Home Upgrades That Pay You Back
These quick and easy improvements will add to the value of your home.
UPDATE: Inspired by feedback from Facebook user John H., we've added a few new how-to videos to this page. Here's what John had to say:
Little things go a long way. We sold our townhouse quickly by doing little things like replacing the builder-grade faucet sets in the bathrooms. Easy, inexpensive and makes a bigger difference than you'd think. We got a great offer within a week while other (builder-grade) units sat on the market for months afterwards. Five weekend fixes that boost house value:
1. Repairing leaks or replacing faucet cartridges,
2. cleaning and patching drywall,
3. simple landscaping such as fresh mulch,
4. Decluttering detritus like old paint cans, or extra pieces of tile that isn't even in the house anymore (that normally gets inherited by new owners),
5. Recaulking tubs, showers, sinks, kitchen backsplashes, exterior windows and doors...
Unless your paint colors make the place seem dark when it's not, most buyers can look past paint color. Neutral is good, but expected. If you make your house look like someone wants to live in it, can imagine their own belongings in it, and they feel like they won't have a long list of things to do as soon as they move in then you are far more likely to command a good market price. (via Facebook)