While most homes require minimal improvements, you will be much better off if you make the types of changes that are worth the extra investment.
Though there are no guarantees that any sort of home improvement will allow you to list your home at a higher price, some home renovations are much more worthwhile than others. While several people may decide to knock down walls and purchase designer cabinetry, others may find that basic changes are quite important. The three repairs that tend to result in a larger return include floors, roofs, and kitchens.
Let’s begin with your floor. What does your floor look like? If you have wall to wall carpeting, is it in good shape? If your floors consist of hard wood, is it polished? Make sure that carpets are stain free and that wood shines brightly. However, if your floors have seen better days, it may be time to replace them. Though carpet tends to be cheaper than wood, wood often sells much better. Many buyers love the look of hardwood floors throughout a home, and while you are in the selling process you can always place throw rugs on top of your wooden floors to protect them. Aside from carpet and wood, you may consider ceramic floors for some of the rooms in your home… just make sure that your tiles are not chipped, cracked, or loose. Next, turn your attention to your roof.
Believe it or not, prospective buyers will always ask about your roof. When was it last fixed? When was your Seattle roof installed? Have you had any problems with your roof? Are there any loose shingles? A new roof can be a great selling point, and this home improvement should never be overlooked. You know it (and buyers know it) – roofs are expensive to replace. Still, if your roof is in desperate need of attention, find the money and replace it. Buyers will certainly walk away from a roof that needs to be renovated. Lastly, look to the one room in the house that everyone loves to spend time in … the kitchen.
When you think of an ideal kitchen, what sort of image comes to mind? Though your picture perfect kitchen may come with marble countertops and gleaming cabinets, it definitely does not come with chipped counters and broken down appliances. Spend a few moments staring at your existing kitchen, and decide if your counter, backsplash, cabinets, and appliances are in good shape. If not, begin repairing your kitchen, and start with the countertops. You don’t have to replace an entire kitchen, just make sure that everything appears to be new and clean.
Spending a small fortune on Seattle home renovations is not necessary, but make sure your kitchen, roof, and floors are up to par. Once you create a desirable house, buyers will begin to see your home’s overall appeal … and isn’t that the whole point?
Raynor James writes about a wide variety of real estate issues for FSBOAmerica.org , where you can view or list homes for sale by owner for 1 month free.