If you’re thinking about selling your home in the next year, consider making a few home improvements that are sorely needed before you list it. Rather than make home improvements for someone else’s benefit, give yourself the time to enjoy them before you move out. Home improvements should make your home look better or be more energy efficient. They are not always necessary, but when they are, it’s better to do it now, rather than later.
1. Kitchen – The kitchen is one room where home improvement projects almost always improve your home’s resale value. If it’s been more than five years since you changed anything in your kitchen, you could probably use some upgrades. Of course, they may not be necessary. If they are, this is the time and place to do it. For example, consider replacing the countertops. Do away with the stained, scratched or chipped finish and replace it with material that’s easy to clean and won’t scratch easily.
2. Flooring – Most homebuyers want a dwelling in move-in condition. If the floors are worn or torn, you can upgrade just one room or all of them for a reasonable price. It’s not something most potential homebuyers want to tackle. This upgrade could help to sell your Austin home more quickly.
3. Weather Stripping – For a minimal investment in time and money, you can lower your energy bills and make changes that stand out on a recent list of home improvements. Close the gaps under doors and around windows with weather stripping and basic repairs.
4. Water – If your home is due for a modern hot water heater, consider a tankless model. This reduces the amount of water and time it takes to take a shower or run the dishwasher.
5. Driveway – Most people assume every home has a driveway. If you have an apron with no driveway, it might be time to take the plunge and put one in. It’s a fairly simple do-it-yourself project that makes a notable difference to potential homebuyers. It doesn’t have to be fancy, it just has to be. If you already have a driveway, consider whether a cleaning, resurfacing or weeding is in order.