Curb Appeal, Staging Rated as Best Home Improvement Projects for Sellers
Today’s home sellers should focus on curb appeal and home staging above larger-scale home renovations, according to a new survey from Zillow Digs. Zillow asked real estate agents and interior designers nationwide to identify the most valuable home improvements for sellers, and the experts agree that minor improvements like landscaping and painting walls in neutral colors save money and attract buyers faster. Agents agree that sellers should avoid costly projects prior to listing their home, as the increased sale price may not outweigh the time and money spent on the remodel. Instead, agents and designers recommend spending money on minor renovations that will bring the home up to current market standards while also appealing to the broadest number of potential buyers. According to the survey, the top 5 projects for sellers are:
- Curb Appeal: Creating a strong first impression is imperative as buyers begin making assumptions about a home well before they step inside.
- Staging: A home stager can skillfully identify ways to highlight a home’s best features and compensate for its shortcomings.
- Invest in Small Home Improvements: Both agents and designers agree that sellers should never invest in a major renovation before selling.
- Declutter: This sounds simple, but according to experts, it’s the one of the most important things a homeowner should do before selling. A clean house feels more spacious and helps buyers easily envision themselves in the home.
Granite Countertops and Stainless Steel Appliances: Most buyers are still requesting granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Sellers should keep in mind that most high-end finishes don’t equal high-end returns. However, incorporating granite and new appliances can help catch a buyer’s eye.
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