Whether you're improving your home for your own interests, or you're beginning the long process of getting ready to sell, selecting which upgrades to make can be a tough choice. You don't want to spend too much, but you don't want to spend too little either. You're excited to see the possibilities of your finished product, but you're worried buyers won't see the value of an ultra-elaborate investment. Granted, there's no way to guarantee that your renovations will secure you a better price for your property, but if your home is in need of some TLC, there are a few enhancements with which you're more likely to see a return on your investment. Even if you don't profit off your remodeling work, upgrades can certainly give your home an edge on the market. Before you even think about deep cleaning and staging, here are 4 ways to help you set your home apart.
Focus On The Exterior
The exterior is the "first impression" of your home for all buyers — and first impressions are always the most important. If you're in for a major undertaking, new siding such as the addition of upgraded vinyl or manufactured stone veneer tend to see excellent cost performance. A new door — in particular a steel door replacement — can be a smart investment and can make your entire home seem more appealing to buyers. Freshly painted trim or shutters, tailored landscaping, and a new garage door are all jobs that can transform your property.
When you head inside, it might seem as though your first step should be to make a major change. Perhaps the refrigerator, you think. Or maybe you head straight for the countertops, assessing their scratches and considering replacing them with quartz or granite. But don't get too carried away. Simply updating hardware — cabinet handles, doorknobs, locks, hinges, and door stoppers — can make a home seem more expensive and up-to-date. Likewise, dated or tarnished hardware can make a relatively newer space look shabby. Such a high-impact item should be addressed first; opt for sleek new hardware and you'll find your home sparkling with a fresh modernity.
Like wallpaper, carpeting has become less sought-after over the years. Buyers will often associate it with dust, debris, and outmoded styles. If you're willing to replace your carpet, your options are quite varied. High-budget renovations would favor the gold standard: hardwood flooring. But, if you're not in the market for something so swish, you could opt for wood-finish laminate (which these days can be quite convincing), a modern vinyl, or even low-pile carpet which is easier to clean, minimalistic, and much more style-savvy than its high-pile counterpart.
Address The Kitchen And Bathroom
If you're ready to update your home's interior but you're not sure where to start, the kitchen and bathroom are your best bets. That being said, don't head for a full-out overhaul of either of these rooms if cost effectiveness is important to you. Instead, choose select items to update; appliances, faucets, and so on. If your tub is starting to look a little worn out, no need to pitch in for a replacement; instead, try simply re-finishing it. Budget-friendly corrections such as this are often all you need.
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