Renovations, whether large or small, can make a big impact on selling your home. They can also create a large hole in your wallet if you don’t know which ones will pay off. Most won’t recoup the exact amount of money you spend but will help in getting more potential buyers coming through your door. So here are some ideas to consider:

  • First, the roof. If it leaks, nothing else matters to the home buyer. While a new roof may not add immediate value to your home, it may help it sell faster.
  • Curb Appeal- if it doesn’t look nice on the outside nobody is going to want to go inside to see the renovations. A nicely manicured lawn and a welcoming entranceway invite people inside your home. Having green plants in various heights gives a nice uniform look. A new coat of paint on the front door is another easy upgrade. Popular colors are yellow and red. A red door is synonymous with hospitality. Yellow is cheerful and warm.
  • A new deck will recoup approximately 84% when selling a home. A weather treated wooden deck is a nice selling point.
  • Kitchens are easier to up date than one might think. Consider adding new appliances. Adding new fixtures and a backsplash can really update this room. Granite countertops are also a nice way to improve a kitchen.
  • Bathrooms can also be updated with new hardware and fixtures. Removing old caulking and adding new can make a bathroom look cleaner and neater. Removing a shower door or curtain creates space.
  • Windows- New windows are a good selling point as they lower energy costs. Wooden windows are admired for their classical elegance and relative scarcity in the marketplace and can significantly improve the value of your home to the right buyers.
  • Central Air is a good upgrade especially if you are selling in the warmer seasons.
  • Attics are often unused spaces in homes and are suitable as home offices, TV rooms, art studios and even bedrooms. The buyer will see potential for personal use as well as knowing that all areas of the home are sustainable.
  • Upscale fiber-cement siding can actually recoup the same amount or more money than you spend on it. It is relatively easy to install and is virtually maintenance free once installed and painted.
  • Reorganizing small closet spaces and adding wood elements like shelves or cubby holes creates a tidy look.
  • If you have painted inside, replacing outlet covers will complete an updated look. Consider replacing heat registers too.