Spring cleaning. Those two words are enough to drive dread into the heads of busy people. Who has the time for this? And ultimately, what’s even the point?
Well, I’m here to tell you that investing a bit of time, money and muscle into your home this Spring may end up giving you a big return when it’s time to sell your house. If you’ve bought a starter home, or plan on upgrading soon, and don’t want to invest a ton of money into the place you’re currently living, here are some great things to focus on to get a maximum return, using as little resources as possible.
Declutter and Clean
It’s amazing how quickly the vibe of a home can change with one deep clean. Spend some time and effort decluttering your home, cleaning those uncleaned places, and re-organizing what you have left. Not only will you feel better almost immediately, people coming to your home will get the impression of a clean and peaceful place where they can set up the next chapter of their lives. And the best part, this process is practically free!
Up Your Curb Appeal
The first thing buyers are going to see isn’t the kitchen, or how many bedrooms, or the bathroom. The outside of the house is where you make your first impression. And fortunately, if you’re willing to put in the elbow grease you can really tidy up your home’s outward appearance for a relatively small investment. Consider making this the year of lawn care and gardening. Spring is a great time to start turning a lawn around or to plant some perennials that will come back year-after-year to make the front of your house look like a million bucks (even if it’s more of a $600,000 kind of home).
Some other outdoor project like replacing your vinyl siding, touching up the windows, or replacing the doors can all add up to making your porch pop. With a year or two of work and a one or two thousand dollars of investment, you can turn your yard into one of the biggest draws of your home.
Update the Roof
A savvy buyer is always going to ask about the roof. And if your answer is “it’s new!”, you’re well on your way to selling your home. There are a lot of different options for upgrading your roof and depending on the size of your home, you can re-shingle your entire roof for under $10,000, which goes a long way in selling your home down the line. Although it’s the most expensive reno on this list, it comes highly recommended to as one of the best ways to get a return.
New Paint Job
Be selective and paint a few rooms in your house. A new paint job is very inexpensive, especially if you are comfortable doing it yourself, but really gives a house a new brightness and life. Consider painting any of the more creatively-colored rooms to make them a little more universally appealing. A bright-orange Kitchen is definitely a tougher sell than one with a little more modest paint job.
If you have some old hardwood or cracked tiles in your home, it can be the one thing that sticks out in your house photos that move buyers on to a new home. Even if everything else in the house is original, a brand new floor can give the illusion of a brand new home. As beautiful hardwood stretches out across your entrance way and along your main floor, potential buyers will be floored by how fresh your house looks.
Spruce Up the Kitchen
There’s a saying in Real Estate that the Kitchen sells the home. And a lot of the time it’s true! And while dishing out tens of thousands of dollars on a complete Kitchen reno can see a financial return, you don’t need to go buck (or bucks?) wild. Some simple updates you could do which could benefit your resale value is simply updating the hardware on your cabinets, laying down some new tiles or hardwood, or simply repainting the walls.
Spruce Up the Bathroom
In the same way, you don’t need to rip out your bathtub for a brand new steam shower (though that does sound delightful). A simple spruce up can help future buyers get a great first impression of your bathroom. Perhaps all you need to do is a deep clean and add some new stainless steel faucets for a shiny new look for a fraction of the price of a full reno.
Start with one or two projects and see how you feel. Are you curious about what renos to do or just want to know what your house is worth as it is? Send me a message or give me a call and let me see how I can help!