It’s spring time and the housing market is starting to pick up. Buyers like to buy houses in the spring (or warmer weather), and sellers like to list houses in the spring. If you’re looking to sell your home this year, it might be time to do those much needed renovations to help your house show better and sell quicker.
You might think, “I’m selling my house, why do I want to put money into it?” Well to answer that, if you do the right projects and make smart renovation decisions, the money you put into your house will pay you right back in the increased value when you sell.
Kitchens and bathrooms sell, and that mantra pretty much holds true. So if you’re planning to sell your house, start with these most popular areas, but don’t neglect other areas too. Here is a list of top renovations you might want to consider doing this spring.
Updating your kitchen can be costly, but the increased value of your home from doing this project will be well worth it. Kitchens are the heart of the home. Think to yourself how often you’ve gone to a party at a friend or family’s house and everyone seems to congregate in the kitchen. It’s a big draw, probably because thats where food is being cooked, but people want to feel comfortable in the kitchen. Try updating cabinets, countertops and flooring as a great way to make your house stand out to potential buyers.
How many times have you seen ugly dated 1950’s colors in a bathroom? In fact, we have a blog post about 1950s bathroom remodeling. It’s just a turn off to buyers to see outdated bathrooms because it just means more work they have to do when they buy the house.
Is it time to replace your roof? Many buyers will walk away, or at very least ask for an allowance or credit if the roof needs to be replaced. Read about the signs it’s time to replace your roof in this other blog post.
Retaining wall, sidewalk, and stairs
Curb appeal is more important than many people think. A potential buyer might not even look at your house if the retaining wall is crumbling or if your front stairs are broken, chipping paint, or overly weathered. Another problem is if the sidewalk leading to your house looks more like a crab grass minefield popping up through cracks in cement than a nice pathway. Curb appeal sells.
Vinyl siding, wood siding, cedar shake? You could have any one of these different styles of siding on your house, but make sure it’s in good shape and all the same color, no one wants to buy a house that has three shades of blue siding. If you have missing siding, broken siding, chipping paint on wood siding, or mismatched colors, it might be time to fix it up.
These are just a few of the more obvious home renovations you might want to consider when getting your house ready to sell. Curb appeal and interior visual appeal are very important for getting buyers into your home to see it’s great potential.