What improvements are worth doing before selling a house?
I love this question as it is one of the most common questions from our sellers:
Fixing the Big ticket issues ( Plumbing/ Roof) brings them more buyers, more interests and
consequently more and better offers!
Some small Cosmetic work on the property, has a big effect in selling the property sooner
with a better price!! That should not be done necessarily with high end expensive
materials, even basic but modern and updated material can help a lot!!! Like updating
the kitchen countertop ! or painting the kitchen cabinets all white!
Painting the property and changing or cleaning the carpets before putting the house on
market is a MUST!
and if possible changing the old kitchen appliances with stainless steel appliances, it gets
women`s attention way faster!
First and foremost, fix anything broken, that should always be the priority. Once that is done, you can look at “improvements” that can bring a return on your investment. For years studies have shown that a new front door is one of the updates that will bring the greatest return. A study I came across recently shows that landscaping can add as much as 12% to the value of a house. If your home value is around $400,000, that could mean as much as $48,000. For a fraction of that you can do a lot of landscaping! Inside I would focus on painting neutral colors and improving lighting. These also have a great return on the money spent.