Thinking of putting your home on the market? Not yet? That’s okay. Maybe it’s time for a home improvement project instead! Contact us now, and we can help you decide which top home renovation projects will still add good value to your home… while you enjoy them.
Top Home Renovation Projects for Boosting Home Value
If you wait until the last minute, you won’t be able to get everything done at your leisure and with the biggest bang for your buck. Too often, we hear, “Why didn’t we do this sooner?” from our sellers!
Using a contractor might be necessary for bigger projects, but there are plenty of projects that most homeowners can do to make their home more attractive and usable. Here are a few top home renovation projects you can tackle this summer.
Spruce up your curb appeal
The first impression, curb appeal, is important especially in real estate. From the moment buyers drive up to your home, they will be judging everything about the house and yard. Enhancing curb appeal is perhaps one of the most important projects you can and should do prior to selling your home.
Most real estate agents say your home’s exterior sets the stage for whether or not a buyer feels that you have maintained the home. Improving your curb appeal doesn’t have to be difficult, though.
Buyers and other visitors enjoy having a nice clear, lighted path to the front door. Large, visible house numbers not only make it easier for guests to find your home, but also make it more visible in case of emergency. And new front and garage doors have some of the highest returns on investment of any home improvement project.
Make necessary repairs
If you need any exterior repairs made, now is a great time to do it. Why spend the money for the next owner only? Do it now so that you can enjoy the pride of ownership that you felt when you first purchased the home.
Don’t forget the landscaping
Exterior landscaping is another important aspect of curb appeal. Maybe there is a dying tree that should be removed or shrubs you want transplanted. Those things need to be done at certain times of year. For example, if you are going to sell in the spring, plant hundreds of bulbs in the spring. If you plan to sell your home in the fall, then spring bulbs and fall blooming plants should be planted in the spring. They will multiply and grow so you can enjoy them the following year if you postpone your move.
Declutter & pare down
Don’t skip out on the basics. While it might seem simple, presenting a clean and decluttered home can increase a home’s asking price by 3 – 5%. If you’ve lived in your current home for many years, the idea of decluttering may be overwhelming. Your walls may be decorated with your children’s kindergarten art, bowling trophies from years ago may still be displayed in the living room, and let’s not even mention the boxes filled with personal mementos in the basement that you simply can’t part with.
Unfortunately, even storage spaces and closets need to be sorted and organized for the home selling process. Prospective buyers always care about storage; if your closets are overflowing, they won’t be impressed.
Once everything’s decluttered, the next step is depersonalizing. Buyers can’t picture themselves in your home if they’re distracted by family portraits and personal keepsakes. Store them away and bring them back once you’ve sold this home and closed on a new one.
Deep clean everything
The last step to impress buyers with your interior? Deep clean. That means polishing the counters, dusting the bookshelves, and sweeping the floors. Don’t cut corners, as buyers are easily turned off by messy and dirty homes.
These small home renovations can make a big difference when it comes not just to selling your home, but to living in it, too! The sooner you get started making improvements, the more you’ll be able to accomplish, and the longer you’ll be able to enjoy them.
Thinking About Making a Move in Los Angeles County?
Are you thinking about selling your home in the LA area? We’d love to help! Contact Brad Korb Real Estate Group today to learn more about how we can help you get your home looking fantastic, price it accurately, and list it for top dollar.