Smart home selling upgrades are savvy improvements which aren’t necessary big or costly. In fact, most of them are sensible changes with huge impact. If you think about the adage “less is more,” you’ve got the essential idea. It’s all about making a property more attractive to buyers. But, doing it in a way that’s simple and mostly inexpensive. After all, you need your house to look its best to get it to sell fast but you obviously don’t want to go overboard.
Remodeling Advice for Sellers
So, let’s start with some remodeling advice for sellers. Perhaps the most important piece of advice is to avoid over-improvement. Or, what’s also known as over-building for the neighborhood. This means if the homes on your block are almost all three bed, two or two-plus bath, don’t add a second story.
“According to Remodeling Magazine (www.remodelingmagazine.com) you’re less likely to recoup your investment in a major kitchen or bathroom remodel than you are to get back what you spend on basic home maintenance such as new siding. Siding replacement recouped 92.8 percent of its cost, according to the study. The only home improvement likely to return more at resale was a minor (roughly $15,000) kitchen remodel, which returned 92.9 percent. Replacing roofs and windows were also high on the list, returning 80 percent or more at resale.” —HGTV.com
If you overbuild the neighborhood, it will make the house very difficult to sell for a number of reasons. Chief among them is no one looking for a 3-bed, 2-bath house and yours is renovated to a 4-bed, 3-bath, those buyers won’t be interested. Not to mention the fact that no one will be enthusiastic to purchase a home that’s quite more expensive than its neighbors. The point is, make subtle changes for the biggest effect.
Smart Home Selling Upgrades that Help It Sell Faster
Even if you’re not going to sell your home right now (or in the near future), you should always be thinking about resale. Of course, if you are ready to sell, this is more timely. Here are some of the top smart home selling upgrades to help it sell fast:
- Refinished countertops. If the kitchen countertops are outdated, this will pose a huge selling obstacle. The reality is that old countertops will do more to raise buyer objections than practically anything else. You don’t have to spend a lot to refinish kitchen countertops to make them a big selling feature.
- Organized storage spaces. Another great way and less expensive step you can take is to get storage spaces organized. Simple closet organizers are a fabulous selling feature because they make such a big impact on buyers’ impressions.
- Eye-catching curb appeal. For even more marketing prowess, get the curb appeal in shape. Make it pop with some colorful mulch and flowers. Powerwash the exterior and some more general cleanup will go a long, long way to impress buyers.
- Professional home staging. Never underestimate the power of home staging. It’s a terrific way to get the home to sell itself. After all, only 1 out of 10 buyers can imagine a home in another way than they see it. And, it only takes 7 to 10 seconds to form an impression of a property. Not to mention the fact, staging depersonalizes the house. Face it, buyers just aren’t interested in your personal life. What they want is the right house to make their own home.
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