How to Renovate Your Home in Preparation for Selling It

How to Renovate Your Home in Preparation for Selling It
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    We renovate our homes for many reasons: to provide comfort to ourselves and our families, to improve its aesthetic appearance, and into improve its value.

    This latter point is especially important if you are thinking of selling your home.

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Although you may not want to put money into a home you won’t be living in anymore, renovating your home can help you earn more money for it on the market.

It is important that your home looks its best before it goes on the market. This is because buyers are more likely to make offers on new homes for sale that have been cared for and have the amenities that they want and need.

Let’s look at renovation projects that you might want to engage in prior to listing your home for sale.

Upgrade the Kitchen

First, look into upgrading your kitchen. Replacing traditional light bulbs in favor of LED bulbs can give your kitchen a modern feel without having to spend a lot of money. Adding a skylight can also make the space feel more cheerful and inviting.

You may also want to consider putting in new appliances, replacing the floors or adding additional storage space. All of these additions can improve your kitchen space.

Upgrade the Bathroom

Replacing the current tub, toilet, or sink can help make your bathroom look clean and ready for a new owner. You may also want to consider adding heated floors, a heated toilet or other items that can make the space more comfortable. Putting mirrors on the wall can make a bathroom look larger than it really is.

Finish the Basement or Attic

It isn’t uncommon for new homes for sale to have finished attic or basement spaces. A finished basement can be used as a rental unit or a place for friends and family members to gather for the big game or a holiday feast.

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A finished attic can double as a playroom for the kids or as a place for remote workers to meet with clients. In most cases, you can count a finished basement or attic as living space, which can help to increase the value of your home.

Open Up the Floor Plan

These days, buyers tend to be more interested in open floor plans as opposed to homes that have defined spaces. This is because an open floor plan allows a person to feel more connected to others in the home regardless of where they are. For instance, a parent who is cooking dinner in the kitchen is less likely to feel left out of a conversation going on in the living room.

Ideally, your home will sell within hours or days of being listed for sale. If it doesn’t, buyers may think that there is something wrong with the property, and this could make it harder to receive an offer at or close to your asking price. By taking time to upgrade and prepare your house for sale, you increase the odds that it will be sold fast.

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