Homeowners often fall into the get-it-all-done-now trap, a high-pressure state of mind that will cost anyone a boatload of money and can lead you to make rash decisions when you should be thinking it all through. If you’re not in a must-sell predicament, why not be discriminating and treat it as a marathon rather than a sprint? The better and more informed your decisions, the more value and aesthetic appeal you’ll add to your home. Most homeowners have a long list of things they’d like to get done, but it’s important to be organized and prioritize what you can do now and in the near future based on your financial circumstances.
In general, realtors are recommending upgrades over major renovation projects as more economical ways to increase value. There are many ways to upgrade your home that won’t break the bank, from replacing kitchen and bathroom fixtures to improving window treatments and adding new artwork. Bear in mind that the best upgrades are those that you can do yourself without having to hire a contractor to see it through. Adding value without making a large investment is an excellent formula for staging a home for sale.
There’s nothing like giving a home a clean, fresh look if you’re trying to add value. Decluttering your environment is a simple but important first step. Get rid of everything you don’t need anymore and organize the other items that are lying around so you can store everything away neatly. This may make it easier to spot areas that need touching up as you clean and clear away all the unnecessaries. Keep an eye out for areas that need a fresh coat of paint, both inside and out. The next step is to add new lighting, one of the most important features if you’re looking to add some pizazz. Stylish new fixtures with white metal switch plates can brighten things considerably.
A splashy kitchen
Kitchen and bathroom upgrades are some of the most valuable additions you can make to your home. A nice faux cherry wood finish can make your cabinets look brand new and give the kitchen a classically sophisticated appearance. Best of all, you can do it yourself. Consider adding a hanging pot rack with some shiny new kitchen accoutrements or putting in a colorful tile backsplash to give your kitchen a bright and appealing look.
Bring the bathroom to life
Home buyers always pay special attention to the bathroom because renovations there tend to be among the most expensive. Fortunately, a few simple improvements can make yours look as though you’ve invested heavily. Granite, though the most expensive material for countertops, is more affordable in the bathroom with its smaller counter space than in the kitchen. Under-mount sinks are another hot and trendy item these days, and make a much stronger impression on buyers than the traditional drop sink. Bathroom vanities and tops are relatively easy to install and make a cost-effective addition.
A solid roof
A good solid roof is a must-have for any home buyer. If yours is looking a little ragged, make sure that any loose shingles are replaced, and that it’s sufficiently vented. You might also consider having a thorough inspection done to ensure all’s well. If repairs are needed, be sure that any roofing company you contract with is fully certified and registered with the Better Business Bureau. Be wary of high-pressure tactics and shifting bids, as these are two of the most common indicators of a scam.
Getting the most value for minimal expense is a fundamental strategy for staging and selling a home. Fortunately, it’s fairly easy to make simple and inexpensive upgrades that will appeal to the most discerning buyer. And you’ll get great satisfaction from making many of them yourself.
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