The Five Upgrades You Need To Make Before Listing Your Home

| 5 September 2016

If you are considering listing your house and are concerned that some of the interior and exterior features might need an upgrade before you put it on the market, you are correct: they do. Selling your home, as is, is often not the best way to ensure that you are getting the best value possible. There are some easy, some not so easy, upgrades you can make to add considerable value to the selling price. Below are the five upgrades you need to make before listing your home.

Upgrading Your Home Before Listing

Outdated appliances. The person buying your home might have very exact tastes when it comes to appliances, so it is typically not a great idea to go out and spend a ton of money on appliances that you will not ultimately be using yourself. That being said, outdated and shabby-looking appliances are very distracting in an otherwise beautiful kitchen. Give your appliances a cosmetic boost with some stainless-steel stick-on panels or appliance paint, both of which you can pick up for under $50 each.

Touch up hardwood floors. Hardwood is a major incentive for many homebuyers and is capable of adding, on average, 6 per cent to the resale value of your home. It generally costs around three to four dollars to refinish hardwood floors, but it is well worth the investment. If your floors are scuffed and scratched from years of dog toenails and rubber shoes, spend the money; prospective homebuyers will take note.

Replace old windows. Your home’s windows are one of the largest components of your home’s street appeal. Not only that, but the more or less complete switch to energy-efficient windows that has taken place in recent decades means that many homebuyers expect the home they are interested in to have them. New windows are not cheap, but the return on investment is often well worth putting the money down.

Run-down bathrooms. Cracked floor tile, old, ugly caulking in the shower and rusty faucet heads are all huge turn-offs for buyers. Tiles should look well looked after, showers should be inviting and sinks should look clean.

With a comparatively small investment in the above treatments and revamps, you can add considerable resale value to your home. Don’t jump the gun just because the market is hot and you want to sell as quickly as possible, spend some time making sure that everything inside and outside your house that is capable of creating value is taken into consideration. Keep in mind the above five upgrades and get the best offer possible on your home.

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