If you're ready to sell your home, it's important to ensure that your house is in the best possible condition. Our real estate agents know that a property that appears well-maintained typically commands a higher asking price.
When you have a whole list of home improvement projects, it's hard to know where to start. Here are some guidelines to help you prioritize your home improvement projects.
- Start with Tasks That Fix Potential Safety Issues
Tasks that remedy potential safety risks should be at the top of your list. When you add your home to the inventory of Augusta homes for sale, these issues may deter potential buyers. If you have old rickety door hardware that makes it easy for thieves to break into your home, replace it with secure, updated alternatives. Or, if it's hard to navigate your home's exterior at night because it lacks proper lighting, installing a few floodlights will quickly fix this problem.
- Complete Any Projects That Mitigate Future Damage
Some projects can prevent additional damage to your home. Perhaps you have some loose shingles that allow moisture to enter your roof. Or, you may have problems with the grading of your yard that can cause your home to flood. Any projects that avert more costly, extensive repairs should be a priority.
- Put Value in Projects That Enhance Functionality
Projects that improve the functionality of a space make it easier for you to create a happy, inviting home. Add items that make the room easier to use. For example, if your kitchen lacks counter space and you find it difficult to prepare meals, adding a kitchen island instantly yields more space for meal prepping. Install shelves in areas that lack ample storage space. Hang hooks or small cubbies in rooms where you want a place to conveniently house items you use every day. Complete any repairs to ensure your plumbing, electrical system, and heating and cooling unit always function correctly.
- Embrace Low-Cost Projects with a Big Impact
Next, look over your list for projects that are fairly cheap but have a significant impact on the appearance of your home. For example, painting a room yourself is a cheaper project that instantly changes the entire look of a room. Replacing mismatched doorknobs and hardware with pieces that coordinate makes the room look more pulled-together. Focus on items that you can do yourself or, if you have to outsource some of the work, are still affordable even when you need to call in a pro.
- Focus on One Area at a Time
For any remaining projects, focus on one area of your home until it's complete. Unless you have funds earmarked for extensive remodeling, you'll likely need to complete the rest of your projects over time. Focusing on a single area ensures that your various projects for a space yield complementary results in terms of color and style. You can also easily see the progress you're making. Assume you want to do upgrade your bathroom. Start by replacing the smaller, less expensive items, like the doorknob, hinges, showerhead, and curtain rod. Next, you might paint the bathroom or add wainscotting. Then, you may finish the project by replacing the floors or counters.
Even though you didn't complete the renovation all at once, the colors and finishes in your bathroom complement one because you considered every aspect during your project planning.
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