Home Improvements to Make Before Listing Your Home



When you decide to sell your home, you have a lot of work to do before you can put out the sign in the yard to place it for sale. Without bringing it up in value before placing it for sale, you cannot viably sell it. It will simply languish on the market unsold. Your taking the time to fix it up quickly makes all the difference in its resale value. Most items you need to do cost little, such as painting the exterior.

Replace Anything That Needs It

Tour your home and note the appliances that you have had for more than ten years. Most tankless water heaters have a life expectancy of more than 20 years, so you can skip the water heater unless you owned it for two decades already. You should replace your washer and dryer and refrigerator if you will sell them with the home. Take stock of the items such as the front and back door and storm doors, replacing them if they show wear.

This also applies to bathroom and kitchen cabinets. Replace any older flooring, especially vinyl flooring in the kitchen or bathroom. Put down new hardwood floors or ceramic tile.

Think About Curb Appeal

You should landscape your yard. Put in flower beds and shrubs. Edge the yard with a fence if you do not already have one installed. When choosing fencing materials, vinyl proves several times stronger than wood and brick have them both beat. You can make it even prettier by surrounding it with bamboo or planting ivy on it.

Paint your house, too. You can make your home look just built by painting it. Add an accent color and replace your garage door or at least repaint it. You could also have it wrapped in vinyl. This option costs less than $100 but makes the garage door look fabulous. You can choose from many designs and many include landscape photos or pictures of seascapes. These take up the full size of the garage door. You can also choose an option that looks like old-fashioned barn doors or wood.

Cater to Who You Think Will Be Interested in Your House

Research your neighborhood to find out who buys there. About one-third of the individuals who buy a home are buying for the first time. That’s 33% of home sales in the US.

If your research undercovers that they all have children, then you should restore your extra home office space to a bedroom. Add a bathroom if you only have one. People prefer two bathrooms for larger homes.

Finish out your basement or your attic. This provides added room for families. You can make a smaller home seem bigger by finishing out these two areas. You will have plenty of space for a home office or playroom.

Add a deck to the backyard if you do not have one already. This provides outdoor kitchen space and an entertainment area. Adding a porch to the front of the home also raises the value of the home.

You can raise the value of your home in numerous ways. Some simply require planting a few flowers or painting the exterior. Your home needs more than just cleaning. You must bring it up to the level of the other homes in the neighborhood. This means finished flooring, fresh paint. You should also replace the windows and have the carpets cleaned.

You need to make your home like the comparable or comp homes in the neighborhood. Once you have attained that level of interior and exterior, you can safely sell your home.

About Regina Gables

Regina Gables is a Realty Biz News Contributor and a freelance writer. With a background in Journalism, she enjoys writing on real estate topics such as home buying, real estate technology and opinionated editorials.