Affordable Upgrades to Increase Your Home's Value and Appeal
Have you noticed? Sometimes it's the details that set one house in apart from another and make it more desirable.
Those appealing details can:
- Increase the selling price
- Cause the home to sell faster
Here are several upgrades that will make your house more attractive to potential buyers – each costing less than $500. (Unless you're a do-it-yourselfer, add the cost of installation):
Repaint or Replace the front door and/or entry hardware.
Since your front entry is the first thing buyers see when they approach the house, it makes the first impression. Doors come in a wide range of styles and prices, with a good variety available for less than $300. Keyed entry hardware comes in some eye-catching styles for under $150, and you can upgrade to a keyless (digital) entry for less than $200.
Replace the light fixture at your front entry.
If you've still got one of those old round-glass bug-catchers, replace it with something classy for under $50.
Install a programmable thermostat
Most people are energy conscious these days, so a programmable thermostat has great appeal. Tech-smart buyers will especially like a Wi-Fi enabled thermostat that allows them to control the temperature from their car or office. 7-day programmable thermostats with Wi-Fi run between $100 and $200.
Upgrade the fixtures and hardware in kitchen or bath.
You may not be able to afford new cabinetry in the kitchen or bath, but you can give the existing cabinets a new, fresh look with new door and drawer pulls, and new faucets.
Consider replacing your kitchen faucet with one of the new models with a spray head – it's a convenience most love, and you'll find a good selection for less than $150. If you want to make an even bigger impression – replace the old sink with one that has no wear marks. These are also available for under $200.
Bathroom vanity faucets run from $30 to as much as $300 for designer styles.
Lighting fixtures are also inexpensive and can give a whole new look to a room. You can replace that dated "round bulb" light bar over the bathroom vanity with a stylish fixture for less than $100.
Replace the toilet – or just the seat.
If you've scrubbed the old toilet so many times that it never quite sparkles, consider replacing it. New toilets run from $100 to $300, while replacement toilet seats cost less than $30.
If you're handy, you could make every improvement mentioned here for an investment of less than $1,300. Would it be worth it to cause your home to sell faster, and for more money?
When you're getting ready to make upgrades prior to selling and wondering where you should spend your dollars, give me a call. I'll be glad to share my knowledge of our local market and tell you what today's home buyers want most.