Thinking about selling your Carlsbad home, but curious if making some minor improvements could increase your value? Costly renovations such as revamping your master bathroom, or overhauling your kitchen can significantly increase your home’s value, but there are also some unexpected – and considerably less expensive – ways to bump up your value, and ultimately increase your sales price.
First, address the basics
Yes, a brand new kitchen will make your Carlsbad home look fabulous to buyers – but that won’t get you far if you have a furnace on the fritz or an attic that lacks insulation. While the basics are far less glamorous than totally updating a kitchen or bathroom, they will add value and could mean the difference between your home selling quickly or languishing on the market.
Spruce up your curb appeal for maximum impact
The outside of your Carlsbad home is the first thing potential buyers will see, so make those first impressions count. Having a beautiful yard will entice buyers to come inside. Even better, having a yard that can double as living space makes your home seem bigger. Before selling, make sure all the trees and bushes are pruned, clean up flower beds, plant colorful annuals and clean your home’s exterior. If you have a porch, patio or deck, set it up as a living area, showing potential buyers how the space can be used.
Update your front door, welcome buyers from the start
You may not think that something as simple as a front door could add value to your home, but think again. While replacing a worn door is ideal, even simply adding a coat of paint in a striking color can go a long way towards welcoming buyers into your home.
Renovate the attic, if you have one
Perhaps you think your home needs more space in order to be appealing to potential buyers. While building a brand-new addition to the house is expensive, you could add more space for less money by looking up. Attic renovations are becoming increasingly popular. Upgrading the attic into a useable living space adds the square footage you’re looking for with fewer headaches and less financial investment.
Remove a popcorn ceiling for an instant update
One of the keys to selling your Carlsbad home quickly is to remove anything that may turn buyers off, and a popcorn ceiling is high on that list. Popcorn ceilings are dated, and spending a weekend removing it yourself can definitely add value. Just be sure to have the ceiling tested by professionals first, as it could contain asbestos. Once you’ve been given the go-ahead, you can complete this project yourself in just a couple of days.
Make small (inexpensive) changes to the bathroom
You don’t need to demolish the bathroom and start from scratch in order to create a room that is inviting. For less than $1,000 you can replace an outdated vanity, update lighting fixtures or add a new floor. Even a new coat of paint can make the room feel fresh and bright.
If you’re thinking about selling your Carlsbad home, you no doubt want to get the best possible price. By tackling some of these unexpected projects, you’ll add value that can translate into a higher selling price or a quicker sale. And if you want a general idea of what your home is worth TODAY, please use our free, instant, home value website. It takes just 30 seconds to check your value. Access our site by clicking here.
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