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When selling your house, you want to get the best sale price possible. It’s important to know which home improvements you should make in order to increase its resale value and which ones don’t pay off. Here are some helpful tips and resources on how you can potentially make a higher return on your investment.
Get everything in working order
To increase the resale value of your home, start by fixing anything that is falling apart or broken. That means making a full evaluation of even the little things that you might overlook in your everyday life. Dings and cracks in your drywall, worn window screens, and dripping faucets are just the tip of the iceberg in things you should examine for trouble. Larger repairs can become bargaining chips for homebuyers, so to ensure you get top dollar for your listing, keep these home concerns in mind when deciding what to repair.
- How can I identify roofing issues?
- How to tell if my home has sewage issues
- I need to know how to tell if my HVAC needs to be repaired
DIY projects throughout the home
Beyond getting things simply up to speed, you should look at your home through the eyes of a buyer and think of how they will perceive your property. It’s important to highlight the best features of your home, and draw attention away from its faults. Along those lines, if there are areas of your home that are more shabby than chic, doing “spot treatments” to minimize or remove eyesores will make your home show better. These DIY to-dos will be kind to your home’s value and your wallet.
- Paint is a beginner-friendly solution for a lot of problems, but you need the results to look professional
- If you prefer walls with a little more flair, non-toxic wallpaper that offers a guarantee and sample packs is ideal
- Popcorn ceilings are definitely out; learn how to remove them from your home
- Here’s how to rehab wood flooring in a manner that is DIY and budget-friendly
Kitchen and bathroom improvements
The kitchen and bathroom areas are of great importance to house hunters. These primarily utilitarian spaces need to go beyond basic functionality and inspire their interest, or you will have trouble selling the rest of your home. Yet a major kitchen or bathroom remodel may not pay off, so if you can get away with it, stick to only minor updates in these rooms. The good news is that while large-scale projects can add up quickly, there are many DIY updates you can do that won’t break the bank. Consider these suggestions to raise interest in your home:
- Look into DIY-friendly kitchen cabinet improvements
- How to add an attractive kitchen backsplash yourself
- Dated or worn bathtubs are eyesores to house hunters; here’s how to reglaze one
- The old blue porcelain toilet has to go! Learn about how to replace a toilet
If you’re putting your home on the market, there are things you can do to help improve its resale value. Try to save money by doing some of the updates yourself, but call in a professional for any major repairs so you can ensure your home stands out from the rest.
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