We can say with certainty that 2020 was a year to remember, and not fondly. With the pandemic marking basically every month with feelings of fear and uncertainty, it makes sense why a lot of people might have held off on their home selling and home buying plans. This year, however, holds a lot more hope for several reasons! If you were planning on selling your home last year but decided to hold off, now might be a good time to consider jumping back into your plans. Before doing so, we highly suggest getting a head start on any home improvement projects that will help move the sale along without issue. Here are some suggestions.
Make Curb Appeal a Priority
The first impression people are going to have on your home is going to be based on what they first see. Make sure the exterior of your house stands out. Start by removing any clutter and unnecessary decorations and then move on to cleaning it and possibly repainting anything that’s looking chipped or still dirty—hint: power washing is your friend. Since it’s winter, and plants aren’t going to thrive in the northern region of the country, be smart with any gardening or landscaping. Evergreens and mulching can go a long way.
Paint the Interior Something Neutral
One of the most basic home improvement projects to consider before selling is to repaint the interior of your home. A lot of the bolder, darker colors that used to be fashionable are now out of style. Most home buyers are going to be attracted to neutral colors that are easier to match with their taste in decorating. One color that’s been increasingly popular is gray, but you can also opt for a shade of white.
Opt for a Minor Kitchen Remodel
Kitchens, especially as of late, are an extremely important room in the house and should not be looked over. Because of how expensive remodels can be, we suggest starting on the lower end. Stainless steel appliances are a great start and come with an especially high return on investment. Some of these appliances include refrigerators, dishwashers, microwaves, and stoves. Not only do these have a nice clean look, they’re also durable! In addition, you can also update the countertops and cabinets if they’re looking outdated.
Spruce up any Outdoor Living Spaces
According to insights from top agents, comfortable outdoor living spaces are a major need for homebuyers nowadays. Likely stemming from the stay-at-home orders put in place, it makes sense to see people on the lookout for ways to get out of their homes without having to go into public spaces. Two ideas that will surely make your home more valuable are decks and patios. Depending on your yard situation, both serve as excellent options to give people the space and comfort needed to enjoy some time outdoors.