You’re thinking you might sell. Maybe your move is immediate or maybe it’s a few days down the road. Here are 5 things that will make you home easier to sell – and things you can enjoy if you do them before you sell!
1. Remodeling the Kitchen. Do it, but don’t go too far. You want the kitchen to be up-to-date with energy-savings appliances, but you also want it to respect the style of the house and neighborhood. An ultra-modern kitchen with sharp angles may not be a plus for an Arts and Crafts style home. Instead, look at replacing those old appliances and updating the look of the cabinets with new cabinets or maybe just a paint job on the old cabinets. Speaking of paint,repainting the kitchen so it looks fresh is a low-cost winner. Think about low-VOC paint that doesn’t off-gas chemicals. That may help you say “sold”. Except that you can get back 60% to over 100% on a kitchen update.
2. Bathroom Addition. If you only have a single bathroom, this will not only recoup about 80% to 130%, it will make your home much more saleable. So, how do you do it? Take a look at the underutilized space in your home. Is there a bedroom you don’t use? You only need about 18 square feet for a half-back and about 30 square feet for a full bath with a shower and no tub.Areas that work include the space under your stairs or even a closet. Some remodelers might take a spare bedroom next to the master and add not only a bathroom but a walk-in closet.
3. Energy-efficient Windows. These help in more ways than one! First, they give your home more curb appeal. Seeing those clean, new frames is a sure tipoff that you’ve upgraded your home. Add the energy savings of new double-pane windows over single-pane and you’re talking a savings of up to $500 on your utility bill. This is a good “fix” to do before you’re ready to sell so you can enjoy the savings while you stay cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Expect to get 60% to 90% of your investment to come back when you sell. Be sure to check to see if tax incentives are available locally, statewide or nationally.
4. Add a Deck. Look outside and appeal to your potential buyer. A new deck may return from 65% to 90% of your investment. This is especially good if you can save money by doing part of the work yourself. If you live in an area where decks aren’t the norm, think about creating a garden nook that’s shaded by a tree or create your own shade by adding a gazebo. Use pavers or flagstone to create a “floor”. Add a table and chairs or a swing to create an inviting retreat.
5. Pay Attention to the Basics. A buyer wants a home that has been well maintained. So, remember elbow grease counts when it’s time to sell (and, it’s much easier to make good maintenance an on-going habit by handling problems when they arise). So, be on the lookout for mold and scrub it away. Fix any leaks – the roof or the faucets. Repaint outside as needed and keep inside painted walls clean and fresh. Take care of your home and it will take care of you when it’s time to sell.
Some of these may be do-it-yourself jobs if you are handy, but don’t be afraid to call in a pro if the job is bigger than your skill level. A bathroom addition probably needs some professional assistance. You want to count on a licensed phoenix window replacement company if you are considering new windows. Their expert advice will help you pump up the curb appeal and their expertise will mean the installation will be problem-free. If you’re ready to sell, get going, but if the sale is in the future do the things that will save you money or help you enjoy your home.