Make Your Home Energy-Efficient
You can also install a smart light system which can be set up in all rooms or just a few. It will automatically detect if you have left the house but forgot to turn off the lights and will do it for you. You can also program certain areas to be on a motion sensor, which is perfect for hallways or other places that don’t get a lot of foot traffic.
Check in with a professional or do some research to find out what trends are popular at the moment, especially for the outside of your home. You will want to stick with neutral colors for the interior so that your home feels like a blank canvas to potential buyers. It’s easier to paint a lighter wall darker than vice versa. Don’t skimp on the moldings or cabinets either; it is just as important to have these areas looking neat and new as it is for the walls.
On the outside, make sure everything that needs it gets a fresh coat of paint. If you have a painted deck, for instance, freshen it up. If your deck is wood make sure to stain and reseal it. Anything you can do to make everything look new and taken care of will help significantly in your home's resale.
Upgrade and Fix Your Kitchen
Kitchens are typically a high-focus room for buyers. The space’s condition and appearance can make or break a sale. Most buyers don’t want to buy a home only to have to turn around and invest more money in it themselves, and if they have to, it is less likely that you will get the amount you are hoping for the sale. Your kitchen should be turn-key.
The first thing to do is go through and fix anything that needs to be fixed. Chips, scrapes, stains, dings, a leaky faucet, everything. The next thing is to replace anything that cannot be restored. You may also want to take this opportunity to replace some appliances to make them more modern. You can do simple upgrades or be a little extravagant and get some smart appliances to make your home stand out from the rest.
Open concepts are in high demand at the moment, so if you are able to make your kitchen open into the dining and living room areas - if it isn’t already - your home will be that much more sought after and appealing.
Upgrade and Fix Your Bathroom
Another room that is incredibly important to potential buyers is the bathroom. This room easily gets rundown, and since it is a room that needs to be used all the time, it is crucial to make it a place someone wants to be.
Just as in your kitchen, you need to go through and make repairs for whatever you can; this includes fixtures, mirrors, toilet seats, and tiles. Ensure there is no mold and if you have an old beaten-up shower curtain, it’s time to replace it. After that, you need to replace anything that needs to be replaced and make upgrades where you can. Right now, soaking tubs and rainfall showers are very en vogue.
If you want to make this room luxurious, installing heated floors, a bidet, and a smart shower could be a good move. Smart showers allow you to change the temperature of your water or pressure of your water easily; some you can even add steam features to. All of these upgrades will make your home appealing and worth more on its sale.
Fix Any Minor Repairs & Clean Everything
While this seems like it is a minor thing, it is actually one of the biggest.
Front Yard and Backyard Landscaping
Once the whole house is fresh and finished, it’s time to address the walkway and driveway. Both of these areas need to be free of cracks, holes, and oil stains in the case of the driveway. If they are too far beyond repair, just go ahead and redo them altogether.
Now that everything is painted, repaired, and looking great, the last step is landscaping in order to pull everything together. You can decide to go with grass, astroturf, pebbles, or even tanbark. Whatever you feel works best with the house as a whole and the neighborhood. If you choose to grass, make sure that it is full-looking and well-cut. If it’s grown too long or if there are a bunch of bare areas, then you will need to reseed or relay brand new grass. The good part about the other options is that they don’t need to be watered and are relatively low-maintenance. Finish your yards up by adding flowers, gardens, trees, and bushes. Create different levels and colors to showcase your house and make it shine.
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