Real Estate Selling Tips: Cost-Effective Home Improvements
Is it time to put your house on the market? Whether you’re set on a certain asking price or looking to boost curb appeal, you can easily increase the value and attractiveness of your home with just a few home improvements.
These improvements don’t need to break the bank, either—and in Austin’s hot housing market, any remodeling effort will yield a good return on investment.
Not sure where to start? We pulled together a list of that will help you get the most bang for your buck.
Make a great first impression
The front of your home speaks volumes, especially since it’s the first thing potential buyers see before they walk in. To leave an inviting and great first impression, consider the following:
- De-clutter the yard, patio or porch. Whatever type of space you have, you’ll want to make sure your yard is clean, minimalistic, and neat. Have landscaping pruned, plant some flowers, and de-clutter your patio or porch.
- Touch up the exterior. A quick paint touch up on the front door or front of the house can help to cover blemishes. If your house has siding, have it power-washed.
Focus on the heart of the home
Ever notice how everyone gathers in the kitchen during a party? That’s because it’s the heart of the home—and as such, a kitchen’s presentation is a HUGE selling factor. Try these cost-effective kitchen remodeling tips:
- Install new countertops. You don’t need to purchase high-end granite in order to make your kitchen pop. Simply replacing your kitchen countertops with an affordable material will make a big difference.
- Buy new appliances. A worn-out fridge or a dented oven is an instant turnoff. Buying new kitchen appliances increases the presentation of the kitchen.
- Spiff up the cabinets. Wear and tear on cabinets and drawers happens quickly. You can opt to either replace all the doors and drawers or just paint the existing doors. If you go with the latter route, consider adding new handles/knobs and hinges.
Take care of all the little things
In addition to sprucing up the front of the house and kitchen, consider the following improvements:
- Refinish hardwood floors. Floors get constant use, but getting them refinished will make them look new – and buyers will notice.
- Paint the walls. A fresh coat of paint can really liven up a space – just make sure you stick with light, neutral colors. These tones will open the space up and allow potential buyers to envision their own plans for the house.
- De-personalize your space. If you happen to have funky custom cabinets or fluorescent green wall-to-wall carpeting, the time has come to strip them out and go back to the basics. What works for you may not work for potential buyers. Neutral sells.
Once all your home improvements are made and you’re ready to list your home, let us know!