When it comes time to sell your home, preparing it is no small task. And for many homeowners, saving money on those preparations is key! But while saving money is great and easy, there are a few major projects that can be done to help you get the most bang for your buck. You can choose to update your bathroom or change up your landscaping. While these projects take a little bit more work, the payoff is incredible. Let’s take a look at a few essential value-adding projects you can perform before selling your home.
Of course, before you start working on any home projects, it’s important to consider working with a professional. HGTV says it’s a good idea to invite a realtor or interior designer over to your home for a look at what can be done. Some may suggest easy updates such as applying a new coat of paint or replacing your existing furniture. They might even tell you that replacing your furniture completely isn’t necessary and suggest that you should simply rearrange what you already have. These are easy tips for someone who is looking to revamp the look of their house without spending a ton of money.
Revamp the Bathroom
Zillow says there are a few tell-tale signs that your bathroom must receive a makeover. It’s a place you’re going to inevitably spend a lot of time, so it should be a place of comfort. To check if your bathroom needs an update, take a picture of it. If it simply looks ugly, it’s time for a change. Sometimes you might miss a flaw in-person, but will be able to catch it in the photo. Things like a mismatched color scheme might stick out right away on a photograph.
Zillow also says that if a bathroom smells like a bathroom, potential buyers might turn away. You can easily fix the “old” bathroom smell by adding windows to the room or by checking on the toilet’s wax sealing. If your flooring, countertops, and wall tiles are out of date, don’t hesitate to replace those as well. More than four out of five homeowners who renovating their space are replacing major bathroom features such as flooring, countertops, and sinks.
Spruce Up Your Lawn
Just like the way your bathroom looks (and smells) is important, the way your yard looks is important. Sure, it’s fine to make sure your lawn is mowed, but if potential buyers take a look at your yard and only see cut grass, they might think it’s a little basic. Home Design Lover says good landscaping can lead to a comfortable environment. If your side yard gives off some vacation vibes, whoever is living in the home will want to spend their time outdoors. Plant some cool-toned flowers, bring in lounge chairs, and install a stone fountain. The peace and tranquility of the space will make any potential homebuyer want to come into your home. In fact, if you spend just 5% of the value of your home on your landscaping, it can increase the resale value by up to 15%.
Whether you choose to be one of the 60% of homeowners who plan to remodel your master bathroom (according to a Houzz survey,) or if you’re just throwing a new coat of paint on the wall, taking the time to make some changes can help increase the value of your home!