April 15, 2019By Alex Romanov
There are many things to consider when selling your home in Tacoma and for many the idea of whether to sell my house as-is or to upgrade, can be a first step. What you don’t want is to spend unnecessarily on things that will not add value to your home and that will only waste valuable time and effort.
Read on to see which upgrades are worth while and which ones are not.
Painting is a good inexpensive way to upgrade your home and will have a big impact. By adding a fresh coat of paint, will bring your rooms back to life and will also help cover up any unwanted marks or nail holes on the walls.
Just try to keep the colour tones neutral. If you want to add a dash of colour, add them in places that will not be as permanent or that can be removed instantly, for example in your artwork, cushions, throw overs or rugs.
The two areas to focus on when upgrading your home is the kitchen and bathroom. That doesn’t mean you have to go all out, as there are more affordable ways to upgrade and to still make a big impact.
Start with replacing smaller items, such as drawer handles and faucets and move on to revamping your cabinets and resurfacing them.
You can do the same to give your bathroom a fresh look. Replace any broken tiles or re-tile using vinyl tiling, which can be used directly on top of flooring, that you already have. If you have any loose towel racks or toilet paper holders, make sure to re-tighten them. If your shower needs renovating, a cheaper way to go about it is to fit a pre-fab cover, instead of a complete shower overhaul. Lastly, do a deep clean and touch up on re-grouting, if a good cleaning doesn’t do the job.
There are many ways to give your home instant curb appeal to draw in potential buyers. Maintain the lawn, plant fresh flowers and trim back trees and bushes. Maybe, you can hang some hanging plants or bird feeders. You could also drop in some pretty rocks or plant succulents, which are low-maintenance and will keep spaces well maintained.
You will not benefit from finishing such a major project before selling. It will not only end up being a lengthy project without much return but what you also need to consider, is that most homebuyers would prefer to do the job themselves anyway, that way they can make the space their own. The best thing to do is to account for the unfinished space within you’re pricing.
Adding a pool can be costly and will not add a huge increase to the pricing of your home and could also be a major safety issue for potential buyers that have small children. Whilst it could be a welcome feature for some, it could also discourage others. Not everyone can be bothered with the idea of having to maintain a pool.
Adding a deck can also be an expensive addition that will again not give you much return. By leaving any open area spaces for the new homeowners to decide what they want to do with it, would be a better option. In the meantime, for less expense and to makeover the space, try utilising the spaces by adding pretty stones, plants or pavers.
Unless you have experienced some sort of water or fire damage, doing a complete overhaul would be a waste money. After all, spending more will not guarantee someone to buy my house but for many homeowners, a credit to the home price would be more beneficial, so that they can upgrade on their own terms.
In summary: Don’t over-improve… keep it simple!
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