If you are getting ready to put your house on the market or are just wanting to upgrade your home, its important to decide where you’ll get the most bang for your buck. If you have an old dated kitchen, you should probably start there before investing into something else, like a large chandelier. Let’s take a look at choices that will get you a strong ROI.
Remodeling your kitchen will give you the highest ROI. Kitchens can be expensive because of the cabinets and countertops. Buyers will want an updated kitchen. If your kitchen is new and modern it can make up for the other areas of the home that may not be as modern.
If your budget doesn’t allow for a full scale remodel, choose either the cabinets or the countertop to start. Granite countertops are in, so if you have them, keep them and start with the cabinets. If you don’t, decide which needs the most improvement. You may find that you don’t need to replace all of the cabinets. You may be able to refinish the cabinets or buy new doors only. If that’s the case, great. You can use that budget towards your countertop.
If you are replacing the countertop, its best to go with a stone and not laminate or formica. Adding laminate countertops will do more damage than good. If you can’t afford the expensive stones, there are alternatives. Concrete is very popular because of its cost and endless design options. There are a lot of colors and styles to choose from. Wood and tile countertops are popular options too.
Invest in Flooring
Old carpet must go or be cleaned. There is nothing more appealing to a buyer than dirty, worn carpet. If there are stains in the carpet from pets and cleaning doesn’t remove them, it’s time to replace them. Another benefit of cleaning or replacing carpet is odor control. Dirty carpet can affect the way the entire house smells.
If you have real wood that is great. Dark stained or grey finished hardwood floors are in. This will be a great feature when selling your home. If you don’t have hardwood floors, you can go with a laminate flooring. There are a lot of affordable laminate flooring that looks just like real hardwood.
Most of the time fresh paint and new tile are all that you need. If your tub or toilet is green, red, pink, or black, it is time to upgrade. White is always a good choice. Be careful if you choose cream or ivory, because it can look dirty or dated.
An inexpensive option that will really make an impact is replacing all of the fixtures. Oil rubbed bronze or brushed nickel are good choices. Gold fixtures are very dated, so avoid them.
When someone sees your garage they will be expecting the same boring unfinished walls with grey concrete and clutter. This doesn’t have to happen. Buyers will be excited to see something unexpected like finished, painted walls. There are a ton of flooring options too. You can choose rubber mats or go with epoxy. If you choose epoxy you can have different colors and different patterns.
Clean storage options are exciting to buyers. By adding shelves or cabinets you are not only increasing the amount of storage, but you are changing the appearance of the garage. A well organized garage, feels bigger making buyers think they are getting more space.
Kitchens, flooring, bathrooms, and even the garage are great areas to improve to increase your home’s value. Make a list of things that can be replaced and make a budget. If your budget is small start with fixtures and paint. If you have a good budget, go with the kitchen.