Are you considering making some home improvements prior to selling your house? Investing a lot of money in improvements may prove to be unnecessary. Here are a few tips to help make sure you don’t waste time and money.
Ask an Agent First
Prior to making any improvements it’s a good idea to let a real estate agent take a tour of your house. Every neighborhood is different & a real estate agent will have a good gauge on what buyers are going to expect from your home. Contact me & I’d be happy to let you know what items on your list are a must.
Avoid Cosmetic Issues
No one expects for your home to be free of all cracks & scratches. Avoid sinking too much money in updating everything. Plus, most people will put their own personal touches on a house once they move in. Patch any major issues you have been avoiding & consider a fresh coat of paint. Otherwise, just leave it be!
Don’t make Partial Room Upgrades
You may be tempted to update a sink, hardware, or a countertop to make the room seem up to date. This normally ends up being a rabbit hole you don’t want to go down. Most people assign a value on your home based on the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, and square footage. The condition of each room may impact the speed at which your house sells, but it likely won’t make a difference on the ultimate sale price. Therefore, you will never get your money back on minor upgrades.
Avoid Trendy Colors
If you do decide to put a fresh coat of paint on your walls be sure to stay away from trendy colors (or at least what you think is trendy). People like to imagine themselves in your space, so keep colors light & neutral.
Don’t Replace Removable Items
There are a lot of items you can simply remove. Most buyers are going to replace window treatments, blinds, and shelves anyway, so just take out the outdated items & let the buyer use their imagination.
Don’t Renovate Beyond Your Neighborhood’s Norm
It’s possible to spend too much time comparing your home to what you see on HGTV instead of looking out your own window. Take a look at houses for sale in your neighborhood & make sure you aren’t on a path to having the best landscaping (it likely won’t increase the value of your home). Save your money & let the buyer use their imagination.
Contact me today & I’d be happy to help navigate you in selling your Northern Kentucky home!