Many home sellers dream of revamping their kitchens and bathrooms into all-granite paradises. They assume this strategy will fetch them tens of thousands worth of extra dollars on their home’s closing price.
While modest upgrades to bathrooms and kitchens are proven to offer a handy return on investment, you should always focus on the basics first. Home buyers want to know that your home will have all of the amenities that people tend to take for granted, such as a solid roof and heat.
Here are some upgrades that you should emphasize before adding something extravagant like a jacuzzi tub to the back porch:
An entire roof re-shingling costs less than you think, and it makes your entire home look better. What is more, you can demonstrate to buyers the reliability of an investment, especially if the work has a warranty of a year or two left on it.
Inspect your roof for any signs of busted shingles or general wear. If you notice spots that are particularly worn or shabby, then a new roof just may be in order.
Gutters do not cost much to install and they serve an important purpose. Gutter systems direct water away from the home’s foundation, prolonging its overall condition and stability. A series of new gutters also can serve as a handsome border for your roof.
If your gutters are still relatively new, you can have them patched up and repainted to achieve roughly the same effect.
Proper drainage is extremely important, especially if you have basement rooms or rooms below grade in general. A french drain system around your foundation can help prevent nasty occurrences like leaks and mold growth.
Drainage can also improve the look of your yard by irrigating water to where it is needed for plants instead of muddy pools around your Red Deer real estate property.
Fixed Seals and Grouts
Unless you plan on completely redoing your kitchen or bathroom, you may forget to fix one of the cheapest but most important home components. Grout and caulk prevent moisture from infiltrating your home and prolong the life of fixtures like sinks, counters and showers.
Peel off all discolored or mildewy caulk and lay a fresh bead down. Make sure that the caulk you use it rated for the room you are using it in.
Similarly, you should either vigorously clean your grout with a strong solution or scrape it up and replace it entirely. You can also seal the new grout with waterproofing measures to make it last even longer.
Part II of this post will detail even more areas that often fall by the wayside when home owners are considering improvements. For more general advice to help your home sell, take a look at our selling page.