Sure, your home value can automatically be boosted if the housing market is doing well. But if you want to get the best bang for your buck if you sell, let the housing market help you with some renovations. First, it’s important to know what buyers, who are generally the millennials these days, are looking for in a home. Of course you want to cater the remodeling to something you like, especially if listing your home isn’t in the near future, but you also want to make sure it’s a renovation that will sell.

The Kitchen

An updated kitchen is still the most important factor of home-buying. Millennials are going towards a more modern feel. But if a full gut and remodel of your kitchen is not in the budget or too time consuming, there are still small changes you can make that will be a huge difference. Get rid of vinyl flooring and laminate countertops. If you have white appliances and you are considering letting them convey with the home, update them to stainless steel. You can also get away with black appliances if your countertops and cabinets are dark. Giving your cabinets a fresh coat of paint and update hardware!

Move In Ready

Most buyers like for a home to be move in ready. This is a big purchase for them and after using most of their savings on a down payment and closing costs, they may not have extra for overlooked housing necessities. Updates are a great eyecatcher when buyers are looking at potential homes. Newer roofs and HVAC systems can be a deal breaker. New hardwoods floors is also a plus, homeowners wouldn’t have to worry about ripping up the carpet before they move in or have to deal with moving furniture around during a flooring install later down the road.

Paint

The most effective and inexpensive touch up you can do to your home is slap on some fresh paint! Go with a fresh, a calm and neutral color. Think beiges and grays. Bright colors, accent walls, and wallpaper need to go!

Energy Savings

Paying close attention to how you can be saving energy is a win-win situation. Not only will you be saving money as long as you live in the property, but it is a major selling point when you decide to list. If you are looking at upgrading any appliances, especially the water heater, make sure to check out energy efficient systems. Replacing windows can be a major financial job, but if you plan to stay in your home for a few years before selling or your current windows are in such disarray, look at Energy Star certified windows which can lower your energy bill up to 15%.

Curb Appeal

The most important aspect of your home is the curb appeal. It needs to be inviting, even to every day guests. Adding a porch is a great, cost-effective choice in the South. There’s an old saying that it’s the most important room of a house. Change up the color of your front door, and even look at updating the storm door. A nice touch that you can enjoy until sold is a fire pit. Lowe’s sells a reasonably priced set that is easy for DIYers.

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