When you put your house on the market, you'll likely have a hard time finding a buyer if your home is out-of-date, dilapidated or dirty. It's not uncommon for sellers to remodel for resale. This type of remodel has less to do with personal taste than a typical remodel, and is designed to make your home more attractive in the market.
When you remodel to resell, you primarily consider the return on your investment. Your realtor will likely give you some personalized recommendations based on your budget. If not, consider the following updates:
1. Kitchen Updates
The kitchen is a huge selling point for many home buyers. When planning a kitchen remodel, make design decisions based on what is currently popular in your market. Prioritize fixtures, design enhancements and equipment updates based on budget. Marble countertops are popular, but sellers have many attractive options.
2. Add Curb Appeal
Your front yard and entry way is the first thing people see when they your home. Add plants, make sure the lawn is in good shape, and make sure your entry way is painted and attractive. If a potential buyer finds problems, they may ask for a discount for upgrades. You're smart to pressure wash and take care of paint touch-ups to avoid having a buyer ask for huge discounts to repaint.
Bathroom can be a huge differentiator in a home, especially for people with big families. Modernizing a bathroom can set you apart from other homes on the market, and it is typically money well-spent.
4. Main Details
Changing the carpeting or hardwood flooring, refinishing any stained or worn hardwood floors, painting the walls, painting the exterior of the home and repairing any broken windows and door frames are all big details that buyers will catch. These less-expensive changes make an older home look fresh.