The economy has created a buyer’s market for those looking to purchase homes. As a result, people can afford to be a lot pickier about certain details that
they’re looking for. If you spend any time watching home improvement shows, you’ll notice a trend in the kinds of features that buyers expect to see for the amount of money they’re spending. If you’re thinking about putting your house on the market, take a look at some of these areas – as they can sometimes make or break a deal. Some of these can even be updated quickly and inexpensively!
Bathrooms are one of the main things that potential home buyers are interested in. It’s not just the number of bathrooms you have, people are paying attention to what they look like. Obsolete bathroom furnishings will instantly “date” your home, making the room look less appealing. Updating faucets, lighting fixtures, and even the tile will quickly bring your bathroom up to date.
Kitchen Counters and AppliancesIf your home has granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances, you can consider yourself lucky – according to many experts, these two features are the most requested in real estate. In some cases, home buyers consider these accents necessary aspects of a modern, functioning kitchen. But these aren’t the only materials that will improve the value of your home. Take a walk through your local home improvement store and you’ll be surprised at how many textures are available that match your home’s character. The goal is to make your kitchen look warm, relatively neutral, and most importantly – modern.
You know the saying – first impressions are lasting impressions. Even if all the improvements in your house are phenomenal, you will still need to entice potential buyers to actually enter the premises. If your curb appeal is lacking, you may never get them through your front door. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to create a fantasy landscape, but your shrubbery should not be overgrown. Keep debris and supplies out of sight and at the very least, the entrance should appear manicured and well-cared for. Once you’ve given your yard a thorough grooming, then you can focus on adding a few simple touches to enhance the look.
Extra Closet SpaceI don’t think I’ve ever heard someone say that they have “too much” closet space. Surprisingly, sometimes even the biggest and “nicest” of homes don’t offer residents enough closet space. Master bedroom closets are almost always the first to be inspected by potential homeowners. If your closet is lacking a little breathing room, you might want to consider investing in creating some bigger storage dimensions. If a complete rebuild isn’t possible, you might want to consider refurbishing storage space in another area of the house.
Livable Basement Area(s)
In a time when people are looking to cut corners and save money, homeowners are now looking to their basements as viable living quarters instead of storage space. If you have a finished basement, you may have a a proverbial goldmine on your hands. Homeowners love the idea of having a separate area to comfortably house in-laws, older children, or sometimes even renters. Suffice it to say, finishing your basement and providing some additional functionality to your house will boost its value tremendously.