Many home sellers overlook easy and relatively inexpensive fixes and upgrades that not only increase visual appeal, but may also add real value to a home’s selling price. While major remodeling is costly and may not address the needs and tastes of prospective buyers, these maintenance and update suggestions have universal appeal and may help a home sell more quickly – and for a better price.
- The kitchen and bathrooms must get a deep cleaning. Sellers should consider having a cleaning company that offers “move in / move out” cleaning services to do the job.
- If kitchen cabinet exteriors are in bad shape, refacing may be an option. Far less expensive than new cabinetry, refacing can give old and worn cabinets new life and can visually update a kitchen. Even new paint can do wonders to boost that first impression.
- Consider replacing kitchen or bathroom counters with a neutral colored laminate surface if the current material is badly worn or stained. This gives everything a fresh look and prevents potential buyers from focusing on an eyesore.
- A stylish new kitchen faucet doesn’t have to cost a lot and can instantly update the look of the room. In the bathroom, new updated faucets and towel bars will have a similar effect.
- Fresh paint on the walls and ceilings will do wonders for all rooms in the house. Stick to neutral tones so buyers aren’t distracted by colors that make a statement. They’ll be able to imagine themselves and their furniture in the space much more easily.
- Take a look at the doorknobs and handle sets of the interior doors. If the hardware is dated, unmatched or otherwise doesn’t look its best, consider replacements. There are many attractive hardware styles available today that won’t break the bank.
- If carpet is covering hardwood floors, consider having it removed to expose the hardwood flooring. Hardwood floors are desirable, so show them off! If the carpet is going to stay, it should be thoroughly cleaned.
Homeowners should save major remodeling projects – and the significant budget required – for their new home, not the one they are about to sell. But implementing some of the steps above can increase the appeal to prospective buyers without a huge investment in time or money.