Top Home Improvements With The Best ROI
You already know that your home does not look like the pictures in the home magazines. If you’re ready to list your home, you might be wondering if you should do some home improvements or upgrades before listing.
The truth is not all changes will bring the best Return on Investment (ROI). Before you plan a big, or small, improvement project, here are the top home improvements which have been shown to bring the best “bang for your buck.”
Yard Clean-Up And Landscaping
What a difference a cleaned up and trimmed landscaped yard makes to your home’s appeal. It is after all, the very first thing your potential buyers will see if you are planning on selling your home. It is also the first thing your neighbors, family and friends see too, so take some time to keep your yard well kept. If landscaping and yard work are not your thing, check your local community resources for companies who can come and do this for you on a weekly, monthly or bi-monthly basis.
Complete Home Cleaning And Decluttering
As I’ve mentioned before in many blog posts, a clean and decluttered home goes a long way! Not only what it does for you mentally while you live in the home, to have things put away and not have to be moving piles of stuff from place to place, but when you are ready to put your home on the market, it is a must before your home begins to get showings.
Replacing The Front Door
It is amazing what a different a new front door makes to the curb appeal of your home. If your door is in good condition, a fresh coat of paint and some new hardware will change things completely. If your front door has seen better days, check into new door options at your local home improvement store.
New Siding, Exterior Repairs And/Or Fresh Paint
This is a more expensive home improvement item, but is one of those home maintenance items that needs to be done. Painted stucco color only lasts so long here in Arizona as our intense heat and sun begins to fade it. Again, what a night and day change when you have the outside of your home freshly painted and at the same time, any repairs to the fascia, stucco, cracking, etc. can also be done. The same thing goes for siding needing to be replaced.
Kitchen And Bath Upgrades
Typically when a kitchen is in need of upgrades, so are the bathrooms in a home. Upgrading things in the kitchen like counter tops, cabinets, hardware and appliances are a great start. If the kitchen sink, faucet or lighting fixtures have seen better days, those are items to replace as well. Bathrooms follow the same process. New vanity, toilets, flooring, shower doors, lighting, etc. should be looked at to see if they are ready to be upgraded. Buyers looking to purchase a home are looking for houses where these rooms have been updated more recently than not.
Deck And Patio Additions
Outdoor kitchens and built-in BBQs are often on many buyer’s wishlists, and many homes especially in AZ, have them, since we can spend almost the entire year outside. Check with a contractor and into HOA regulations/approvals that may be required for deck and patio additions, as you don’t want to build a patio only to find out it is not HOA approved by the architectural committee.
First and foremost, home buyers search for properties with good bones. Ensure there is no deferred maintenance, and then consider a few updates to give your home a fresh appeal to attract the most potential buyers.