What Home Upgrades Matter?
Some of the home upgrades and fixes lsited here may not seem important, but remember that if you want to sell your house for top dollar (and possibly end up with a bidding war on your hands to drive up the price), you need to appeal to as many people as possible. This means fairly neutral paint colors, simplistic designs on hardware, spotless bathrooms, and a very clean home overall.
Kitchen– this is possibly the most important room in your home. Everything happens in the kitchen and people have very specific expectations when it comes to the kitchen.
- Rethink your cabinet hardware. Simply changing knobs is a great way to make your kitchen look updated and fresh. Nice brushed nickel knobs can be purchased for about $1 each.
- Check your backsplash. If your backsplash is outdated, consider upgrading. Some of the larger hardware stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot give free tile classes on the weekends. There are also a variety of stick-on tile that looks great when finished and is easy to install.
- Check the paint. People love to paint kitchens in all sorts of colors, but if your paint is an overwhelmingly bright or very dark color, consider repainting it. The paint on the walls around the sink and stove (if you don’t have a backsplash that covers the entire space) can get especially nasty and in need of a fresh coat.
- Can you upgrade your appliances? Everyone is looking for newer, upgraded appliances in a kitchen. This isn’t something you want to go spend a lot of money on (especially considering that you’re moving out), but if your appliances are really dated, they may need an upgrade.
Bathrooms– After the kitchen, the bathrooms matter most. Potential home buyers want to see a clean, nice looking bathroom, especially the master bath. Take the time and make the bathrooms look nice.
- Re-caulk the bathtub. This is minimal in cost and can make all the difference, turning a dingy looking tub into a clean, fresh area.
- Reglaze your bathtub to make it look like new again. This can be cheaper than purchasing a brand new bathtub, and if done properly it can last for years.
- Remove or replace old shower doors. Shower doors can become scratched or look dirty even when clean. Especially if there is any metal on your shower door, it can look old and nasty to someone who is looking to purchase that brand new home of their dreams.
- Fresh coat of paint. You may have loved the cute little fish and bubbles you painted on the walls, but if you want to appeal to all audiences, those awesome little touches need to go.
- Upgrade faucets and faucet knobs. This is especially for those bathrooms with extremely dated faucets that are in bad shape.
Interior Painting/Fixing– Paint inside and fix minor cosmetic problems around the house. Chipped paint and holes in the wall are not appealing features.
- Fix holes in the wall. This requires a little patch work and some paint.
- Paint rooms and hallways. Remember to keep the colors fairly neutral to appeal to a larger audience.
- Refinish hardwood floors. Hardwood floors can be a big selling point, but not if they look terrible and are scratched and scraped. Consider refinishing prior to putting your home on the market.
- Replace cracked floor tiles. While you may know it’s just a crack from dropping something, a potential buyer may see it as a possible serious issue. Replace the cracked tile.
Landscaping & Outdoors– This is all about curb appeal. People need to like the way the outside of the home looks. First impressions are everything.
- A splash of color can go a long way when it comes to making your home look bright and beautiful outside. Add a little color with some flowers. You can also add a flower pot or two to your front porch area to make it look more inviting.
- Grass is important. If yours is dead, attempt to get more growing prior to putting your home on the market. If you are unable to do so, consider sod.
- Well-trimmed bushes simply look good. Keep bushes properly maintained throughout the entire selling process.
- Paint the exterior of your home. Do you have pillars by the front door? Do you have a garage with wood trim on the outside? All those areas that have managed to turn a bit gray over the years need to be bright and clean prior to selling your home. Cleaning up and painting the outside wood can make a huge difference when it comes to curb appeal.