At Carolina Home Remodeling, we encourage homeowners to get the most out of your home not only while you’re living in it, but also when you decide to sell it. Here are a few things from our home improvement experts that you can do to increase your home’s resale price and appeal to potential buyers:
Transform Your Basement
By finishing your basement, you can not only increase the total square footage of living space in your home, but you can also create a place to relax, entertain, or even sleep – any and all of which are attractive to potential buyers. Finishing your basement with carpet, walls, furniture, a television, and more is the best way to go, but if you don’t want to fully finish it, try partially finishing it by building a small bar and adding in a pool table or by turning it into a play room.
Upgrade the Kitchen
When buyers are looking for a home, many will consider the kitchen one of the most important rooms in the house (which means they’ll pay close attention to what yours has to offer). By upgrading your flooring, cabinets, and/or appliances, you can give them a kitchen that catches their eye and sticks in their memory long after they’ve left.
Add a Bathroom
Next to the kitchen, many buyers look at bathrooms (commonly the number of bathrooms available) as an influence in their decision-making. If possible, add an extra bathroom in a practical place to increase your home’s value and appeal. A half-bath can add around 10% to your home’s value while a full bath can add around 20%.
Practice Curb Appeal
Whether you’re simply entertaining friends and family or you’re trying to sell your home, paying attention to the outside and the image it projects is important. Increase your curb appeal by planting some flowers, trimming overhanging bushes or branches, mowing your lawn, and creating an inviting path from your driveway. Once your guests reach your entry door, you’ll want to make sure that area is appealing as well.
Update Major Systems
Next to the actual age of the house, a big concern for home buyers is that its major systems (such as include heating, plumbing, and electrical) are in good shape. Before you put your house up for sale, have a professional inspect each of these systems and ensure that they are running correctly. If needed, make some repairs or replacements to give both you and your potential buyers assurance and peace of mind.
Energy efficiency has been a major movement in the last several years, and by “going green,” you can give yourself and your home an advantage. Consider upgrading kitchen appliances like your refrigerator, dishwasher, and/or stove to models that are built for energy efficiency. You can also consider an energy efficient window replacement to keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.