If you’re getting ready to sell your house, taking the time to tackle a few desirable renovations and upgrades will help to entice potential buyers, sell your home quickly, and maybe even increase the value of your home. For instance, great curb appeal, upgraded bathrooms, and new flooring are some of the most desirable features among buyers.
While these projects range from simple and inexpensive to labor intensive and costly, they’ll be well worth the time and investment you put in—especially if it’s been a while since you’ve updated your home. To explore these three projects in greater detail, read on!
Amp Up the Curb Appeal
While the inside of your house is important to buyers, your lawn, mailbox, front door, and lighting are the first things prospective buyers see when they visit your home. As such, enhancing your home’s curb appeal is crucial to attracting buyers and getting them to stick around for a full tour of the property. If your home has poor curb appeal, buyers may drive away without going inside.
Fortunately, adding curb appeal to your home doesn’t need to cost a whole lot of money—especially if you focus on the areas that matter most. For instance, you might choose to spruce up your landscaping, give the front door a fresh coat of paint, replace the mailbox (you can find a variety of mailboxes at Home Depot including this kit for $32.95), trim any overgrown bushes, and use a power washer to clean up the sidewalk and driveway.
Upgrade the Bathrooms
In addition to enhancing your home’s curb appeal, an updated bathroom is another feature that appeals to most buyers—especially since the average person spends about 30 minutes in the bathroom each day. However, about 37 percent of women spend more than an hour in the bathroom every day—compared to just 15 percent of men.
With all the time we spend in our bathrooms every day of the week, it makes sense that an updated bathroom would be so important among prospective buyers. However, some bathroom features are more desirable than others. These include:
- A master bathroom with a linen closet, shower stall, bathtub, and private toilet area.
- Double vanities—especially in granite.
- Ceramic tile on walls.
- White toilets, bathtubs, and sinks.
If you’re looking to give your bathroom a few desirable upgrades before listing your home, retiling the bathroom shower, floor, and/or walls will give the space a fresh new look without breaking the bank. When installing ceramic tile, each square foot of material costs between $0.50 and $35—while each square foot of porcelain can cost anywhere from $3 to $35. Typically, ceramic tiles are less expensive than porcelain since they’re not as durable.
Replace or Deep Clean the Flooring
Unless you’ve recently replaced the flooring throughout your house, you may need to tackle this project as well before it’s time to list your home—especially if you’re hoping to increase its value. According to Realtor.com, replacing your flooring may be the single most important thing you can do to increase your home’s value, appeal to buyers, and sell the property much more quickly. If you’re short on time or can’t afford to replace your flooring, however, make sure to have the floors professionally cleaned and/or repaired before your home hits the housing market.
Before upgrading your floors, keep in mind that the type of flooring you choose to install should depend on your home’s value. Wood floors are best for resale value, but the high cost of installation makes them a poor choice for low- to- mid-range homes. In this type of situation, laminate flooring or new carpeting may be a better option.
Sell Your Home
Once you’ve completed these three projects, it’s time to meet with a real estate agent to get the ball rolling. A good seller’s agent will offer a few additional recommendations for the things you can do to sell your home quickly, but you’ll already put your home well ahead of the competition by completing these three projects early on in the home selling process.