So you’re thinking about selling your home down the road? You’ll likely be caught in the same dilemma that many homeowners deal with. Do you spend the money it takes to upgrade a home you plan to sell? The answer isn’t terribly simple, unfortunately. The major benefit of expending the time, money, and effort it takes to tackle home improvement tasks is that you come out on the other side with a higher home value. If you do plan on working towards an increase in home value, make sure you put your effort into the right areas.
Rooms to focus on
There are two rooms in your home that can make or break any sale. You must have a fabulous kitchen and bathroom. If you are thinking about performing any renovations, start here.
Barring any outrageous wallpaper or unsightly flooring, your kitchen renovation should be centered on your appliances and your counter tops. Stainless steel appliances are the new standard and have the magic ability to skyrocket any space into the 21st century. For certain appliances, you can simply purchase a stainless steel cover, but for others you may have to consider replacement. This can be pricey, but come selling time, you’ll be grateful you made the investment. Similarly, granite countertops are a major selling point for new buyers. Most people want them, and if you’ve got them, you save new homeowners a few steps. For some quick but powerful touches, add some modern lighting, shiny cabinet fixtures, and contemporary colors.
Bad bathrooms can truly kill an otherwise good sale. It is terribly unappealing to look at peeling and dirty tile, discolored toilets, and outdated sinks. If you truly want to boost your home’s value, give your bathroom a good makeover. Bathrooms tend to have outdated flooring. With the typically smaller size of these rooms, a change in flooring material can be a quick and relatively inexpensive change to make. Outdated light fixtures can bring down your bathroom’s style with one fell swoop. This change is minor, but seriously helpful.
Energy efficient homes are growing in popularity. They help the environment, and they make it easier for homeowners to save a little bit of money. Simple additions like storm doors and ceiling fans can go a long way when it comes to improving your home’s temperature control. If you want to take it a few steps further, consider things like energy efficient windows and solar panels. Both can be major selling points for anyone browsing the market.
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