As we enter a brand new year, for many people it will be a year of excitement and changes which may include putting their home up for sale. If this sounds like you then you may want to take a few moments to read about renovations you can do around your house that are sure to add value and bring in top dollar when you sell it.
Before You Get Started
Before you even throw yourself into the renovation process there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind. Planning is key with renovations and obviously you want to be sure that the renovations are completely done before you list your home. There is nothing worse than having potential buyers walk through your home mid-renovations. This is sure to leave a bad taste in their mouth and may even decrease the value of your home.
Another tip is that you either hire a professional to do the work for you, or you make sure that you use professional material and equipment. If there is exterior work happening, there’s a good chance you’ll need scaffolding poles, tubes, boards, and fencing to keep the area safe and reach all the spots you want to renovate. Again, this needs to be over and done with before showing your home.
Spruce Up the Kitchen
The kitchen is arguably the very best place to spend money as this is a focal point for the home. Buyers want to see a fresh, clean, modern, newly renovated kitchen and they are usually willing to pay a premium for it. In fact, a great looking kitchen can erase other issues in the home and manage to get you top dollar. If you are feeling a bit over your head with all the various design and finish options, you may want to work with a kitchen designer on the project.
Now keep in mind that kitchen renovations can be time-consuming and expensive, so you will want to factor both of these into your timeline and budget.
Create Neutral Spaces in the Bathrooms
Bathrooms are almost as important as kitchens when it comes to renovations. People are willing to shell out quite a lot of money creating that perfect spa-like space. When you renovate a bathroom be sure to keep things comfortable, neutral, and serene. Save the bright and wild colours for your new place. Consider options such as a new modern vanity, a new toilet, and having your shower/bathtub resurfaced or covered so it looks clean and new.
Don’t Ignore the Yard
People can spend a whole lot of money on the interior of the home, but let’s face it, if the exterior isn’t welcoming, you’ll have a real hard time getting people in the front door. It’s always a good idea to clean up your yard, make sure everything is maintained and not overgrown, and to add features such as a deck or patio.
Invest in Your Home
The majority of renovation projects should really be looked at as an investment in your home. They will make the space more attractive, comfortable, and efficient.