When making home improvements, many people think of replacing superficial things in the home to make it look more desirable for potential buyers. However, it’s essential to give priority to the most pressing improvements. Before making major remodeling decisions in certain areas of your house, make sure that the essentials are taken care of.
Here’s a look at some home improvements that will pay off in the long run:
- Home maintenance — Your first instinct may be to turn to the bathroom or kitchen in an attempt to provide something amazing to show off to potential buyers. However, you should address any maintenance problems before you tackle these projects. For example, you should check to see if the roof is in good condition, that the basement is free of leaks, and that your water lines aren’t compromised in any way. If your furnace and water heater are old, you should consider replacing those. While these changes don’t add aesthetic value, they can make or break a deal if they are left neglected. Don’t think that a flashy kitchen or bathroom will fool your buyers; they will be able to tell if a home is well taken care of or not.
- Curb appeal — First impressions count, so you should take a look at the outside of your house. Is your lawn overgrown? Is it dry? Is your landscaping unkempt or your flower beds full of weeds? Are your hedges overgrown and lacking shape? Taking time to fix simple things outside your home can give buyers a good impression before they even step in the door. Even putting up a fresh coat of paint on the exterior of your home can make a difference. If the outside looks neglected, then potential buyers will think that the inside is the same. And if they see problems in your online pictures, buyers might not even bother looking at the interior of your house.
- Kitchens and baths — Kitchens and bathrooms can be a game changer for your home if you have money to spare after you’ve tended to the essentials. Remodeling either of these areas in your home often gets you a full return on investment. However, make sure that when you remodel that you are making high-quality replacements, like exchanging laminate countertops with granite. While these types of renovations can be costly, they are worth it when it comes to improving the value of your home.
- More space — If you have the land to do so, adding more space onto your house will bring value to your home. Many people are now looking for larger homes with more elbow room.
Remodeling your home can be a stressful and challenging task, but it’s an investment that will pay off in the long run, not only monetarily when it’s time to sell, but as you live and have positive experiences within the walls of your home.