Whether you like it or not, homebuyers are probably going to want some renovations or repairs if they plan on buying your home. If you’re considering selling your home in 2020, start now with a few of the top projects to complete before listing and marketing your property.
#1. Roof replacement.
Unless you have completely replaced the roof in the last 10 years, this is probably the number one thing that buyers ask for. You may consider getting a home inspection before listing the property to verify the stability and longevity of your roof. You may be able to get a roof certification, which certifies the roof for five years or consider a roof overlay as a temporary fix for the next 5 to 10 years. If the roof is over 20 years old, chances are you need a full replacement.
#2. Refurbish or install hardwood or hardwood-style flooring.
Carpet is out and hardwood or laminate style hardwood floor is in. Buyers are seeing this in all the model showrooms and new homes so if you want to compete, consider replacing your floors.
#3. Repair or replace the garage door.
A garage door is the icing on the cake, so to speak. A beautifully installed brand-new garage door will make a vibrant statement to your home. There are so many options nowadays that you can add one that will complement the color of your home or stand out and make a dramatic impact.
#4. Upgrade the HVAC system.
At the very least, have your furnace or heat pump and air-conditioning system service before listing the property. The HVAC professionals will tell you how much life remains in the appliance and if you should replace it. This can actually add quite a bit to the cost of your home and be a great return on your investment.
#5. Add more insulation.
Even in places like Mesa Arizona where it’s warm 365 days out of the year, adding more insulation will help your HVAC system operate easier and may save you a lot in energy costs over the life of the house.
#6. Upgrade the kitchen.
The kitchen is probably the number one thing that buyers look for when purchasing property. Does it lend itself to the lifestyle that buyers are looking for? Does it have new cabinetry, quartz or granite counters? New appliances? And does everything match? If you’re unsure about where to get the most bang for your buck in a kitchen remodel, talk to your real estate agent. They can offer suggestions on how to upgrade your kitchen for less money.
#7. Repair or replace old electrical systems.
Your electrical system must be safe and functional to clear a home inspection so if you have an older home, it may be time for an upgrade. A home inspector will tell you if there are any safety issues to consider repairing or replacing as well.
#8. A dramatic front door or front entrance.
You only get one chance to make a great first impression and let your front door do just that. Whether it’s replacing the kickplate and hardware, painting the front door, touching up the trim, or installing a dramatic entrance such as vases on each side of the doorway or a lighted path, that entrance will really set the stage for how buyers will see your home.
#9. Updated bathroom.
Next to the kitchen, updated or renovated bathrooms come in #2 as a key room that buyers inspect when purchasing a property. Is the bathroom dated? It may be time to paint cabinetry, replace counters and cabinetry, or completely redo the room to more modern and contemporary design.
Nothing refreshes a room like a fresh coat of paint. It covers up nicks and scratches, after dramatic, fresh look to the room, and can cover over any unsightly blemishes or that loud, hot pink paint your teenage daughter decided to use in her bedroom.
Ready to sell your home? If not, give me a call and let’s discuss what your home may need to impress buyers today. If you’re ready to list, get a free home evaluation quote on what your property may sell for today.