The average American family stays in a home for seven years. With that in mind, it makes a lot of sense that homeowners should consult with their realtors to consider what improvements may help to sell their home both fasterand at a higher value. First things first, small improvements should be taken care of. Things like leaky faucets, old grouting, and dirty gutters are not attractive to potential buyers. When buyers see a well-maintained home, they can more easily see themselves in it.
Major improvements, such as renovating the kitchen and adding a pool, can be costly. But agents recommend them because they often offer a great return. Obviously most homeowners do not have the luxury of splurging on both, and so if you are stuck between the two, an updated kitchen is more appealing to a wider range of homeowners than a pool.
Kitchens and bathrooms are huge selling points of homes! Modern, bright, and fresh looks are what buyers are looking for. A national survey of real estate professionals revealed that 80 percent recommended kitchen and bath upgrades as improvements with the greatest returns.
Another small improvement that can be made is in the lighting – well-lit and bright places sell faster and for more. Landscape improvements, fresh paint, and exchanging carpeting for wood floors are all smart moves in the real estate game. And, what seems most simple but is often overlooked, a clean house is important! Make sure to declutter and clean those unused rooms before letting potential buyers into your home.
With these tips in mind, you are sure to get the most bang for your buck when selling your home.