House and Home

Essential Upgrades to Make Before Putting Your House on the Market

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If you’re going to put your home on the market, you’ll face a lot of competition from other sellers who have homes listed at a similar price.

One way you can set yourself apart is to make some upgrades to your home.

Here are the improvements we think will make a difference to your chances of making a quick sale.

Replace Vinyl Flooring

If you have vinyl flooring, it might be a good idea to replace it before you put your house on the market. You’ll want to do this especially if your flooring has discolored spots or is loose, which may indicate a moisture problem.

You could consider replacing it with linoleum instead of vinyl flooring because it will increase the overall value of your home.

Replace Baseboards

Over time, baseboards can start to look dirty and weathered, especially if you’ve been living in your home for many years.

If you replace your baseboards, buyers will have a fresh, clean impression when they first walk in to a showing. You will also be able to update the feel of your home; modern baseboards that could make your home feel ten years newer.

Replace Old Windows

Replacing old windows is a great idea, especially if you have an old home.

Older windows aren’t the most energy-efficient. In fact, many homeowners with older homes pay a much higher electricity bill than those with newer homes.

Taking out the old windows and installing energy-efficient replacement windows can fix this.

Installing new windows will dramatically increase the value of your home. Buyers will appreciate the fact that they will be saving money in the long run as well as the fact that they won’t have to replace the window sealing and caulking for a few years.

Replace Your Roof

The roof is one of the first things your potential buyers will see when they walk up to your house.

If you have missing shingles or hanging gutters, buyers might be turned off; they could perceive a lack of care about the house. You don’t want buyers to focus on whether or not the house has been neglected. You want them to focus on whether or not they can see themselves living there.

Hire a roofer to replace missing shingles and chemically treat the roof so it will be protected from harsh weather conditions.

Replace the Toilets

Replacing toilets is a small but smart move that you can make to increase your home’s value.

First of all, you’ll be able to highlight the fact that the new toilets were recently sealed.  This will appeal to potential buyers, who will know they don’t have to worry about fixing expensive leaks.

Your buyers will also appreciate the fact that the toilets are clean and won’t come with a history of plumbing problems.

If you want to increase your home value even more, you can splurge and install a “smart” toilet in the master bath.

Making these small but essential upgrades will not only allow you to up the selling price of your home, but you’ll also have a better chance of getting your home sold – and sold quickly.

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