So, you are ready to sell but not sure which home improvements will give you the best bang for your buck? With very little effort, you can transform an average house into an above-average property that is sure to get second looks from buyers. Follow these home improvement guidelines to make sure your property stands out above the rest!
1. Paint Inside and Out
Fresh paint is the most cost-effective and profitable improvement you can make, even if your home doesn’t need a new coat. Paint All interior walls a neutral color (looks brighter) and the ceilings white to make rooms look bigger. You may love the multicolored walls in your home but it will definitely turn away a potential buyer. The more “neutral” the better when selling. Let a potential buyer imagine themselves living there, which is what they are doing. Right? 🙂
2. New Lights
Replace your outdated fixtures! This inexpensive improvement can update old decor that might have discouraged buyers. If you haven’t shopped for fixtures lately, you might be pleasantly surprised @ how affordable modern fixtures are these days.
3. New Flooring
Install new carpet, linoleum or tile and refurbish hardwood floors if needed. Choose a neutral color for new carpeting. New flooring will increase the market value of your home, while shabby floors can kill a sale.
4. Planted Landscape
Attractive front and back yards boost the value of any property. Mow the lawn, trim the shrubs, and plant new bedding flowers. Clean up perennial beds, plant some trees if the yard is barren, especially in the front parkway. Sweep the patio or deck and decorate with potted plants and flowers. Curb appeal is the first thing potential buyers will see, so highlight the good and camouflage the not so good.
5. Completed Repairs
Before listing your home for sale, make all minor repair and catch up on maintenance. If you’ve deferred maintenance, get a professional home inspection and make any needed repairs before listing the home. If you don’t, the buyer will probably discount the offer price for more than the actual cost of repairs or replacement.
6. A Clean Garage
If you use your garage for storage, clean it out and rent a storage space. Paint the interior white. If your garage is unfinished, install wallboard or build storage shelves on the back wall. A clean garage will help solidify a buyer’s impression of home improvements and in move-in condition.
There you have it! These 6 SIMPLE improvements will greatly increase your chances of selling your home, and sell it quickly, for the right price. However, if you need more renovation to update your home, visit our Louisville, Ky or Newport, Ky locations for the best prices on kitchen and bath products, flooring, plumbing, hardware, tile and more! Happy Remodeling!
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The list above was provided by a recommended agent in Northern Kentucky, Amy Chrisman-Williams. Give her a call for your NKY Real Estate Questions!