People decide to sell their homes for numerous reasons. They may have gotten a job offer in another city; they may have outgrown their current house. Regardless of the reason behind their decision to put their house on the market, there is no doubt that everyone wants to get the best price possible for it. This, of course, doesn’t happen without effort and investment.
To make your home more appealing for potential buyers, you need to make some upgrades that will bring you the biggest return on investment. Fortunately, you are not the first one to ask the question of which home improvements are the easiest, yet the most profitable ones. Here are the most interesting ideas we have picked up for easy home improvements.
A minor kitchen remodeling project
We hear it all the time: a kitchen is the heart of the home. And this is very much true, especially when people are looking into buying a property. The kitchen is one of the things people pay most attention to, because if it is not functional and aesthetically pleasing, the remodeling can cost a fortune. If your kitchen only has some minor issues (e.g. outdated cabinet hardware), it is a good idea to do a quick remodeling. In fact, according to 2017 Cost vs. Value report, such move will recoup more than 80% of the invested money. Some things that can be included into this project are painting, re-grouting, refacing the cabinets and changing their hardware.
New entry door
First impressions matter, and if the first thing the potential home buyers see when they come for open-house is worn out, unappealing and unwelcoming entry door – you are in big trouble. Replacing the front door is not only a matter of appearance, but also of safety, so pay attention. Depending on the material you choose to use this investment can recoup up to 90% of its initial cost. This makes steel the best choice for the entry door. If your entry door is still of good quality, but only look deteriorated, you can refresh them with a new coat of paint.
Use concrete to the max
Concrete is a very versatile material that can be used in dozens of ways in both your back and front yard. For example, in the previous paragraph we’ve mentioned the relevance of the first impression, and the same goes for your driveway. If it has a lot of cracks, it can lower the total value of the property and bring down your curb appeal. Making a new one out of durable exposed aggregate concrete will prevent that from happening. Other great ways to use concrete include making a concrete backyard pathway, building a concrete seating area or even making concrete garden pots.
Give your bathroom a face lift
Apart from the kitchen, the bathroom is the most important room in your house when it comes to selling. Major bathroom remodels are expensive and time-consuming. Although they are very rewarding, if you can’t afford to lose that much time and money, you can opt for a smaller renovation, which can include changing the countertops (granite and marble are great choices), installing a new faucet, adding warmth with wall-mounted lights, installing a new showerhead and re-grouting.
Home buyers of today are crazy about energy-efficiency, and for a good reason – a green home means lower power bills. Making your home more energy-efficient can include a lot of different projects. Depending on your needs and possibilities, you can focus on adding a ceiling fan in each room, switching from incandescent lights to LED or CFLs, double-panning the windows, adding storm doors, getting a smart thermostat, improving the insulation, and more.
Even though the current real estate market is everything but stable, these five renovation projects can guarantee an increased value and all-in-all a more successful sale.