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Best vs Worst Home Upgrades for R.O.I.

Katherine Barnett, Broker

Hello and welcome! Thank you so much for exploring these pages of my website...

Hello and welcome! Thank you so much for exploring these pages of my website...

Sep 12 4 minutes read

Ready for Primetime

Dress for success! A common saying that shouldn't be limited to only people. How can we make those upgrades to make our home sale a successful one? This is a  question that most of my sellers ask right off the bat.  That is why I wrote this blog that goes over the worth-it/forget-it  upgrades for R.O.I. the sellers need to know before they sell their home so you can avoid that wasting cash on things.


Worth-It đź‘Ť


Front Door

Curb appeal importance is your home's first impression. After all, people judge a book by its cover! Getting a modest new front door that matches the home's overall character is where you want to go here. (You clearly don't want to have to change several other parts on the exterior of the house just to match the new front door!)

Be aware that a major facelift of the entire front porch is going to break the bank here!

Kitchen & Bathroom

Modest one!  Picking out the latest Stainless steel appliances or Smart Fridge will not get you 100 cents on the dollar.  We are talking about ROI here. Do a minor remodel when your kitchen needs a cosmetic update and not a drastically different floor plan.

Fresh Coat of Paint (Inside and Out!)

Let's think from beginning for a second. When your house is advertised online via social media etc. you need to attract the most number of people which would drive up the demand for the property. The quick to judge consumer wants a hassle free, move-in ready experience when moving into a new house. Fresh paint looks very appealing and is one less thing for the new homeowner to take care of. It is also cost effective!

Repair Outdoor Space

A power wash to any outdoor space is worth its weight in gold. From there, may sure to pull some weeds, fill up holes, cracks. Also, replacing broken bricks or sealing cracks is your finishing touch.  This one requires a bit of sweat equity!

Forget-It đźš«

Wall to Wall Carpeting 

Averaging roughly $4.50 per square foot wall-to-wall carpeting isn't a cheaper solution for someone who wants to make their home pop for their 1st open house. The budget-conscious solution is to hire a professional cleaner to steam-clean the carpets to give it that new look at a fraction of the cost to replace it!

Customizing Too Much

There is a reason they call it customizing! It meets the specific taste of a specific few. What’s more, the price tag reflects that it was made uniquely for you. If we have ROI in mind, this is one area to steer clear of.

đź’ˇPro-Tip: Think functionality here. Will that handcrafted bookshelves appeal to 90% prospective homebuyers? Play Devil's Advocate here when asking what "you" like vs. what most people "need" in a home.

Fancy Upgrades 

Ever go into a boutique clothing store and get sticker shock when looking at those "trendy" pants? When someone buys your house, they buy everything that's in it! They can't simply pass on one thing like you could in a store. So better not install that pricey living room aquarium!

Swimming Pool 

This may take the cake as the most "don't even think about it" upgrade you can make when exploring your choices of different ways to spruce up your home for the selling season. According to a survey done by HouseLogic, a home’s value would increase no more than 7% after installing an in-ground pool.  YIKES!

Overall, selling your home should be a straightforward and easy process. For more advice on how to make the most money from selling your home, or to get an accurate current value of your home, get in touch with us today

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