Selling your house can be a complicated and frustrating process. Are you going to get the price your home is worth? How do you make sure that your house’s resale value doesn’t drop after years of living there? One way you increase the resale value of your house is by updating features and adding certain elements that can contribute to the value and appeal of your home. It’s important to choose projects that will give you the highest return on your investment, especially if you’re thinking about selling your house. The hardest part is knowing which home improvements actually increase the resale value of your home and which ones are a waste of time or money. If you are planning on putting your house on the market you should start scheduling any renovations you intend to make. Learn our fourth secret to boost your home’s value below.
4: Keep It Simple and Stress-Free
Stain-prone stone countertops, grime-collecting ornate cabinets, and dust-catching wall-to-wall carpet used to be symbols of luxury, but today’s homebuyers are more likely to equate them with extra work. “We call it stress-free living,” says Miguel Berger, president of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Tech Valley in Albany, N.Y. “The younger generation in particular would much rather spend their time entertaining at home than fussing over it.” It’s safe to assume boomers feel the same.
Beyond a home’s cosmetic finishes, it’s important to keep the major mechanical systems in working order. Many first-time buyers will have used up much of their savings on the down payment, so they want to know that the heating system, plumbing, and electricity have been recently updated. Central air conditioning is also in demand because it eliminates the need to switch window units in and out. HomeAdvisor puts the average cost nationwide at just more than $5,000.
Updated systems. In addition to including the age of the system, it helps if you can also point to its reliability. For example, Consumer Reports surveys have found American Standard and Trane to be among the least repair-prone manufacturers of gas furnaces.
New roof. This will help assuage fears of water damage, ice dams, squirrel infestation, and other home disasters that can result from an old, shoddy roof. For a typical 2,300-square-foot house, you might be able to put on a new asphalt shingle roof for as little as $6,000.
Hardwood floors. More carpets are being replaced with long-wearing hardwood flooring with a durable factory finish. Engineered wood flooring, which uses a thin veneer of real wood or bamboo over structural plywood, tends not to wear as well as the solid stuff, though it has the same look and tends to cost less, making it a good choice if you plan to sell soon.
Potential bump: 3 to 5 percent
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