The first impression is what gets buyers in the door and interested.
Focus your remodeling efforts on the rooms that create the biggest buyer impact.
Kitchens and bathrooms are the most important rooms amongst home
buyers. Home owners who undertook major bathroom and kitchen remodeling jobs saw between
88 and 91 percent of their costs recouped. According to Bruce Taylor of ERA Key Realty
Services, "Kitchens and bathrooms often sell the house."
These five improvements will ensure you make the strongest impression
on your potential buyers on a tight home improvement budget:
Replace your dated carpets and tiling. "Floors make a crucial
first impression on prospective buyers", says John Spitzer, a principal broker for
John L. Scott in Portland, OR, "Go to an open house," says Spitzer. "Most
people are looking down. The first thing they see is the carpet
to notice the floor way before they notice the windows."
Quality wood flooring can bring class and elegance to some
of the most outdated homes. Investing $4,000 to $5,000 in new flooring can increase the
value of your home by an average of $10,000, doubling the home owner's return on
investment, reports Betsy Schiffman of Forbes Magazine.
New flooring is a fast and affordable way to increase home value.
Unlike room additions and other types of pricey and time consuming home improvements,
hardwood flooring installation is quick and simple and often takes no more than a couple
days to complete. To get more ideas on flooring, visit www.westcoastflooring.com.
A fresh coat of paint can work wonders for an outdated bathroom,
kitchen or bedroom. Paint over your homes faded wallpaper or old coat of chipped
paint with a solid, neutral color.
If the countertops in your kitchen and bathrooms are dated and
dingy, replace cracked or chipped tiles and re-grout. To really get home buyers
attention, install granite countertops.
Countertop vendors and home builders have experienced a boom in the
demand for kitchen and bathroom granite countertops. Although it can be more expensive to
install, granite countertops remain a kitchen and bathroom favorite because they retain
their value better than most home improvements. To get more ideas on countertop materials,
After updating your flooring, walls and countertops; your old
household appliances may stick out like a sore thumb. Replace your dated refrigerator,
oven, stove top and microwave with the latest models in order to match your homes