If we had a magic wand, every seller wants top dollar for their home in the time period they desire and the least amount of inconvenience. The other part of that formula would include minimum monies toward improvements. That’s all a fantasy in today’s economy. Buyers have spoken and demand properties that require little or no modifications. If renovations are needed, the price should be indicative of the condition. What upgrades offer the owner the best bang for the buck.
Kitchen Remodel: The difference maker in the kitchen starts with the counters and granite is now in vogue and preferred by most families and builders. Corian is slightly more expensive and durable, but for resale purposes, granite is the choice. Old tired cabinets can be brought back to life without replacing them. For less than $100, you can pickup a refinishing kit and have sparkling new cabinets in a short period of time. The money saved on the cabinets can be spent on new appliances. A kitchen remodel is the best cost to value improvement a family can invest.
Carpet And Paint: A coat of paint does wonders for a home. A professional will charge about $5000 for interior and exterior paint on a standard sized property. If you have the time and patience, you can achieve the same results for the cost of the paint. A clean carpet will compliment the new paint. If the carpet can be salvaged, make sure the carpet cleaner uses an extractor that completely removes dirt and grime. Should you choose to replace the carpet, purchase good quality with a neutral color.
Update The Bathroom: Money is tight, so stay with the basics in the bathroom. Switch the toilet, sink and install new flooring. Replacing old caulk and grout is very affordable and highly recommended, especially when compared to other bathroom upgrades. Having new grout between tiles and caulk around fixtures is a pleasant eye catcher. A bathroom touch up is second only to the kitchen in terms of monetary value.
Yard Maintenance: A spruced front yard is part of the curb appeal. Trim hedges and mow the lawn for starters. Keep the yard green and clean. The same detailed approach should be used in the backyard. Planting easy to maintain flowers will add contrasting color to the luscious green lawn. Some families will not have the resources or the time to finish all of these alterations before selling their home. For those that do, the benefit far outweighs the endeavor. Please visit my website www.JohnnyBrooksHomes.com for helpful tips on buying or selling a home, scan my informative blogs, join me professionally on LinkedIn or Twitter and easy access to view local area homes for sale in Davis, California or the surrounding communities.