With the help of HomeGain and Realtor.org we bring to you the Top 6 “Worth-The-Price” Home Improvements as selected by HomeGain’s survey of nearly 600 real estate professionals.
For Sellers, following these 6 simple, DIY home projects – all of which are estimated to cost less than $1,000 to implement – can greatly increase a home’s resale value, helping you take the return on your investment all the way to the bank!
Fix Up #1: Clean & Declutter
Make your home shine by simply removing personal items, decluttering counter tops, organizing closets and shelves and cleaning top to bottom.
Estimated Cost: $290 | Estimated Return: $1,990
Fix Up #2: Brighten
Bring in the sunshine by cleaning windows in and out, swapping out old curtains for new, updating lighting fixtures and bulbs, and removing anything currently blocking light from coming in through your home’s windows.
Estimated Cost: $375 | Estimated Return: $1,550
Fix Up #3: Smart Staging
Make your home even more inviting by rearranging furniture, bringing in new accessories and furnishings to enhance rooms, incorporating artwork and playing soft music in the background.
Estimated Cost: $550 | Estimate Return: $2,194
Fix Up #3: Landscape Enhancements
Make buyers fall in love from the curb by adding bark mulch, bushes and flowers to the front and back yards. Manicure any existing plants and grass for a well-groomed look that instantly impresses.
Estimated Cost: $540 | Estimate Return: $1,932
Fix Up #5: Repair Electrical or Plumbing
Fix leaks underneath the sinks, remove any mildew stains and ensure all plumbing is in good working condition. Also update the home’s electrical with new wiring for modern appliances, fix any lights or outlets that currently don’t work and replace old plug points with new safety features.
Estimated Cost: $535 | Estimate Return: $1,505
Fix Up #6: Replace or Shampoo Dirty Carpets
Make a clean, fresh statement upon walking into your home by steam-cleaning carpets, replacing any worn or overly outdated carpets and by repairing any existing floor creaks.
Estimated Cost: $647 | Estimate Return: $1,739
Now that you have these easy and affordable Top 6 Tips…it’s time to reevaluate your home, implement where needed and watch your return on investment grow!
Tips courtesy of HomeGain’s 2011 Home Sale Maximizer Survey, www.homessalesmaximizer.com and www.REALTOR.org/realtormag