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Eight Home Improvement Projects That Can Pay Off Big When Putting Your Home Up for Sale

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Deciding to put your house on the real estate market is, of course, the first step in maximizing your overall investment. But an important consideration when preparing your home for sale is being able to do the maximum work at the least cost so the home appears clean and up-to-date, so as to give you a better chance at selling at a good price.

Eight Simple Improvements

First impressions are extremely important to buyers. In order to make as many potential homebuyers interested and capitalize on the sale of your home, try to complete as many of the following eight home improvement projects as possible:

  1. Repaint

You may not notice if you have lived in your home for a fair amount of time, that the once bright and fresh paint often fades and needs touching up. Nicks and dents are inevitable. Repainting will rejuvenate your home and make it look vibrant and well taken care of.

  1. Replace the Front Door
Front Porch of Home

Porch to a home with a front door and hanging light.

One of the main reasons to replace your door is to improve the home’s overall energy efficiency, but this will also increase the overall curb appeal. Potential buyers will be drawn to your home for both reasons. They may even pay extra for this feature.

  1. Finish the Basement

Many basements are unfinished, so if you have the resources, improve or remodel the area to add more living space to the home as a whole. If a major remodel or basement finishing project is not within reason for your particular situation, simply make the area clean, organized and as presentable as possible. A few pieces of furniture can   help buyers imagine how the area might look once finished. They  may be attracted to the extra space available and even desire to complete a basement remodeling project themselves if eventually deciding to go purchase the home.

  1. Improve the Kitchen

Remodeling projects can be expensive, but well worth it, as kitchen remodels often provide the greatest return on investment. If an entire kitchen remodel is not possible, try to update an appliance or two or add stone countertops in an easy area like the island to make the home more efficient and modern.

  1. Remodel the Bathroom

Similar to the kitchen remodel project, a bathroom remodel can provide a fresh update and cleaner look. To update the bathroom on a smaller scale, simply replace the most outdated or worn items; such as the faucets, cabinet knobs, wallpaper and lights.

  1. Add a Deck or a Patio

Smaller houses in particular can benefit from a deck or patio addition. Adding a composite deck can have as much as a 68% return on investment, while installing a wood deck can have as much as an 80.5% return.

  1. Replace Windows

Old, drafty windows can be incredibly inefficient. Purchasing new windows for your home can raise the value of your home because potential homeowners see that as something they will not have to invest in for the near future. This same thought process applies to any major system that is old, such as the furnace, water heater or air conditioning compressor.

  1. Remember to Consider Landscaping

A buyer’s perception of your home begins with its curb appeal. Therefore, ensure your grass is cut, flowers are alive and colorful, shrubs are trimmed away from the house and the lawn is clear of excess clutter such as hoses and trash cans.

To learn more about how to make your home open house-ready with a few easy changes or to hire a real estate agent to assist you, visit the Sage Realty LLC website or call 610-687-4000 today.

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