Upgrade Your Home: A Guide for Selling Your Home for a Higher Price
When it comes time to sell your home, you may need to complete a few projects to make your property more attractive to buyers. Updating your home to sell is a delicate balancing act: You want it to look great, but you also don’t want to spend money that you won’t get back in the sale. The following projects should help you receive top dollar for your home and get you on your way to your new residence quickly.
You know how you have been living with cabinets that look several decades old and a stove with the door half falling off? It’s time to upgrade to get the price you need out of your house. Paint kitchen cabinets instead of replacing them to save some money. You can also switch out the hardware to give them a brand-new look. If your appliances are in bad shape, consider buying new ones. Even less-expensive options can give you a clean, new look. Other quick and cheaper options for kitchen upgrades include a solid-surface backsplash and a new faucet and/or sink, especially if your faucet is leaky. One final touch is to add crown molding to the top of your cabinets, which will provide a more elegant, finished look.
If you’re looking to seriously upgrade your kitchen, you may want to consider bringing in an interior designer. These professionals can make your kitchen (and other home spaces) functional, beautiful, and safe. It’s easy to find interior design services that fit your budget when you vet candidates through freelance job platforms.
Your bathroom is another area that needs to look good to sell your home. A few quick upgrades can help here too. If your toilet is old, it’s not a bad idea to replace it with something clean and new (installation typically costs $122 – $228). If your sink is getting rusty, consider replacing it with a porcelain pedestal sink. It will save space — especially in a small bathroom — and it gives you a touch of class in the bathroom. Replacing the vent fan can help with any moisture issues, and if the caulking around your sink and tub are looking old and dirty, recaulking will give you an instant fresh upgrade. This is just a start — plenty of other bathroom upgrades can help too.
Install Wood Floors
As carpet becomes less and less popular, installing hardwood floors can help your home sell more quickly. If you have a lot of square footage to replace, this can get pricey quickly. To help keep costs down, you have a couple of options: consider laminate flooring, which is usually cheaper and can still look good. You can also just replace the flooring in one main room, or you can install it yourself to save on labor costs. Whatever you choose, the new flooring will be an instant upgrade that will catch the eye of potential buyers.
One of the highest-impact upgrades you can make to the exterior of your home is to replace rusty, leaky, sagging gutters. If there are only one or two spots that have damage, you may be able to get away with just small repairs, but if your whole system has leaks, rust, or won’t stay attached to the roof, you’ll be better off to just replace all of the gutters. You’ll be amazed at the impact clean, bright, straight gutters will have on the curb appeal of your home.
These projects should increase the value of your home. You can calculate how much you can make selling your home based on the prices of similar houses in your area. However, be careful not to put so much into your upgrades that you won’t make your money back. An online calculator can give you a good idea of the profit you can expect.
Selling a house is usually a nerve-wracking process, but projects like these will help take the guesswork out of the ordeal. Take a little time to spruce up your home and you’ll be in good shape when you post the for sale sign in the yard. Before you know it, you’ll be packing up the moving truck to head to your next adventure.
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