If you want to sell your older home and it's in need of repairs or updating, you may wonder what is worth investing in so you don't waste money on unnecessary work. A lot depends on the current state of the market in your area and whether homes are selling quickly to desperate buyers. Still, in addition to selling your home quickly, you want to get the best price. Here are some upgrades that are worth considering.
Make Cosmetic Improvements
The first step is to discuss your situation with a real estate agent familiar with homes for sale in your neighborhood. Depending on the condition of your home, you may want to forget about making any repairs at all and just sell it to a flipper or someone willing to do extensive repairs. However, by not prepping your home in any way, you'll probably eliminate potential buyers looking for an affordable home who are willing to live in a home that needs repairs.
The middle ground is to simply do a cosmetic makeover of your home and forget about more expensive renovations. A cosmetic makeover makes your home as appealing as possible so it attracts buyers looking for an affordable home and you won't waste a lot of money in case a flipper buys your house and undoes all your work. Cosmetic work includes things such as decluttering the house and yard, painting your home, repairing ripped window screens, trimming the yard, and repairing drippy faucets.
Update The Kitchen And Bath
Buyers can often overlook minor problems with your home if the kitchen and bath have been updated. If a flipper buys your home, modernizing the bath and kitchen is among the top proprieties in reselling the home for profit. If your home is in fairly good shape, you may want to invest the money in updating the home yourself so you can get a higher asking price. You'll want to be sure you can get back your expenses and make a profit too. You might want to buy new appliances, put in granite countertops, open up a wall in the kitchen so it is larger, and put new faucets in the bathroom along with modern tile.
Invest In Landscaping
Don't overlook the importance of having a beautiful and tidy yard. Your yard makes a very important impression on buyers. It can make the difference between drawing buyers in and overlooking imperfections in the house or driving buyers away. You may want to have sod put in along with some attractive plants, borders, walkways, and landscape lighting. Be sure the area around your front entry door is especially tidy and attractive so it impresses potential buyers.
If you know several months in advance that you will sell your home, you can make these upgrades gradually so they don't strain your budget. If you need to sell your home in a hurry, you should decide if you want to focus on selling to a flipper or a buyer who wants to live in your home. Use the experience and knowledge of your real estate agent to decide on where spending your money will get the best results before you begin any upgrades. Contact an agency, like RE/MAX Associates San Antonio, for more help.