Home-selling season is officially in full swing! But most sellers feel that getting their homes ready to sell is a daunting process—especially if there are remodeling projects that must happen before selling.
It can be especially hard to know which projects will attract the best offers and which are best left to the new homeowner. We put together this mini-guide to help you decide which projects to do and which ones to skip.
Before You Get Started…
As with any home project, do your homework. It is important to understand what you are working with and what your options are before you can decide which home remodel projects to embark on before selling your home.
Do Ensure Your Exterior Gives a Good First Impression
The exterior of your home sets the tone for potential buyers. Step outside and take a look at what impression your home is making. Walk up and down your street and take notice of what stands out to you about the other homes in your neighborhood—both good and bad. Experts estimate you will get nearly a 100% return investment on curb appeal projects.
Do Make Your Kitchen Sparkle
We all know kitchens are critical to selling a home. But that doesn’t mean a full remodel is needed to have an in-demand kitchen. First, evaluate the age and function of your kitchen. If the bones of your kitchen are good, look at easy projects such as a clean coat of paint, new countertops or changing out the hardware to give your kitchen a fresh look. If your kitchen is in need of greater attention, reach out to a designer or contractor to help you decide the best course of action. Working with an expert will not only save you time and money, but they can help you make the best choices for your market and resale.
Do Give Bathrooms a Fresh Look
We all know what it’s like to go into a not-so-clean-and-fresh bathroom—it’s not a pleasant experience. Luckily, bathroom remodels offers some of the highest return on investment a homeowner can get, especially if the bathroom is out of date or has broken fixtures. Hire experts to make sure work is done correctly and to prevent issues during home inspection.
Do Update or Add on a Patio or Deck
Outdoor spaces provide added square footage to a home, but at a lower price point than an actual addition. A nice wood deck allows for outdoor dining or entertaining, which is an appealing option to most homebuyers. It also allows you to showcase a large yard or provide functional space in a smaller yard. Just remember to keep the size of the space proportionate to the size of the house.
Don’t Tackle Any of These Projects
Skip the following projects unless you are planning to be in your home for a while and will be able to enjoy the space as part of the ROI for investing.