Top Home Improvements When Preparing to Sell

If you’re preparing your home for sale, there are certain improvements that are definitely worth their cost. These renovations can help attract more buyers, sell your home faster, make back most or all of your investment and increase the overall value of your home.

Kitchen
A state-of-the-art kitchen is one of the most popular renovations for earning back most, if not all, of its investment. Even if you don’t fully gut and renovate, certain upgrades – granite counters, hardwood or high-end tile floors, premium appliances, islands and under-mount sinks – attract attention and increase value.

A Finished Basement
A stylishly finished basement is high on many buyers’ wish lists. If the ceiling is low and you can afford the investment, consider digging down to increase ceiling height. If you can’t, leveling the floor and installing carpets will help make it more comfortable. Adding a fireplace, bathroom or kitchenette are all great ideas too.

Master Ensuite
If your ensuite is a bit tired, it’s worth upgrading, especially if you can afford a few luxuries such as a whirlpool or air jet tub, separate shower with a rain shower head, double sinks and/or heated floors. If you don’t have an ensuite, perhaps you can install one by stealing space from the master bedroom or a room next to it.

Flooring
Especially on the main floor, hardwood is often popular with buyers. If your floors are refinished but worn, have them lightly sanded and resealed. If they’re really beaten up, consider replacing them. Premium broadloom carpeting is also popular, especially for bedrooms, but only if it’s in top condition. If it’s worn or out of fashion, replace it with something more contemporary. Neutral, lightly textured weaves such as wool “sisal” are fashionable right now.

Upgraded Lighting
Old-fashioned track lighting can be easily replaced with more contemporary styles such as smaller cans or halogen track lights. Replace dingy overhead lighting with chandeliers, or install them in rooms that don’t have any. For modern decor, consider light fixtures with simple, straight lines to add clean elegance.