Have you been considering listing your home or are you actively looking for a real estate agent to sell your home and move this year? If you want to sell your home quickly, there are a few things you can do to upgrade your home and make it more attractive to sellers. Some home repairs can be more beneficial than others to entice potential buyers. Below is a list of home improvement projects you can complete to either make your home more attractive or increase your home’s value—or both.
- Replace The Roof
While this is a larger project and a more costly one, it will have one of the best returns on your investment—they usually reap 107% of its cost in the sale. According to NAR, the National Association of Realtors, a recently replaced roof is considered a highly desirable trait to potential buyers and 33% of sellers reported that the new roof was what helped close their sale.
- Install Wood Floors
Hardwood floors are coveted by prospective buyers—they are durable, aesthetically enhance the look of the home, and relatively easy to clean, so what’s not to love? Aside from meeting the desires of your prospective buyers, this project has a 106% return on the investment. If you have wood floors, your return can be larger if you have them professionally refinished to really shine.
- Replace The Garage Door
No one ever thinks about their garage door when they list their home. But it is something that buyers look at when doing a walk-through in a home. While the return may not be as high on this project (an average of 95%), a broken or dilapidated garage door can significantly lower your home’s curb appeal.
- Update Your Air Conditioner
Home inspections include a general review of a home’s HVAC system and if your current system is relatively new, there may not be much to worry about. However, if your AC system is older in age or has been acting up lately, this will be noted on the home inspection report. When already making a big purchase (your home), buyers are usually discouraged by potential costly home repairs.
- Improve Insulation
This is a great project to do when selling your home, especially if you are unable to replace the HVAC system. Installing added layers can help your homebuyers save on their electric bill and reduce their energy usage—highly beneficial if your HVAC is older or not energy efficient.
- Swap Kitchen Fixtures
Save yourself some money with the number of projects you are likely managing before the sale of your home while still attracting home buyers with a desirable kitchen. How? With upgraded fixtures—from the faucet, knobs, and pulls. Little changes can make a big impact.
- Change Your Front Door
First impressions are everything when selling your home. An easy way to improve your curbside appeal with minimal cost and effort is to replace your front door with a more modern look or added safety precautions (like shatterproof glass window).
- Paint Your Home Attractively
Most realtors will recommend earth colors—tans, browns, and whites. However, if your home has certain features that are best drawn out by bolder colors, then leave them as is or paint them to bring out the best in your home. The goal of painting the interior is to help provide a blank palette for prospective buyers to envision their own style in the home.