Important Home Improvements for Sellers
January 18, 2018 | Ramseier Realty Group
Attend to Major Repairs
- Roof: Check for curled, broken, or missing shingles, loose or rusted flashing, and water spots on interior ceilings.
- Foundation: Look for doors and windows that are hard to open and close, cracks in the drywall, moisture in the basement or crawlspace, and certain types of foundation cracks.
- HVAC: A system that is noisy, increasingly inefficient, or more than 10-15 years old may be due for replacement.
- Mold: Assess for musty odors or visible mold. According to the CDC, respiratory problems in family members may also indicate mold problems.
Boost Curb Appeal
- Front door and garage: A fresh coat of paint in a contrasting color draws prospective buyers in.
- Lighting: Ensure lighting over the front door and along the walkway is functional and bright enough that people can view your home after dark.
- Landscaping: Well-designed landscaping turns a boring lawn into a lush garden. In addition to keeping the yard tidy and trimmed, add fresh mulch and install high-impact elements like landscape lighting, window boxes, and evergreen plants.
- Patios and walkways: Repair and clean existing patios and walkways that are cracked, dirty, or overgrown. If your home doesn’t feature a patio or walkway, consider installing one made out of flagstone for an affordable and appealing update.
Make the Interior Shine
- Kitchen: Refinish old cabinets, update hardware, and consider replacing major appliances with stainless steel models. While a minor kitchen remodel has a strong return on investment, according to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value report, sellers should avoid a full remodel, or they may lose money.
- Bathroom: At an average cost of $8,820, bathroom remodels can be pricey. However, adding a walk-in shower, ceramic tile flooring, and a solid surface vanity can pay for itself when you sell.
- Flooring: There’s no hiding damaged or dirty flooring. Refinish hardwood, repair cracked tiles, and consider replacing outdated carpeting.
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