Sell Your Home Faster

Home improvements that help sell your home faster and for more money

Home improvements to sell your home faster(BPT) – The real estate market is heating up, and if you’re planning to sell your home in the future, you want it to sell quickly and for as high of a price as possible. By taking proactive action now, you can make a few strategic home improvements that can help you achieve both your goals.

To boost your home sale and reduce time on the market, consider these top home improvement ideas to catch buyers’ eyes.

Garage door: When potential buyers visit your property, you want to make the best first impression before they even come inside. That’s why it’s wise to replace your garage door. It takes up a significant amount of exterior visual real estate and helps define the home’s aesthetic. What’s more, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2018 Cost vs. Value report, a garage door replacement recoups an astonishing 98.3 percent of cost upon resale.

Bathroom addition: More bathrooms typically mean you can charge more for your home. Think you’re limited based on existing construction? Think again. With Saniflo, you can add a complete bathroom where no drainage existed before thanks to above-floor plumbing features like a macerating toilet and drain pumps. The Saniaccess3 is a smart choice for full baths, and the Saniaccess2 is ideal for powder rooms.

Kitchen upgrade: A complete kitchen remodel is costly, but a few smart upgrades can make the heart of the home shine. Consider replacing worn laminate countertops and updating hardware for a fresh look. For extra ‘wow factor,’ add an island and use Saniflo Sanivite technology to add a sink to the space for additional functionality. Learn more at go.saniflo.com.

Fresh flooring: You don’t have to replace all your flooring, but focal areas like the kitchen or family room, as well as areas that tend to experience higher wear, such as the entryway, can benefit from a new floor. Forget expensive tile or hardwood replacements. Vinyl wood flooring looks incredibly similar to real wood, and modern luxury vinyl tile mimics the gorgeous look of stone or ceramic tile but is more durable and affordable. You may be able to simply add new flooring on top of old, making it a much easier DIY project.

Neutral paint: Don’t ever underestimate the value of a fresh coat of paint throughout your home. Walls get dingy and colors get dated. Repaint rooms with modern, neutral tones. As much as you love plum, buyers may not, so stick with whites, creams and grays whenever possible. Visit your local paint store and you’ll see there are many neutral options to add excitement to interior spaces. Don’t forget the ceiling, too! A fresh coat of white can do wonders.

These five projects will enhance your listing so you get more attention and book more showings. You may even start a bidding war with enough interest, and that can really drive up the price. Take action now and these home improvement efforts are sure to make an impact when you sell your home.

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Peter V.
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Peter V.

This is a very timely article. We’re planning on selling our home and moving into a retirement community. Good tips, many thanks.

Gust Lenglet
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Thanks Peter. Glad we could help and hope that you enjoy your stay at the retirement community.

Nora W.
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Nora W.

I saw a similar listing of things to do by on a real estate site and they pretty much covered what you have. I didn’t think about the garage door and now can see why. Good article.

Gust Lenglet
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Hi Nora. Yes, sometimes the unusual items that we don’t think about can be a big selling point.

Ezra H.
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Ezra H.

Before you put up your home for sale, the most important thing is the exterior starting with the front yard and then to the house. If a buyer is turned off by a bad exterior, you’ll have a hard time selling to him.

Gust Lenglet
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Hi Ezra. You’re absolutely correct. As one person put it, you only get one chance to make a first impression & it needs to be a good one.

Ellie P.
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Ellie P.

These are very useful tips on getting a home ready for sale and also to increase the value and selling price. We had some friends visit our home to tell us what they would look for if they were buying. They started from the curb and then inside. We got a lot of valuable tips.

Gust Lenglet
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Hi Ellie. You did a smart thing there. Having friends give you all of those tips makes a lot of sense.

Andy Kearns
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Allan J.

Improving curb appeal can be inexpensive and putting neutral colors on all interior walls can sell a home fast. You only get one chance to make a good first impression.

Gust Lenglet
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Thanks for your comment Allan. Usually it doesn’t take much expense to improve the curb appeal and that alone can determine if the buyer will make an offer.

Frederick E.
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Frederick E.

Something as simple as replacing shower heads, bathroom and kitchen fixtures, and other minor and inexpensive items, can give the impression of a well maintained property.

Gust Lenglet
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Hi Frederick. You’re correct, replacing those items does give a positive impression and can go a long way.

Marcus D.
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Marcus D.

My wife and I sold our last home just by painting the interior rooms with a light beige color and doing a major cleaning and tidying up. We couldn’t afford to do any renovations like kitchen and bathroom.

Gust Lenglet
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Hi Marcus. Yes, you don’t always have to go with an expensive staging as long as the home is well maintained and organized.

Carly G.
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Carly G.

I think a lot depends on the location of the home you’re trying to sell and your target buyer. Some buyers want a move-in-ready home and some others will take one that maybe needs some minor work. Yuppies like energy saving and solar panels, while an upmarket buyer wants everything perfect.

Gust Lenglet
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Hi Carly. The location is very important. Keep it maintained and updated with what the neighborhood will support. The last thing you want to do is to have a million dollar home in a neighborhood where the home prices are in the $100,000 to $200,000 range.

Angela H.
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Angela H.

I agree with you, updating items like furnace, roof, or air conditioning will draw buyers in. A knowledgeable buyer won’t buy if he will need to replace a major item in a year or so. Good article.

Gust Lenglet
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Thanks for your comment Angela. You’re correct. Most buyers have a home inspector go through to point out these issues.

Aaron L.
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Aaron L.

Thanks for some great information. My wife and I plan to be moving next year and we’re going to upgrade both bathrooms now that should increase our selling price.

Gust Lenglet
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Hi Aaron. Upgrading the bathrooms now will probably reduce a lot of stress if you had to do them at listing time.

Rebecca M.
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Rebecca M.

Thanks for the good advice. In our neighborhood, ripping up the carpeting and refinishing the hardwood floors underneath is an easy way to increase the value.

Gust Lenglet
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Thanks for your comment Rebecca. Having hardwood floors already installed under the carpeting is very fortunate and makes for an easy upgrade. One of the homes that I sold had the same thing and it was easy to do.

Victoria G.
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Victoria G.

We have a friend in our area that went to the extreme. They upgraded the entire home so much that buyers in our market couldn’t afford the home and other prices wouldn’t support it. It’s been for sale now for over a year and no offers.

Gust Lenglet
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Hi Victoria. Yes, unfortunately, some homeowners improve the value of their home far beyond what the neighborhood prices are and can’t get their money back out. Some stay on the market for a long time and eventually the asking price is reduced and reduced.