You’ve finally made the decision-it’s time for a move! You’re excited to move to a new place and enjoy all of the fun, challenging experiences that come with moving.
Moving is exciting, but selling your home can be a bit challenging, especially if your home is a bit older and doesn’t have the bells and whistles of more modern homes. But did you know that a few renovation projects can help you sell your home quickly and without a lot of fuss?
Below are four easy, buyer-friendly renovation ideas that yield a high return on investment (ROI).
Make the Fireplace the Focal Point
When you show your home, you want to accentuate its focal points. When potential buyers walk into each room, you want their eyes to travel immediately to the part of the room that is most appealing and attractive. In your main living room area, that focal point should be a fireplace.
A fireplace immediately makes a room feel inviting and luxurious. Potential buyers won’t be able to help thinking about how pleasant that fireplace will be on cold winter nights. And because a fireplace has almost universal aesthetic appeal, most people will be immediately impressed by how attractive the fireplace and mantle make the room. Arrange the furniture and decorations so they emphasize the beauty of the fireplace.
If you don’t have a fireplace, consider installing one before you begin showing your home and trying to sell. A fireplace installation has a very high ROI and increases your chances of selling quickly.
Improve Your Landscaping
Trust us-curb appeal matters. The exterior of your home and its yard are the first things potential buyers will see when they arrive to view your home, and so make sure your landscaping sets your home apart.
One way to improve your landscaping is to install a fire pit in your backyard. Fire pits are fun sources of entertainment in nearly every season, and they help any backyard seem homey, inviting, and exciting. The fire pit will help potential buyers imagine pleasant summer evenings around the fire, roasting s’mores and enjoying the warm breeze. If potential buyers visit in the evening, light the pit so they can see for themselves the effect it creates.
You should also ensure that the plants in your yard are well kept and show off your home. Keep trees and bushes pruned and flowerbeds weeded, and don’t hesitate to plant a little when you’re getting ready to show your house. Fresh flowers, a green lawn, and a tidy yard can have a strong influence on whether a potential buyer makes an offer on your home.
Potential buyers these days want space-and lots of it. Luckily, adding a room to your home results in a very high ROI. In fact, Remodeling Magazine says that a bathroom addition returns about 86.4% of the renovation costs when you sell. Whether you add an enclosed patio to the back of your home or new apartment in your basement, you’re sure to increase your home’s value.
Even if you decide not to add a room or two to your home, create space by removing things from your closets and countertops and storing them somewhere else. A house with half-empty closets and minimal clutter feels much roomier than it actually is.
When you walk into a room, your body automatically reacts to the light that’s there-or isn’t. Potential home buyers will pay attention to the amount of light in your home, and they want to find plenty of it.
Create light in any way you can in each room that buyers will walk through. Remember, light is one of the primary features that potential home buyers are looking for. You may need to invest in some new windows or replace the windows you currently have so that more light streams into the room. The more natural light a home has, the more likely it is to sell quickly.
You should also consider replacing light fixtures inside your home or installing new ones. Natural light is important, but the overhead, artificial light throughout your home matters as well. Lamps and mirrors help to give even more light inside each room, but the main light fixture has the largest impact on the lighting.
You don’t have to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on renovations just to ensure that your home will sell. Instead, focus on these four projects. They will increase the value of your home and your chances of selling it quickly.
As you work on renovations, be sure to consult with professionals. For example, call your local fireplace expert today to discuss an interior fireplace or a backyard fire pit. Local specialists can help you complete the perfect home renovations before you put your house on the market.