According to a recent survey conducted by Zillow, these are the top 5 upgrades that can give you a better price on your home, at a fraction of the cost of a complete remodel:
Curb appeal – A well-watered and maintained lawn, coupled with a clean driveway and nice walkway to your home are not only pleasing to look at, but can also mean the difference between a low ball offer, and one that exceeds your expectations.
Staging – Arranging your furniture, and giving the home a better flow, along with helping your potential buyer paint a better picture in their mind of themselves living there, can help them make a more well thought out decision. It also helps ease any potential concerns that may crop up during escrow.
Small home improvements – Nobody likes to walk through a home and notice a leaky drain, or stained floors. Walk through your home the week before it is listed and note anything that may be glaring before it becomes a bigger issue. Also take buyer feedback into account. Set up weekly meetings with your listing agent to gauge responses from potential buyers who saw the home, but didn’t make an offer. It is important to not take negative feedback personally, look at it as constructive criticism.
Decluttering – That pile of dirty clothes, and sink with a few dirty dishes may not seem like much, but accumulated, they can seem like eyesores that will turn off buyers, and may extend the time your home is on the market. Remember, perception is reality.
Granite countertops and stainless steel appliances – Although it may seem expensive in the short term, an upgraded kitchen is a major plus in the eyes of homebuyers.