceptable, but you may also consider tones of beige to warm the room up. The color of the paint you choose is also a great tool to open up the room and make it appear larger. To achieve this effect, keep the colors very light and avoid contrasting color on the base boards.
4. Exterior Work.
The first impression is a lasting one, so try to add some curb appeal and make your home stand out. Exterior work may need only a simple coat of paint, however in some cases, you will need to have the house sand blasted. In addition, add some shutters, window treatments and a fresh coat of lively paint to the doors. Gardening also plays a major factor in your curb appeal, so be sure your lawn is healthy and green. You may also wish to transplant young flowers to add a splash of artistic color and invest in some small statues to define an outdoor space.
5. Driveways and Garages.
Most older homes have the original concrete or asphalt in their driveway, which although may be fully functional, they may also be unsightly. Laying down a fresh new driveway adds a lot to the overall appeal of the home and makes a good first impression when the cars come by. You may also wish to invest in a quality electric garage door, which are fairly cheap to have installed and add value and convenience for your buyer.