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4 Home Improvements That Can Help Sell Your Home

4 Home Improvements That Can Help Sell Your Home

When most people think of listing their home for sale, the next thoughts that typically follow include all the work they believe the house needs before it can be listed. Some repairs are a good idea, and will actually give you a return on your investment, but there are some repairs that could just cost you money and not help you sell the house or get more money at closing for all your trouble. So how can you tell which repairs are which? Before you blow your savings on home improvement repairs, find out what your home needs the most, and how to get the best bang for your buck. Here are the top four repairs you should consider when selling your home.

 

Update Your Curb Appeal

The first impression that anyone has of your home can be the most important. That's the feeling they get when they pull up to your house and get a feel for the place. This can be a make it or break it moment, so you have to make the most of it. So go outside and take a good hard look at your house, or ask your real estate agent to help you, as they know what works and what doesn't. Sometimes just some basic landscaping, replacing any rotten siding, and a new coat of paint on the outside of your house can really pay you back. On average, these simple exterior repairs will give you an average rate of return of 95%, according to Donna DeZube at FrontDoor.com.

 

Minor Bathroom Remodeling

You don't have to completely gut and remodel your bathrooms to get a great price on your home and sell your home quickly. Many times, just some minor updating and changes can really go a long way to helping potential buyers fall in love with your home. So unless your home is super dated, you may just need to do a few things to bring it up to par. New paint or wallpaper, some updated light and bathroom fixtures are a great start. If needed, re-finish your tub and replace any old or discolored shower doors. Removing or replacing them will help your bathroom feel bigger and airy. Bathrooms in any house are a major selling point, thus these minor bathroom remodels can pay you back on average almost 100%.

 

Minor Kitchen Remodeling

The kitchen is another major selling point of any home. Unless your kitchen needs a total new overhaul and floorplan, you should probably stick with more minor remodeling points. If your appliances are old or outdated or avocado green, consider upgrading them a bit. They don't have to be top of the line, but something new and updated can really be a big selling point. Refinishing kitchen cabinets, new flooring, a new sink and faucet, lighting and countertops can seem overwhelming and costly, but on average these repairs will pay you back 98.5% for your troubles.

 

Updating Your Living Space

If your living room walls are painted red or green, it may be time to update your colors. They may be colors you love and that go with your furniture, but they can really set potential buyers off your property. Instead, go with a basic white or more neutral tones. If your carpets are old or stained, have them professionally cleaned or replace them with wood. Make your home one where that potential buyers can picture themselves living. Do some staging in your home, taking out many personal items or collections and make the most of your space. Your house doesn't need to be empty to sell, but rent a storage unit to store anything that doesn't necessarily need to be there. Doing so can really pay you back, not just in a higher selling price, but in the speed in which you get a contract on your house.

So while it may be easy to get overwhelmed with house repairs, focus on a few major points that will help you sell your house faster and give you the best return on your investment.