Smart Upgrades to Sell Your Home

Living in the beautiful and envious Florida weather is something people across the country dream about. So, when it comes time to sell your property, you’ll have many interested parties. Unfortunately, those potential buyers are looking at more than just one home. They will be comparing each house they tour, astutely noticing every detail to add to their “pros and cons” list.

This makes it absolutely essential to put the best features forward for your home to stand out. Of course, you don’t want to put too much into it because that’s not a financially sound strategy. You want to get the most out of your home sale and that means making smart choices.

Remodeling for Sellers

There are two types of remodeling: big and small, which fall nicely between homeowners who are staying in their current house for years to come, and those which want to make improvements that will bring a good return on investment. Everyone knows that a full overhaul of the kitchen and each bathroom will add real value to a home. However, when selling, that’s too big an expense to recoup.

“According to Remodeling Magazine ( 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

Knowledge is power and there’s little more powerful than making a great impression. Remodeling projects for sellers is a conflicting chore: on the one hand, you want to make your home the best in its class; on the other, you can’t emotionally attach yourself to it. So, let’s look at the smartest choices you can make.

Smart Upgrades for Selling a Home

As the cliche goes, less is more; and, when it comes to selling a home, that’s spot on advice. Here are the best improvements you can make to give your home market-ready pop:

  • Refinishing the countertops. Unless you plan on living there for many years to come, replacing the kitchen countertops is not a good investment. Instead, refresh them with a coat of transformation paint and give them a fresh new look. Be sure to select a neutral color, dark and intense colors will sabotage your efforts.
  • Get storage spaces organized.  This is a low cost, highly effective way to make you closets, garage, and other storage areas huge selling points. Install organization systems and wow buyers.
  • Step-up the curb appeal. Statistics show that people form an impression about a property in 7 to 10 seconds. Colorful flowers and plants, along with fresh mulch will do the trick nicely. Combine it with a good pressure washing, and a new coat of paint on the shutters and make your house really stand out.
  • Depersonalize and stage. Buyers aren’t purchasing your life, just a property; so, give them what they want and rid the space of personal effects such as family photos. Stage the furniture for maximum space and flow and make an impression.

Last but not least, if you have an enclosed Florida room, give it a little attention. Make it welcoming and comfortable for the best results.

Thinking of selling your home in Hunter’s Creek and wonder which upgrades will best market your property for resale? Contact us and we’ll schedule a free consultation, talk about what changes to make and how to market your property to sell quickly and for the best price possible.