Sellers continually ponder whether or not they should update their home, remodel, or do nothing, in anticipation of putting their home on the market for sale. The random thoughts are: “Well, the new owner will want to do their own remodeling, it is a big expense so let’s just reduce the price of the house,” or “what can we do minimally that will make the most sense and create the most revenue?” Well, in fact, there are several things that you can do that will not break the bank; however will spiff up the property.
The kitchen is usually the first item on everyone’s list, as that is where friends and family congregate for most gatherings and is the main hub of activity. For a few hundered dollars, you can replace the kitchen faucets and update the hardware on the cabinets. Instead of new cabinets, check into refacing the ones you have. Fresh coats of paint, depending on the type of cabinets can also bring a fresh new look. If the kitchen appliances are of the eclectic nature, consider ordering new doors or face panels from the manufacturer. Many dishwasher panels are white on one side and black on the other. This might be as simple as removing a couple of screws and reversing the panels.
Bathrooms would be next on the list of importance to update. Again, there are simple things that you can do. For instance, a new toilet seat and the addition of a pedestal sink can add newness to a bathroom and would be fairly easy for homeowners to install. A discolored floor can be changed with easy-to-apply tiny tiles, sometimes even applied directly over the old floor (but do check this out before laying new tiles over old flooring)! If you had thought about having a contractor retile the wall, which could be expensive, you might want to consider a pre-fabricated tub and shower surround. This would need professional installation; however much less than hiring a tile contractor.
Another relatively inexpensve “fix” involves a fresh coat of paint and professional carpet cleaning, or installation of new carpet. This can indicate to the potential buyer that the owners have cared for the home. The later are usually two fixes that I would suggest to most owners thinking about selling their property.
If you have a lack of storage, there are closet companies which will allow you to measure and redesign your closets online. Most closets can be upgraded in a weekend and will make your home look more customized to potential buyers.
A couple of other things you may want to consider. Make sure all electrical and plumbing is in order. You might want to consider hiring professionals for a few hours to make sure all is running safely and up to code. Also, because your front entry is what will be seen first, you will want to make sure this space is very pleasing to the eye. Painting your front door a vibrant color, as well as adding new hardware will add to the appeal. If there is room to incorporate planters next to the front door, do so with bright and lively colors.
And of course, curb appeal is very important. If you have lawn, it should be mowed, walkways swept, gutters straightened and consider some well placed shrubs. If your garage door faces the street, it also should be cleaned, painted and any dents removed. The first impression is the most important and you only get one chance for that first impression!
As always, check with you professionals for additional help and information.