Springtime will be here before we know it, and that means the real estate market will be picking up. If you are planning on putting your house up for sale, you may be wondering which areas of your house you can make improvements in and which improvements are the most valuable. The best upgrades for a home are elements that not only help to catch a buyer’s attention, but give give an added touch of character. Here are 6 great ideas that buyers love and will give you the best return on your investment.
1. Add a Little Space
No one wants to walk into a dark and cramped house. One way that you can liven up a house is to knock down a wall and create an open floor plan, which opens up opportunities to bring people to together. Whether it’s for entertaining or supervising the kids while cooking, open spaces invite people to connect and help buyers to see themselves in your home.
2. Curb Appeal
When you think back to the first time that you saw your house, what was your first impression? A well maintained yard, a fresh paint job and minor repairs will help to give a great first impression for buyers that visit your home and set the tone for the rest of the showing.
4. Give Your Kitchen a Makeover
The kitchen is the centerpiece of a living space, an area that everyone gravitates to. Upgrades in the kitchen, whether they are minor or major, usually have an excellent return for homeowners. Upgrade your kitchen by adding a new backsplash, countertop or cabinetry. Modern kitchens with updated appliances are a major wish list item for most buyers.
5. Remodeling or Finishing Your Basement
Too often basements are used as a place to store junk or just wasted space. If your basement is under-utilized, consider a remodel to create a welcoming space that adds to the character and value of your home. Some popular ideas are to build a bar, entertainment area or “man cave”.
7. Energy Savers
These days, efficiency is becoming more and more important to the average buyer. In addition to the standard energy efficient features in your home, add something that will not only help the buyer save money in the long run, but reduce their carbon footprint. Replacing windows, adding dimmers to your lights, buying energy efficient appliances or installing insulation to your attic are just a few ways that you can accomplish this.
All in all, when you’re ready to put your house on the market, put yourself in the shoes of a prospective buyer. With these ideas you can make some major improvements in a short time, and soon enough you’ll have a beautiful home that gives you a great return on your investment and a happy buyer who’s excited to move in.