If you are considering selling your home this fall or winter, you may be wondering what home improvements to invest in and which updates will maximize your return on investment. We collaborated with our friends at Turn Key Realty to determine just that!
At Unique Painting KC, we have a great team that would love to meet with you to discuss the options for improving your home. Hiring professionals to identify problem areas, prep your home property, and get the job done is well worth your time and resources.
Here are nine pre-listing updates to ensure your home sells at top value.
Power Wash Your Exterior
One of the primary reasons homes sit on the market or fall out of contract is because the home’s exterior hasn’t been maintained, causing interior issues.
This simple task can do wonders for your exterior, sidewalks, driveway, and deck. Power washing has minimal upfront cost but goes a long way revealing fresh surfaces while eliminating any mold of algae that may have begun to grow on your home.
Add Fresh Paint
Repainting your home’s interior and exterior will yield your largest return on investment, increasing your home’s value up to $4,000.
Keep it light and neutral. Make sure that the color you select for your interior walls is complimentary of the trim and overall style of the home. Unique Painting offers these suggestions for your home’s interior and exterior.
Talk to the specialists about the surface and location of your project. Not all paint is created equal, quality and finish matter. Unique Painting will guide you to choose the right shade and finish to compliment your space.
Renew Your Landscape
Fresh landscape is a quick way to liven up your exterior. Clean up your flower beds, add plants to pots, and add new mulch to your existing landscape to liven-up your space for fall.
When the green leaves start to turn, and we no longer have bright blooms and leaves on the trees this will make your yard look tidy.
A bright room comes across clean and inviting. Replace old bulbs and update your fixtures to welcome potential buyers. Check out Lowes, Home Depot, and Amazon for budget friendly options.
Refinish or Replace Flooring
Flooring is important to most buyers purchasing a new home. Hardwood floors offer a great return on investment! According to the NAR, the cost recovery for refinishing hardwood floors is 147%. It is 118% for new hardwood floors. Your Unique Painting KC consultant, Toska can help you identify the best stain to compliment your space.
Replacing your cabinet hardware with more modern pulls is a quick and easy way to freshen up your cabinets. Keep your hardware such as door knobs, stops, pulls, and light futures consistent throughout your house.
Choose finishes that coordinate with one another. These small updates will give your home a more updated look, attracting more buyers.
Improving insulation is important to buyers of every price range. Upgrading your insulation helps lower heating and cooling bills and buyers can see the instant savings on utilities.
Ensure your attic is insulated with approximately 10-14″ of insulation, the entryway is sealed, and ensure vents are working properly to maximize your efficiency.
Maintain Your Roof
If you have updated your exterior an old roof will likely stand out. Contact one or more licensed roofing companies who provide free estimates.
Make the appropriate repairs or replacement as needed. Professionals will know if there are grounds for an insurance claim, that could save you money in repairs.
Replace Garage Doors
A new or updated garage door definitely increases curb appeal, but so does the function. Buyers will want to know if the garage door operates properly.
Maintenance is often a relatively minimal cost but replacing belts, springs, the garage door transmitter, or the door altogether show a buyer that you’re a seller who takes pride in their home.
Bottom line, there will always be sellers that need to sell and buyers that need to buy. Consider the improvements that you make to your home as an investment.
Homes that have been maintained and improved over time attract the attention of serious, well-qualified buyers which make the process smoother and potentially more profitable for you.
If you have questions about your home’s value, the real estate market, or improvements you are considering, our team at Turn Key Realty stands ready and willing to serve you.