As a home remodeler we get asked often “What will be the best thing to remodel in my house in order to get the most out of it?” Most people would agree, that if your house has structural issues, roof leaks, HVAC problems—get those fixed first. Don’t try to sell a house with a bunch of problems. After all of the major issues are taken care of, now you can think about the items that will make your house look more appealing to a buyer at a higher price compared to your neighbors’ houses.
Here are 5 renovations (in no particular order) that will help make your house shine!
Exterior Lipstick– people generally start making assumptions the minute they drive up to the house whether they will buy it or not. If your house has a garage door that’s dented in, shrubs overgrown, or paint peeling off it will be harder for someone to get past that even if you have an immaculate interior. Statistics show that garage door replacements, simple landscaping, and siding repair and replacements will give you more bang for your buck when you’re trying to sell your house.
To boost curb appeal on the project in the picture we cut down the forest in front of the house, painted the exterior, replaced the roof, and added a picket fence. This changes the whole look of the house!
Open up some walls, baby!
I may be a bit biased here because there is nothing more fun than tearing out walls in an old house. However, the data from Better Homes and Gardens shows that 46% of people surveyed preferred a combined kitchen, family room, and everyday eating space. While this data doesn’t necessarily prove that everyone wants a completely open floor plan, I believe that having a more open floor plan makes your house feel bigger which will help it to sell.
KitchenMakeover—in some neighborhoods laminate is fine and won’t make much of a difference. However, in most neighborhoods, you will want to have some kind of stone like Granite or Quartz. Even in a 1,000 square foot house, stone countertops can make your house stand out among the rest.
Master Bathroom Transformation
The master bathroom is a mysterious one for me. I can shower, brush my teeth, and use the bathroom in a 30 square foot space every day and be fine. However, as a married man I know that women prefer more space in the morning to get ready for the day. For that reason, if you have room to expand, in some cases it may make sense to enlarge your master bath by cutting into your bedroom.
One trend we are seeing a lot is the “smooth transition shower.” We have taken fiberglass showers out and installed smooth transition showers with tile and cultured marble in several of our customers’ houses. For some customers, it’s an absolute necessity due to health issues. For others though, they are planning for the future. They are planning to be in the house for the last 30, 40, 50 years of their lives, so they plan ahead for the time when they may need a smooth transition shower to keep from having to step over a curb.
Floors and Paint
This point is probably the most obvious of all the points. If you have shaggy orange carpet…….first, you need to mow it to make sure there is nothing from the 70’s living in there, then get it out of your house and replace it with something nice! Luxury Vinyl flooring is really popular right now. But a lot of people still prefer hardwoods and tile. At any rate, getting new flooring and fresh (PROFESSIONAL) paint will make your house really stand out. Word to the DIY’ers: If you can paint well, go for it. If you can’t—hire a professional. My dad always says, “A good painter can make a bad carpenter look good. A bad painter can make great carpenter look bad.”
When you’re getting ready to sell, just remember that you don’t necessarily want to remodel for your own specific tastes (i.e. pink chandeliers), but to the masses that will be looking to purchase your home, so a lot of times just staying neutral is the safest decision. However, if all you do is update your home to the fit into current century, your house will be in a much better position when it hits the market.