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Home Upgrades: What To Do Now For Selling In Spring



Planning on putting your home on the market next spring? If so, go ahead and take advantage of the time until then to get your home in its best sell-worthy state. We aren’t suggesting massive renovations, but the smaller home upgrades that can make a big impact on homebuyers’ interest in your house. Most sellers can expect to put some money back into their house in order to get top dollar for it during a sale. Some home upgrades are well worth the cost but others just won’t recoup the investment. Here’s what we suggest tackling to have your Nashville home ready to sell this spring.

  • Paint – Most people know the transformative power of paint in a room.  If it’s been several years since your home’s walls were painted, go ahead and get this done. In particular, freshly painted trim and ceilings make a huge difference in how clean and bright a home feels.
  • Garage door – A new garage door has enormous appeal for homes with street-facing garages. The average cost for a new one is around $2,500. While not pocket change, it’s a cost that tends to return about 87% at resale.
  • Wood floors – Carpet is nice, but most home buyers these days want hardwood floors on the main level. Like paint, new flooring has a way of completely transforming a room or whole living space. Plus, sellers tend to get nearly 90% of the cost recouped! If you already have existing hardwoods, consider refinishing them and you are likely to get back almost the entire cost.
  • Kitchen upgrades – Evaluate your kitchen and see if it is worthy of upgrades or if it needs a whole renovation. If it needs to be gutted and redone, it’s probably better to leave it for the next homeowner. However, if your kitchen has a good footprint and could be enhanced by upgrading counters and/or painting cabinets it’s likely much of the cost can be recovered at resale.

Home upgrades absolutely can make a difference in the resale value of a home, but keep in mind that not all of them are equal when it comes to return on investment. Considering selling your Nashville home this spring and want an expert opinion on which upgrades to skip and which to tackle? Call DeSelms Real Estate today at 615.550.5565 to speak with an agent!


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