If you’re not having any luck selling your home, or worried your home might not sell, there are plenty of things you can do to attract buyers and get top dollar. The first and most obvious things you should do are clean up the outside to improve curb appeal, and de-clutter inside so your house puts its best foot forward. But what if this just isn’t enough?
Making renovations to your home is risky – but it can pay off too. Just be careful you don’t get in over your head or make decisions you won’t make your money back on. If you do decide to go for it, here are a few simple suggestions that won’t cost an arm and a leg, but can add significant value and appeal to your home.
1. Resurface Your Kitchen
Updated kitchens and bathrooms are some of the biggest selling points that buyers looks for. But, remodeling your entire kitchen can easily cost $20,000-$40,000. If your configuration is decent and your cabinets aren’t completely shot, you might be able to resurface them for a fraction of the cost. White cabinets are in style, or you might even go with a misty blue. New hardware is also worth the cost, just makes sure it fits and matches the cabinet style.
As far as counter tops go, most buyers are turned off by anything less than granite. So, if you’ve still got Formica, replace it. Also consider replacing your faucet and appliances, depending on what state they’re in. And if you want to add a little flair, mosaic tile backsplashes aren’t too hard to install and can give your kitchen some real personality.
2. Replace Old Carpets
If you’ve got wall-to-wall carpet anywhere that’s more than a few years old, consider ripping it up and replacing it. Most buyers prefer hardwood, especially in living and dining areas. While this can be expensive, there are plenty of great looking laminate options for a fraction of the cost. At $2-$4 per square foot, it’s not that hard to make back your investment.
3. Create Accent Walls
While painting every room in your house may not be all that expensive if you do it yourself, it is very time consuming. Instead, focus on the areas most in need, and add pops of color that will get potential buyers’ attention. If you’re looking for some inspiration, here are some color trends for 2019.
4. Replace Light Fixtures
That dusty old light fixture in your dining room that looks like it’s at least 30 years old isn’t doing you any favors. But spending a few hundred dollars on a modern, elegant statement piece can get buyers’ attention.
5. Update Your Bathroom
It’s hard to know what to do with an older bathroom if you don’t want to spend several thousand dollars to completely remodel, but start by figuring out which parts need the most work, and which things you can work into a new design. New mirrors and light fixtures are cheap and can make a big difference. But nobody wants a grimy old tub or a toilet with rings in it either.
6. For Bigger Jobs, Get Professionals to Help
There’s no point in spending a lot of money in hopes of making a profit if the work looks less than professional. Cutting corners like this can end up costing you more than you make. So for the bigger jobs, it helps to have someone that’s been through it before.
7. Skip the Hassle: Selling Your Home for Cash
If all of this sounds like too much work or too much risk, there’s always another option – selling your home for cash. You may not think that you’ll get as much for your home, but once you factor in that you don’t have to pay commission or closing costs, make repairs, or wait for loans to get approved, and can have cash in your pocket in as little as 15 days, it starts to sound a lot more attractive.
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