Everyone likes an upgrade and it doesn’t have to break the bank. Home buyers are no exception. Home sellers can help to entice more buyers by upgrading from builders’ basics and the return on investment can be significant. A professional home stager can help you determine which basics need the boot. Let’s take a look:
According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2018 Cost vs Value report, upgrading the Garage Door will offer the greatest return on investment, on average 98%. Buyers will be struck by the beauty a garage door can add to the overall curb appeal. They will also be impressed by the added safety of new smart home technology found in custom doors.
While we are on the subject of curb appeal, don’t forget to evaluate your house number and mailbox. On the home, swap out any reflective stickers for a decorative metal number in a finish that coordinates with other exterior finishes. The size should ideally be viewable from the street. Think of the mailbox as a welcome sign for the home. If snowy New England winters have wreaked havoc on it or it is too personalized and reflects your hobbies (we have all seen a fish mouth mailbox), be sure to replace it with one consistent with the quality of the home. Upscale mailboxes can be personalized with the house number and even street name.
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Bathroom remodels can return 50-70% on your investment, but even smaller updates can make a big impact and provide a positive return. Replace standard full wall mirrors over the sink with more decorative framed mirrors for a custom look. Replace chrome raceway vanity lights, single knob faucets, towel and toilet paper holders with updated brushed nickel or oil rubbed bronze fixtures which will give the entire bathroom an upgraded quality.
Ceiling Lights and fans have come a long way. Consider lighting that reflects an upgrade in quality and style but be careful not to go too trendy. It should enhance the beauty of the room but not be a distraction. Sometimes the least expensive updates provide the greatest return. Replacing cabinet hardware can breathe new life into dated kitchen and bathroom cabinets.
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Changing out basic brass door knobs for a lever knob in a different finish will be more appealing to buyers. Don’t forget to match the door hinges. Also take a look at switch plates and vents and replace plastic with metal.
These simple upgrades over the builder’s basics will give your home the edge it needs to sell faster and for top dollar.
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