If you’ve recently decided to put your Fort Collins, CO home in the market, it’s likely you are receiving a lot of contradictory advice regarding home improvements. On one side, a nice, newly-refurbished property will attract more buyers. However, home remodeling has a tendency to go over budget, and you want to ensure anything you spend is well-invested.
As with many other aspects of life, the key is to choose your projects wisely.
Improving The Things That Matter
For homes that are going to be sold soon, the key is to make visible but easy improvements. The best places to start are:
1. A fresh coat of paint. Relatively low-budget and quick, this will make any house look 10 years younger.
2. Basic landscaping. While a new Japanese water garden is not necessary, making sure the front yard turf is well-trimmed and the garden is full of seasonal flowers will improve the home’s curb appeal.
3. Cabinets and closets. As long as you stay away from luxury woods and custom sizes, improving a home’s storage space doesn’t have to be expensive. However, it’s one of the first things prospective buyers will look for.
4. Changing or maintaining the roof. Although only worth it for homes over 20 years old, a new roof can be an excellent bargaining chip for home sellers.
No matter what you choose to improve, always keep your mind on the end goal: to make the home appear more appealing to the general public, not to yourself.