If you’re thinking about putting your house on the market, in order to get as much money as you possibly can from the sale, it’s important that you make a few home repairs. But before you get out your toolbox or call a housing contractor over to do some renovations, we wanted to share with you a list of “upgrades” that you can make that will not require a ton of time or money but can still raise your property value.
Are you curious to know what some of those things are? If so, please keep reading.
Conduct an energy audit. Before you get started doing anything to your home, the first thing that we recommend is that you conduct an energy audit. It will help you to see where you may need to put down some new insulation, apply some caulking to a crack in one of your windowsills or doors and also if you have any plumbing leaks. As a matter of fact, you don’t even have to hire someone to do the audit for you. If you go to Energy.gov and put “DIY energy audit”, it will walk you through the steps required to do one on your own (which means doing one that is free of charge).
Paint your walls. No matter what kind of real estate agent that you consult with, one thing they will tell you to do is paint the interior of your home. It’s one of the easiest ways to make your house look new. Just remember that since you are trying to sell your home to someone else, it’s best to go with a white palate or some neutral colors. Also, in order to keep the paint fumes down, our vote is to use a low VOC brand of paint. It’s comparable in price and very eco-friendly.
Check your roof (and gutters). Something that a prospective buyer is definitely going to inquire about is the condition of your roof and gutters. So look to see if there are any broken or missing shingles if there is flashing that’s missing and if your gutters are not cleaned out. The better condition your roof is in, the more it will work to your advantage when showing your house.
Install a low-flow showerhead and toilet. As more people are becoming energy efficient, they tend to look for homes that have “green additions” that have been made to them. Two things that you can do that will not cost you more than $300 combined is to install a low-flow showerhead and toilet. It will save you gallons of water each year which will ultimately help to decrease your monthly water bills.
Check your floors. When people are in the market for Knoxville homes, New York homes or Seattle homes, one thing that they don’t want to see is dirty carpeting, chipped tile or scratched up hardwood flooring. That’s why one financial investment that is definitely worth paying for is having your carpet professionally cleaned, new tile put down and your hardwood floors sanded and refinished. For more information on how to upgrade the flooring your house, consult with a customer sales associate at a local home improvement store in your area.