As you get ready to sell your house you might be wondering what you should bother fixing, especially if you have an older home that needs a lot of help. As you choose, you have to think like an investor. What investments will yield the highest ROI (return on investment). Here are five items you should consider.
Entry and Most Commonly Used Rooms
As you choose what you should fix up, think about the places that are seen first and used the most. That means making sure the entryway impresses and that rooms like the family room, living room, and kitchen look great. Because the buyers will most likely live in the master suite, you want to be sure the master bedroom and bathroom look spectacular as well.
For example, if the tile in the entryway looks bad, you might want to replace it. If the tile in the laundry room looks old, just clean it as best you can. Another area that buyers don’t care much about is the garage, so don’t spend much money there. However, replacing the faucets and towel hangers in the master bathroom could give it just enough oomph to attract buyers.
Walls are one of the easiest and cheapest things to fix. Before putting your home on the market, consider the shape of your walls. You should repair all of the holes in the walls, as well as paint the walls a light, neutral color. You can save money by painting it yourself or hire professionals for that wow factor. If you have any wallpaper on the walls, remove it and paint the wall instead. It’s hard for buyers to see past wallpaper, even though it’s a relatively easy fix.
Updating the light fixtures in your home is an easy and relatively inexpensive change that will help your home stand out. Make sure to choose fixtures that work well for the space. If you don’t have high ceilings, avoid fixtures that hang low or are large. Create a uniform look throughout the house without making it look too bland.
A Bad Roof
If you aren’t confident the roof will pass the home inspection, it’s best if you get the roof replaced before you put your home on the market. It will be a big stress for you to replace the roof if it’s a contingency in the contract, and having a new roof may attract buyers who know they won’t have to deal with it.
Details in Kitchen
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Though renovating the kitchen is expensive, there are small things you can do to help increase interest from buyers. For example, in addition to repainting, you can replace the hardware on the cabinets to make them look new. Consider replacing the backsplash as well, with tile that is on-trend. If you can fit it in your budget, new countertops are a big draw too, especially if you can find a granite remnant that works for your kitchen.
With some simple updates, your home can go from old to charming.