At P.J. Fitzpatrick, we know that you want to get the most out of your home while you’re living in it, but you also want to get the most out of it when you sell it. There are a few things you can do to increase your home’s resale price and appeal to your potential buyers:
Update the Kitchen
When buyers are looking for a home, many view the kitchen as one of the most important and influential rooms in the house. Making sure it’s clean and updated can be the difference between appealing and unappealing. Replace old sink fixtures, refinish your cabinets, and update your door and drawer handles.
Make Your Basement Livable
When you finish your basement, you add on to your home’s total square footage. You also increase the available living space, which is often a big attraction for potential buyers. If you don’t want to fully finish your basement by adding carpet, walls, furniture, a television, etc., try partially finishing it by building a small bar and putting in a pool table or by making it a play room.
Upgrade Major Systems
One big concern for home buyers is that the home’s major systems are in working order. These include heating, plumbing, electrical, and sewage. Before you put your house up for sale, make sure that all of these systems are up to date and are running correctly. If needed, make some repairs or replacements to give your potential buyers assurance and peace of mind.
Acknowledge Curb Appeal
When you’re selling your home, the outside of it is what’s going to give your potential buyers their first impression. Plant some flowering plants, mow your lawn, trim up any overhanging bushes or branches, and create an inviting path toward your front door (try using small ground lights). You can even call our door installation experts to help you find the perfect front door.
Add a Bathroom
Next to the kitchen, the bathroom is an important part of a home (more specifically, how many). If possible, add an extra bathroom to increase your home’s value and appeal. A half-bath can add around 10% to its value while a full bath can add around 20%.
Promote Energy Efficiency
With the world becoming more and more “green,” energy efficiency is a great way to boost your home’s value. Upgrade your kitchen appliances (such as your refrigerator, stove, and/or dishwasher) to energy efficient models. You can also replace your windows with energy efficient windows and upgrade your insulation to keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
One of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to update your home is to paint it. If your paint is damaged, worn, or simply just an outdated color, a fresh coat of paint can do wonders. Choose a color that’s fresh and timeless to make your rooms look clean and updated. And if the outside of your home could use a fresh coat too, a new coating can increase your curb appeal even more.
For more advice or to get started on a home improvement project, call us!