There can be a lot to consider before putting your home on the market. Will you get enough money for it? Will it sell quickly? Will the timing of my next home purchase coincide with my current home’s sale? What will I have to do to get my home ready to sell? With all of these questions, selling your home can be extremely stressful, but does it really have to be? What if I told you that there are practically surefire ways to help you get a better price for your home in addition to boosting your chances for a quick sale.
Making updates to your home in preparation to put it on the market can pay off dividends when your home eventually sells. But what are the best updates to make to your home? The last thing you want to do when you’re considering home improvement projects is to waste time, energy, and funds on an update that really won’t significantly increase your home’s value or simply won’t aid much in resale. Let’s talk about some of the smartest updates to make to your home before you put it on the market.
Replace the Roof
Depending on the materials, quality of work, and barring any natural disasters that might shorten its life, your roof should last anywhere from 20 to as much as 40 years. But when your roof starts to show signs of age, a new roof might be just what your home needs to sell quickly. A roof replacement can add 15%-40% to your final selling price. That’s quite a return on your investment.
Increase the Curb Appeal
Improving the way the exterior looks can increase your selling price significantly. Increasing your curb appeal can mean so much more than just planting some flowers, it can look like building onto your porch, planting trees, doing some brick or stonework, and even getting a fresh paint job on the exterior. Consider upping your game when it comes to your home’s curb appeal. Your efforts will, most likely, be rewarded handsomely.
Update the Bathroom
Updating your powder room is an excellent way to increase the amount you get back when you resell your home. Bathroom updates, on average, produce a prosperous return on investment. There are several ways to go about this at different price points. Here are some possible ideas for bathroom updates:
- Bathroom Fixtures
- New Toilet/Sink
- Update Flooring
- New Tile
- Modern Lighting
Modernize the Kitchen
Kitchen modifications and updates and give you more than a 90% return on your investment. A modern kitchen is very attractive to buyers and there are so many different options when it comes to updating your kitchen. Consider going for a modern backsplash, a deeper sink, new appliances, granite counter tops, bigger island, or better cabinetry. Browse pictures online and start creating someone’s dream kitchen.
Remodel or Finish the Basement
Whatever the state of your basement may be, chances are that it could use a little TLC from you before you both part ways because basement work is a great way to up your numbers at resale. Instantly add to your square footage and bedroom/bathroom count by adding a mother-in-law suite or create a man-cave or lounge that features space for a pool table and is equipped with a kitchenette. Careful though, when you’re done with it, your modern basement might make you want to keep your house.
Replace the Windows and Doors
Though this may not seem like an improvement that would pay off, replacing the windows and doors can increase the value of your home and result in more interest from buyers. Newer windows and doors should significantly help save energy by sealing in the temperature. If your windows and doors are older, are poor quality, or weren’t installed well, you might consider doing your HVAC unit a favor and choosing this update.
Revamp the Flooring
There are some specific updates that really catch the eye of your buyers. One of those modernizations are floors that look amazing. There are several great ways to ensure that your floors look fantastic: consider refinishing your hardwood floors and give them a modern finish or replace that old carpet with some hardwood, laminate, vinyl flooring, or tile. But you’re not locked into a certain look for your floors. Shop around to see what is available and what fits the feel of your home. If you’re wanting to give your house that instant cosmetic improvement, consider giving your floors some TLC.
Replace the HVAC Unit
One of the best ways to impress your buyers and instantly add dollars to your home’s value is to switch out your old HVAC unit. As it ages, your heating and cooling system starts to show signs of wear and tear. This can present itself with its inability to keep a consistent temperature, frequent on and off cycling, and unwanted changes in temperature. If you can tell that your HVAC unit might be on its way out, there is no time like the present to switch it out. And if you’re needing a service pro to take a look, feel free to contact one of your New Braunfels experts at Legacy Heating and Air Conditioning Services.
Preparing your home to be put on the market doesn’t have to completely stress you out. It can be as simple as deciding on the right updates, making the right calls, and getting the best pros to come and do these jobs for you. Take a deep breath and trust the professionals. Good luck!