Spring is finally here! What better time than this to put in work around the house, especially if you intend to sell soon. With inventory down nearly 50% year-over-year in March and the median sales price on the incline, sellers are finding themselves in a good position in the market. If you’re thinking of listing, don’t just throw anything out there. Buyers still want a home that’s worth the price tag. Put a little extra love into your home before you list, and recoup the benefits of your investment when you sell. Here are five home improvements that appeal to buyers.
Remodel Your Kitchen
The kitchen can be a dealbreaker for home shoppers. This is one of the first rooms you want to consider, especially if you’ve been in your home for a long time. A little can go a long way. Changing out hardware and painting cabinets may do the trick for some. If your kitchen needs a complete overhaul, consider something more extreme like completely changing the layout, springing for energy-efficient appliances, and adding in quartz or marble countertops.
Upgrade Your Bathroom
Similar to the kitchen, bathrooms can be a big selling point. Buyers are looking for bathrooms to be functional, yet luxurious. Bathrooms can be a sweet escape for homeowners to unwind. Present it with relaxing, spa-like details. Update your hardware and tiles for a more modern feel.
Evaluate Your Flooring
Take a look at those old carpets and hardwood floors. Are they filled with stains, scuffs, and scratches? To start, have them cleaned, buffed, or refinished. If you’re able to take more drastic changes, start that DIY project you’ve been avoiding and pull up that old flooring. It may be time to replace that carpeting with wood flooring or natural stone. Just be sure that you keep the traffic of the specific room you are remodeling in mind. High traffic areas need durable flooring.
Incorporate Smart Home Technology
Smart home technology is the future. It’s not going anywhere and the millennial buyers that make up the market right now are looking for it. Consider updating your doorbell, thermostat, and even your light bulbs with smart technology to attract tech-savvy buyers.
Focus on Landscaping for Curb Appeal
How does your home look from the street? Is your backyard prepped for outdoor fun? If not, you could be setting yourself up for failure. There are simple ways to add curb appeal and spruce up the exterior of your home. Start with maintaining your lawn and planting a few flowers. Concentrate on outdoor lighting for functionality and aesthetics. If you want to kick things up a notch, consider adding a deck or patio in your backyard. For more tips on making your outdoor living space the envy of all your neighbors, check out our blog.
Get motivated to take a second look at areas of your home that can be improved. These budget-friendly tips will put you in a solid position to sell this season. Once you’re ready to list, connect with one of our 7,000 agents today to help you take advantage of the market. To find out what you can afford, check out our mortgage calculator to help estimate your monthly payments. For local listings you can trust, start with REIN.com.
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