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Time to Invest: Upgrading Your Home for Resale

Categories: Uncategorized | Posted: January 19, 2017

Selling a home is a hurdle many face before buying a new one. Very often homeowners overlook one important thing when putting their existing home on the market — UPGRADES. Upgrading a home before selling, whether major or minor upgrades, can really pay off for the seller.  Below are 10 upgrades that are considered an investment when it comes time to sell:

Bathroom remodel. It could be as easy as upgrading the fixtures or even just a new coat of paint. Some may want to do a little more by replacing the floors or vanity. Just like that you could have a like-new bathroom.

Update your floors. New carpet or hardwood flooring can greatly increase the resale value of your home depending on current trends. Think about what type of floors you are looking for in your next home because buyers looking at your home might be looking for the same thing. You may be surprised what new floors can do to update your home.

Landscaping. The very first thing buyers are going to notice is the outside of your home when they pull up. That first impression will last a life time. Be sure to keep your grass mowed. Planting some new flowers or bushes out front will add a nice little touch as well. 

A fresh coat of paint. Sure, that eggplant color may have worked for you but not necessarily the person who is buying your home. A fresh coat of paint in a neutral color can have a dramatic effect and change a person’s perception on buying your home.

Patio/Porch remodels or additions. Sellers may not realize this, but this could be the selling point of your home. We know it can get a little costly, but if you are willing to take that chance, then it could benefit you in the end. Not only does curb appeal matter, but the look of your backyard matters too. Usability of the backyard will make a big difference. If a person walks out onto a beautiful deck that they can see themselves grilling, enjoying family and a general warmth then they are more apt to pay more than just a bare backyard.

Basement remodel. You bought or built your home with a basement with a lot of square footage but somewhere along the way, you couldn’t find the time to finish the basement. Do it before you put it on the market. Buyers often only see a basement as an asset if there is usability and not just for storage. Growing trends in basements include rec rooms, play rooms, in law suites and more.

Replace your windows. When you originally bought your home you were enthralled by the vintage colors and character but now that you are selling, consider your windows. Many potential buyers see updated windows as a major buying point and could pay off for you.

Stage your home. Ok, this one can be a touchy subject. We understand you don’t want to take down your family photos or your college football memorabilia but potential buyers want to see themselves in the home you are selling, not you. Make your home as neutral as possible without so many personal touches and you just may see a positive impact in the end.

Heat and Air System upgrades. If you know that your unit needs to be replaced, consider replacing it before you sell your home. You might be thinking “Are you crazy? That is expensive,” but buyers are looking for move-in ready homes and don’t want to have to worry about aging systems. This could be a major plus in the end!

Remove popcorn ceilings. Potential buyers don’t want to see the aged trend of popcorn ceilings treatments. It could actually be the only reason why someone walked away from your home rather than putting in a offer. If you have the extra time and money, then this investment could have buyers putting in offers as soon as they walk in.

There are all kinds of tips and tricks out there that you can do to upgrade your home before selling, but these are just a few that we think will benefit you in the end. If you are unsure on what to do to get more out of your home, don’t hesitate to ask you real estate agent! They know exactly what people are looking for in today’s market! 


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