Most people realize that they are going to need to make their home a bit more appealing in order to sell it. The majority of homeowners will simply paint an accent wall, update hardware, or do other small things like this. However, there are a few larger home improvements that can be made that home buyers are looking for in houses, including the following:
Update Your Windows
If you have the same windows in your house that have been there since your home was first built, then it is probably a good idea to have them replaced. This is particularly true if they allow a draft in, are single-pane, or have any rotted sills. Today, there are many energy-efficient vinyl window options available on the market that will not only make your home look better, but will also eliminate drafts, improve natural light in your home, and reduce your energy bills. Plus, according to CNBC, you can expect an 85 percent ROI on vinyl replacement windows.
Add a Deck
More and more homeowners are beginning to use their homes for get-togethers and socializing. However, during certain times of the year, it is nice to get out of the house to host these events. This is where a deck – screened-in or not – can be ideal. A deck is essentially an extension of your home and can be a very large selling point.
Maintain/Upgrade Your HVAC Unit
When a homeowner moves into a home, they want to know that their air conditioner and/or heater is working efficiently. However, it is hard to know that it is in proper working order ahead of time. Now, a home inspection can give them this information and is often part of the process. Therefore, it is important to either upgrade your unit or get your unit scheduled for its yearly maintenance.
Ultimately, to decide whether you should upgrade or just maintain your unit, you should consider a few factors. The age of your unit is one of them. If your unit is nearing or more than a decade old, then a new unit may be the best way to go. It is also a good idea to look at how your utility bills have been running, as home buyers may want to see these as well. If they have been on the rise as of late and your unit is only a few years old, then a simple tune-up will probably do the trick.
For other ideas for home improvements that will be beneficial for selling your home quickly, consult with an experienced real estate agent.