Buyers wonder about the age and upkeep of certain big-ticket features in a home like the roof and HVAC system. They also are interested in just how move-in ready the home is. To get their house move-in ready to appeal to the largest buyer pool Sellers can do som easy prep work!
Here are Top 5 Projects for Sellers to Boost Their Resale Value
Average project cost: $954 to $2,893 (depending on location, paint type, and labor)
Stick with neutral colors throughout, like whites, beiges, or soft grays. It’s OK to have one accent wall; when every room’s a different color … then that’s cheap to fix with paint. I always advise sellers to paint their interiors before listing.
Some of the most popular colors: Sherwin-Williams Agreeable Gray and Benjamin Moore’s Revere Pewter.
2. Keep flooring consistent
To install carpet: $789 to $2,794
To install hardwood floors: $2,493 to $6,754
To install vinyl floors: $800 to $2,900
Another item that can sway a buyer to your house is by keeping the floor consistent through out the rooms, halls and stairs.
A more uniform flooring look—one or two types—can be more appealing to buyers. It’s true many buyers may expect hardwood floors or premium vinyl; not all carpeting has to go. However, removing any dated carpet, like those in bright colors, as well as any stained or worn carpet again makes the house appealing to buyers and less work.
3. Brighten the kitchen
Average project cost: $382 to $1,064 (depending on equipment and labor); $2 to $20 per piece of hardware
White-colored kitchens remain the most popular. They can brighten the look of the space. Today Buyers are looking for white and clean. It doesn’t have to be stark white, they just want a clean palette
Dated kitchen cabinets can be painted by a pro for a quick fix. If the kitchen has other colors throughout, painting the walls white to try to brighten the space is always a great idea and also, kitchen cabinets can get an upgrade with new hardware, such as hand pulls.
4. Replace dated countertops and appliances
Average project cost: $40 to $100 per square foot for new countertops (depending on material);
$1,360 to $19,050 for appliances
Dated appliances and countertops can turn off buyers. When thinking of replacing the countertop, a bright, monochromatic look, such as a gray or white countertop made of granite, marble, or quartz is always a good choice. Butcher block countertops could be a more cost-effective option. Multi colored granite can date a home. Replacing a countertop if the rest of the kitchen has not been upgraded and is dated makes the new countertops will look out of place and have buyers question what else have the sellers skimped on.
5. Hire a professional cleaner for your bathroom
Average project cost: $70 to $85 per hour for a professional.
A thorough cleaning of the bathroom can make a big difference, and often a professional cleaner can do the most thorough job. Pay attention to tile grout lines and any signs of mildew.