Where to Invest Your Time and Money
If you’re like most homeowners looking to sell, you want to spend the minimum amount of dollars to have a show-ready home, while still getting the maximum return on your investment. Doing the work yourself is a great first step toward keeping money in your pocket. As long as you invest your dollars making the best changes, they will help increase your home’s value.
Replacing old or unappealing light fixtures is a good place to start in preparing a show-ready home. Sometimes changing out bulbs for more wattage can make all the difference in how a home shows, especially if natural light is lacking. The more light you can add to your home, the better. Freshening up or removing dark or dated curtains can brighten your home and make it more inviting. Sheer white panels are always an improvement over dated curtains and are an inexpensive replacement.
Replacing outlet covers is a wise, inexpensive change. Why not also consider purchasing several outlets that include 2 USB charging ports. Consider which rooms in your home are used most frequently for charging smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices. A few of these strategically placed outlets can make a big difference.
A bathroom makeover consistently gets a high return on the investment. Start small, especially if you have a limited budget and plan to make the improvements yourself. Consider one or all of these: new vanity, new sink, new light fixtures, updated faucet, and a spa-like shower head. Individually these items can be found for under $100 but all of these add value to your home by giving it a fresh, new look. Doesn’t everyone want a fancy shower head? And, if you can’t afford a new vanity, consider painting it!
The kitchen is another room that yields the best return for your investment. Your kitchen will either attract or deter potential buyers. The most beneficial DIY improvement to a dated kitchen is a fresh coat of white pain on the cabinets. Go ahead and change out the cabinet hardware while you’re at it. This project can be time consuming but not necessarily difficult. This is definitely a wise investment toward getting your home in show-ready shape.
Buyers begin to judge your property the second they arrive. It starts with curb appeal. I cannot over-emphasize how important curb appeal is to the sale of your home. A new mailbox, new house numbers, an updated light fixture and a fresh coat of door paint speak volumes to potential buyers entering your home. Additional steps toward an attractive exterior are: removing leaves and debris, cleaning out gutters and downspouts, trimming shrubs, mulching flower beds, and power washing anywhere and everywhere.
Adding value to your home does not have to be expensive or difficult. Start by considering your budget and your home’s most pressing needs. Sometimes, the simplest DIY projects can be the best starting point toward a show-ready home.