Since you’ve decided to sell, you may want to work out how you can get the most out of your old house. There are improvements you can make for a relatively small amount of money, which are bound to prove to be a good investment.
Some you can do yourself, others are better done by a professional. Since you’re doing them to increase the value, you want them done properly. Here are the alterations you can make and not go wrong.
Work on the curb appeal
Start at the front and leave a good impression. Decorate your porch and the entrance to your house. If need be, replace the front door, as it is an invitation into your home. Keep your lawn tidy and do a bit of gardening and landscaping.
Repair the path leading to your home, as you do not want potential buyers to come across any obstacles on their way in. Another thing people tend to notice when approaching is whether you have a garage or not and how big it is.
Keep your conscience clean
Instead of hiding the flaws of your house, try fixing them. Inspect the entire house for little cracks, and for wobbly floorboards and steps. These types of problems are usually easy and inexpensive to repair.
Make sure everything is done prior to painting so you don’t have to redo the paint or, even worse, leave something unfinished. The market does not have a rule in pricing related to these issues but this is a way to improve your buyer’s mood and opinion about the house.
Repaint the house
Depending on your budget, work out what parts of your house you can afford to repaint. Preferably it would be good to give it both a fresh exterior and a fresh interior. If that is too much, make sure to at least repaint those rooms that needed plastering due to cracks, and the kitchen and bathroom if there is mold.
Choose neutral colors as you want the house to be liked by most people or at least neutral enough for them to be able to picture their things in the house. A new façade will add to the curb appeal.
Fix the fixtures
Again, this is an easy and moderately inexpensive trick. Fix or even better replace all fittings and fixtures in the house or at least the ones which are visibly rundown. Replace the sockets and light switches.
If it is possible, install additional power sockets in rooms, as people like when there are plenty. Replace doorknobs and you will provide that extra shine to your doors.
Adapt for special needs
Make your house a rare find. Not every house out there is suited for a family with members who have special needs. You can add a ramp and handrails to your front entrance.
Level all doorsteps and have doors wide enough for a wheelchair to pass through. If possible, have a ground-floor bathroom with a walk-in shower and at least one bedroom on the same level.
The bathroom and the bedroom can be used by people who need home care, people with disabilities, or the elderly. Make sure that the bathroom is equipped with grab bars and anti-slip stickers.
Understand importance of kitchens and bathrooms
The more bathrooms you have, the better. Adding another bathroom may be a great expense, so try to upscale the one or the ones you have.
Again, replace all the fixtures and faucets. You want to remove traces of rust, lime scale and mold. Make sure that new fixtures match the bathroom tiles in style. If it is a really old bathroom, you can perhaps fix it up to look sparkly and vintage.
The same goes for the kitchen—replace the sink and the faucets so everything looks shiny and new. You can repaint the cabinets and cupboards. Try to make it as spacious as possible.
Apart from the last bit of renovation, none of the things above should cost you much but will definitely leave a great impression and boost your house’s value. The only question is whether you will still want to sell after seeing the house in such a pristine state.
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