Are you thinking about selling a home in Houston, Manvel, or Pearland? If you are, there are a few things you can do to give your home an edge in these competitive markets. There is a wealth of home upgrades that add value to your home without costing you a fortune. Of course, you have the option to sell your home "as-is", but if you're feeling ambitious and wanting to get the best possible price for your property, consider bringing your house to the next level. These simple upgrades can not only impact the price your property sells for, they can also help your home sell faster. This is especially important since homes that sit on the market too long can lose buyer interest. If your budget is limited, worry not — there are profitable home improvements ranging from quick and affordable to elaborate and expensive. Budget wisely and you could have buyers knocking down your door! Ready to start? Here are The Sam Team's top 6 recommendations for getting your home sale-ready.
1. Fix Up The Exterior & Landscaping
First impressions matter, so entice buyers right off the bat with a beautiful home exterior. If you're willing to replace your facade with new siding, this is an excellent choice. Remodeling Magazine ranks vinyl siding replacements and fiber-cement siding replacements as some of the best home improvement undertakings when it comes to return on investment. Foam-backed vinyl siding is even more advantageous, as it has the added benefit of extra insulation. Generally costing less than $15,000, this is a great way to brighten up your home's exterior. Adding stone veneer to the exterior is also a great way to add vogueish style. On average, homeowners who install a band of manufactured stone veneer to their home's facade recoup approximately 90% of the total expenditure.
If a full-out siding replacement project is out of your budget, consider a fresh coat of paint. At the very least, a power wash, combined with a complete gutter cleaning should be on the books. Clean any outdoor lighting such as coach lights and address any weather-related damage. Also remember to keep an eye out for mold streaks or mildew on your home's exterior. While not pleasant to deal with, these moisture-related fungi are common in warm, humid climates such as Houston's.
Ensure all gardens are well-manicured, lawns are green and trimmed, and trees are pruned. If you have an outdoor living space, make sure it is clean and well-organized. There's no need to spend large sums of money on outdoor landscaping, but everything should look neat and tidy.
2. Paint Inside & Think Neutral
Not only is painting your interior easy — if you get friends and family involved, it can even be fun. "Greige" is 2017's interior "it" color. It may sound boring at first, but creates a beautiful, calming interior look. Plus, preparing for a home sale is no time to experiment with fun and funky colors. Time and time again, neutral is what appeals to the widest range of buyers and is what allows them to see the home as a fresh slate which they can make their own.
3. Install Loose-Fill Insulation In Your Attic
Does your home have an attic? If so, you'll want to consider adding more fiberglass insulation. This simple home improvement won't enhance the style or aesthetic of your home, and yet it's the one project that has been shown to return a higher value than its cost in 2017's Cost vs. Value report by Hanley Wood. A professional remodeler would need to install the fiberglass loose fill insulation. If you already have this type of insulation in your attic, it should be supplemented until the thickness equals R-30 in thermal resistance value.
If you decide to undertake this project, make sure to either hire a professional or only attempt the installation with proper eye, skin, and head protection. In addition, you should wear a dust mask or respirator to avoid possible respiratory issues.
4. Upgrade The Kitchen & Bathroom
If you have an older home and can't afford to renovate the entire house, focus your remodeling efforts on these two critical rooms. Outdated bathrooms should be updated; primarily the toilet, sink, and tub. To save on costs, simply refinish and restore the existing bathroom appliances rather than buying new ones. In the kitchen, choose materials wisely. Quartz, marble, and granite countertops can be steep in price, but that doesn't mean you have to forgo stylish counter upgrades altogether. Materials such as tile, glass, Corian, and composite or recycled counters can be just as beautiful and are generally more affordable. The same goes for kitchen flooring: hardwood floors are not the be-all-end-all of the flooring world. Laminate floors are cheaper and are available in a range of styles to imitate everything from wood to slate. They can often look stylish and modern all on their own.
When it comes to kitchen appliances, energy-efficient is the best. Upgrading your appliances can be expensive, but energy saving units will help buyers save money in the long run. This in turn will increase the appeal of your home and prevent you from losing prospective buyers who don't want to inherit hefty energy bills.
5. Address Energy Costs
Soaring energy costs can be a big roadblock for home buyers. It's possible that interested buyers will ask for the energy bill or ask to conduct an energy audit of the home before committing to the property. Prepare for this in advance by improving the home's efficiency before putting it on the market. Here are a few ways to do so:
- Apply weatherstripping to doors and windows
- Repair or replace old heating and cooling systems
- Conduct a thermographic inspection to identify leaks or areas with inadequate insulation
- Have a blower door test conducted to determine if air leakages in the home's shell are impacting energy consumption
- Seal air leaks with caulk
- Consider installing double glazed windows
- Update to Energy Star® kitchen appliances, HVAC equipment, and lighting
6. Replace Your Front Door
A steel door replacement is one of your best bets for increasing home value. Fiberglass and wood are generally more expensive than steel, and less of the cost is recouped. A new door will add to your home's aesthetic appeal while improving its safety and security. Steel doors showcase excellent weather resistance, thermal performance, product longevity, and are excellent choices for homeowners looking to improve their property on a budget.
Contact The Sam Team for advice on successfully selling your Pearland or Manvel home! Speak to one of our expert agents at 832-200-5656