You can make your home redo dollars go a lot further by having an idea of what buyers want to see in the homes for sale that they're looking at. Some home improvement projects can be expensive and well worth it, others could turn out to be a waste of money and time. To get a better idea of where to put your money when it comes to updating your home for sale, read on:
If your front yard needs some help, you may be turning buyers off before they even get out of the car. You may need to consult a professional landscaper to get the most out of that important first impression, and consider a fresh coat of paint or at least a good pressure washing. Make sure you keep your yard in good shape, regardless of the season; a neglected lawn makes your home look sad and forgotten, which is not the first impression you want to make.
Additional Living Space
Are you also in the market for a new home? If so, you may be able to easily put yourself in your buyer's shoes and recognize that one of the main reasons for moving to a new home is the need for more space. Buyers love more bedrooms, so if you have turned one of yours into a home office, make sure you show it with some bedroom furniture instead of office furniture. Most buyers want more bedrooms than they actually may need since they plan to use the extra space for guests, hobby rooms and yes, a home office. Do you have an unfurnished basement? You may be standing atop a gold mine. Take the steps to finish it and add a recreational space, a man cave, another bedroom, a media room and more. This investment will pay off, particularly if your upstairs square footage is on the small side.
Don't Neglect Outdoor Spaces
Whether your buyer needs a nice backyard for their children or not, most of them love the idea of having an outdoor living area. Extend your home's living spaces by adding or updating your deck, patio, or porch. Place some attractive outdoor seating, a fire pit, grill, and plants to further enhance the great outdoors. If your yard is not fenced, consider adding that feature which is on many buyer's wish lists.
While some of the above changes may appear at first to be somewhat minor, your updates could mean the difference between buyers loving your home over another very similar competing home. For more tips on making your home more attractive to buyers, speak to a real estate agent and get ready to move on up to your own new dream home.