The fall is already here, the time for enjoying pumpkin-flavored recipes and enjoying the beautiful colors of the season. The cooler temperatures and low humidity are also ideal to start or complete your home renovation projects.
As most builders will tell you, building materials are at their best when installed at moderate temperatures. Contractors, in general, are more available during the fall, so you can find help faster if you don’t want to do it yourself. If your plan is to list your home in the spring (or anytime next year), you’ll like to focus on the best home improvements for selling your home quickly and at the right price. To figure out what’s worth your time and budget, Larson Fine Properties has done some research. Here’s what we found:
1. Paint the front door
By far the easiest exterior project is also the one that will give you more bang for your buck. A freshly painted front door makes your home stand out and it can be done in a day. Fall is usually perfect for outdoor painting; exterior painting should be done at a time when the temperatures are at around 50 degrees and aren’t going below the 40s at night. This will allow for the paint to properly adhere and prevents it from freezing before it is fully dry.
2. Refresh (or repair) the deck
A deck is a great space for socialization and fun, but a deck is only as good as its condition. If the wood is cracking and the painting is fading you can do a quick repair, but if the rails are unstable or there seem to be some structural damage, it’s time to call the experts. A deck in poor shape is not really inviting and if you are trying to sell, it may negatively affect your potential buyer’s feelings about your home, or be used as a negotiating point. Even if you have to replace the whole deck, it’s worth the expense. (Just remember to get a permit!)
3. Enhance the exterior
If the exterior painting is in good shape, a few touch-ups might be enough. But chipping paint or old-fashion colors are tougher to fix. Contact professional painters immediately. You don’t want to scare potential buyers before they even get inside. This investment in curb appeal will help your home to sell for up to 10% more than others in the neighborhood. Just remember, stick to neutral colors: The days to paint your home with a statement color are long gone.
4. Replace or repair your roof
There is nothing like the peace of mind offered by a sound roof, it is priceless to the owners and weighs heavily by potential buyers on making a purchase decision. You will decide if the new roof will be basic or include details that will enhance your home curb appeal, the main reason, however, is the fact that value comes from the sense of confidence it gives to a prospective buyer. This is also true for repairing leaks and cosmetic damage. Nor surprisingly, many buyers often use these details to negotiate a lower price.
5. Power-wash the exterior
A clean house is always more attractive than a dirty one. If your home is just a little dirty, the return on investment may not be as great as it is for one that will look like new after the wash. If your home falls into the latter category, it can be worth it to contact a professional.
6. Window replacement
Windows replacement is a difficult decision for homeowners, it is an expensive investment to replace windows and in many cases, these are invisible to buyers. Thus, unless the windows are damaged or poorly insulated, increasing your utility bills, most buyers don’t consider windows to be a major deciding factor.
7. Update your HVAC
Updating your HVAC ranks low in terms of payoff, as current buyers have come to expect that all homes have working central air. An upgrade only becomes a selling point if the system was already old. If your HVAC has been working for more than 15 years, you’ll probably need a new one soon. This is another potential area where a buyer will try to negotiate a lower price.
8. Clean the gutters
To prevent is better, and cheaper, to cure. With just 30 minutes of routine rain gutter maintenance, you could prevent thousands of dollars in damage to the foundation of your home. If you decide to contract a professional, expect to pay $3 to $9 per foot.
If you want to list your property…
Home improvements are great to do during the fall, if you are thinking of putting your home in the market, contact Larson Fine Properties for a free home evaluation. If you decide to work with us, we offer our personalized and highly client-oriented services as well as innovative marketing approaches to sell your home at the best possible price.