If you’re thinking about selling your house, you’re probably wondering “What renovations can I do to add value to my home?”, and generally, the best answer is to do a kitchen or bathroom remodel. Almost always, it gets the best bang for your buck, especially if your current kitchen/bathroom hasn’t been renovated in a while. However, a great kitchen or bathroom won’t sell your house if the rooms are small and dark, or if the outside of your house is unattractive. We have 5 suggestions for things that you can do which may not add value in the same way as a kitchen or bathroom, but will help you sell your home for the price you want.
Add Open Space
If you have the money to add an addition to your home, great! Adding another bedroom or bathroom to your current floor plan will definitely increase the value of your home. If you’re ready for that kind of renovation, then think about what you can do with your current space to make it more open. Are there non-structural walls that can come down and create a better flow? Can the staircase be moved or opened up to let more light through?
One of the issues that many people face in the Newburyport area is that old Colonial and Victorian homes come with small rooms. Anything that can be done to create the feel of a larger space will go a long way with you, and with future buyers.
As we talk about adding more open space to your home, we’re also talking about adding light. Small, dark rooms are unappealing to buyers, and adding more open space will help to increase the amount of light in your home. Think about adding more windows or light fixtures to allow even more light into the rooms. People especially love natural light, so take advantage of the direction of the house and add windows or skylights that will allow great light in the morning or the afternoon.
Add Neutral Colors
One of the easiest things you can do which will go a long way with a buyer is to repaint rooms with neutral colors. Of course, if it’s easy for you, it would be easy for a buyer to do as well, but the less work they have to do upon moving in the more likely they’ll be to put in an offer. If you love color, add it in the decor of the room, but keep the walls in neutral shades of gray, tan and off-white. Those colors will make the rooms feel more airy and light.
Add Home Maintenance
If you don’t currently stay on top of your home maintenance, figuring out what needs to get done and getting that taken care of will put a buyer at ease about buying your house. Make sure the roof doesn’t leak, the furnace isn’t 30 years old, the basement doesn’t flood. These things are a headache to any homeowner (which is probably why you haven’t taken care of it yet), but they’re bound to come out in a home inspection. If all a buyer has to worry about is what color to paint the master bedroom, you’ll be in much better shape to get an offer.
Add Curb Appeal
First impressions are everything. Adding beautiful, simple landscaping will make a buyer excited to see the rest of the property. Take out any dead or unattractive bushes, plant some greenery that doesn’t require much maintenance, and throw in a pop of color. A little goes a long way!