When people begin thinking about selling their home in Kansas City, upgrades can be a first step many people take. However doing too much, or upgrading things that don’t provide much return can be a waste of time and money.
We have put together our list: of 3 upgrades to invest in and 3 to forget about.
3 Upgrades To Invest In:
A fresh coat of paint can easily brighten up and revive a room. Try to stick with neutral colors and add in pops of color elsewhere, such as throw pillows or artwork. Painting is a relatively low-cost upgrade that can have a big impact.
Plus a fresh coat of paint will cover and dings in the wall, nail holes, etc.
Do keep in mind, however, that it does need to be a professional job. That means you need to tape off trim and areas around the section you are painting and you need to cover your floors to protect them from spatter. The only thing that looks worse than a wall needing paint is a badly painted wall.
Do: A Kitchen & Bath Facelift
You might have heard that an upgraded kitchen and bathroom are two of the best areas to focus on when upgrading your home. However, you can do some smaller upgrades that will make a big impact without costing a fortune.
New faucets, drawer pulls and good cleaning your cabinets are affordable ways to revitalize the space. Some appliance manufacturers sell new and alternate colored faceplates.
If you have good quality cabinets, but they are the standard oak and honey oak of a few years ago, they can be painted or stained. We have done quite a bit of research on a gel stain from General Finished called Java Gel Stain that looks amazing and lets you keep the wood grain. Or if you want to go through all the steps, you can cover the wood grain and then paint them, there are lots of how tos on the internet.
You also want to make sure all the appliances match. You might try swapping out the front of your dishwasher to match the other appliances is a great way to save money and tie things together. We have even heard on TV that you can spray paint them, but not too sure about that idea.
You can take the same principles to give your bathroom a quick makeover. Do a deep cleaning of the grout, and re-grout if needed.
Fix any cracked tiles or broken hardware. (Wobbly towel racks, etc.) Another option to a complete shower renovation is to install a pre-fab cover. This is much cheaper than doing a whole shower overhaul.
Planting some flowers out front or covering dirt with a pretty, fast spreading ground cover will give your home instant curb appeal. If needed, have trees and bushes trimmed and keep the lawn mowed nicely.
Depending on your climate, you can plant succulents or lay down pretty rocks to keep the space well maintained, but low-maintenance.
Or just go easy . . . kill all the weeds and pull them out. Trim the bushes and trees. Then mulch the heck out of everything to give it a fresh look.
Maybe throw a fresh coat of paint on the mailbox or hang up a bird feeder and some hanging plants. Small touches and a well-groomed yard will draw anyone in.
And as we start to head into fall, a couple of pots of big mums and a few pumpkins can invite your home viewers right in.
3 To Forget About:
Don’t: Finish The Basement
This can turn into a major project that can be both expensive and time-consuming. The numbers show you won’t end up getting back anywhere close to what you put into it.
Overall, most homebuyers will want to fix up the space to their taste anyhow. Maybe they want an open game room, or to add a couple of extra bedrooms.
When pricing the home, account for the unfinished space and let buyers know that is reflected in your pricing.
Don’t: Add a Patio, Deck or Pool
Again, this can be very pricey, without much return. If you have an open area, use plants or pavers to tidy up and beautify the space. If the new homeowners want to build a deck, they can do so, but with their tastes and specifications in mind.
Adding a pool can cost a fortune, without providing a huge increase in what you will be able to ask for the home. In addition, a pool may actually deter buyers.
Prospective buyers with small children may worry about safety and many people may not want to worry about the hassle and upkeep of maintaining their own pool.
If you do already have any of these items. Take some time to make sure they are clean and in good repair.
Don’t: Do A Major Renovation to The Kitchen or Bathrooms
Don’t waste your money with a complete overhaul unless it is absolutely necessary due to water or fire damage. The cost does not make sense, especially when homebuyers will have their own tastes. Many homeowners would prefer a credit to the home price allowing them to upgrade on their terms.
In summary: Don’t over-improve… keep it simple!