If you’re preparing to put your home on the market, you should take a critical look around your house for things that could use a bit of sprucing up. Investing some time and a little bit of money to make small home improvements will go a long way with buyers. Here’s a list of the best places to spend, and easy updates to make, to see the greatest return on your investment.
A fresh coat of paint goes a long way to making a home feel updated. Neutrals on the walls in light-toned gray or beige feel soft and inviting and will encourage buyers to picture their furniture in the space. But, don’t stop at the walls! Kitchen cabinets can be painted, too—white is a popular color choice with buyers.
A well-lit room does wonders to making a space feel bigger and brighter. Update old recessed lighting with new LED versions which have options of warm, neutral, and bright white light. Also consider replacing outdated chandeliers and sconces with more streamlined, modern fixtures. While you’re at it, swap your outlet covers and light switches for an updated design.
Hardwood floors are a selling point for many buyers, but if they’re scratched and dull it’s a good idea to refinish them. Give them new life by sanding and staining. If you have carpet that is about 10 years old, it’s a good idea to replace it. In lower-traffic rooms a deep, professional cleaning could do the trick.
Start with a deep cleaning, reglaze the bathtub, replace or remove old shower doors, scrub or redo the grout, and put some fresh caulking. Simple cosmetic updates such as swapping out an old medicine cabinet for a new one, changing cabinet hardware, and adding a towel ring or bar add storage, style, and function.
Extras—These improvements require you to make a larger investment in your home, but are important to buyers.
In older homes, faulty windows lead to a tremendous loss of interior heat in the winter and gain of interior heat in the summer. There are many window material options including wood, vinyl, fiberglass, aluminum, and more. Depending upon the window size and your home’s location you’ll want to pay attention to sound proofing, energy efficiency, and UV protection when selecting new windows.
There are so many countertop options out there such as granite, marble, quartz, butcher block, and laminate. Assess your budget and the amount of use the area will get to make the best decision on what to buy.