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4 Ways to Optimize Home-Selling Updates

So, you’re selling your home and you want to get the most bang for your buck; however, you’re on a budget, your house is a “handyman’s special” and you don’t know what to fix first. Where to start, right?</br></br>It may seem obvious to some, but what you need to do is spot the projects with the best cost-benefit ratios, prioritize them and start updating from top to bottom until your budget is fully invested. And, here’s how you do that:</br></br><strong>1. Forget about what you always wanted in the house.</strong></br></br>You may have always dreamed about adding a sunroom, but that’s one of the worst updates you can make in terms of return on investment, <a title="Bankrate" href="http://www.bankrate.com/finance/real-estate/6-worst-home-fixes-for-the-money-1.aspx" target="_blank">according to a 2014 study</a> by Remodeling Magazine.</br></br>Other duds include home offices, garage additions and new bathroom additions. If you always wanted one of those, put it in your new house rather than your old one so you can enjoy your investment.</br></br><strong>2. Estimate project costs and spread your budget strategically.</strong></br></br><a title="This Is Money" href="http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/mortgageshome/article-2791175/the-10k-minute-decision-homebuyers-spend-half-hour-viewing-property-average-taking-plunge.html" target="_blank">Research by Barratt Homes</a> in London found that most homebuyers make a purchase decision in <em>less than 30 minutes into the showing</em>. That's an insane statistic, but it’s very helpful in telling you how to strategize your home improvement spending.</br></br>Focus your spending on high-visibility items. Yes, you may need a new water heater, but they’re not going to see that! Put that money toward new cabinet hardware, bathroom fixtures and other sparkly things.</br></br><strong>3. Lean toward DIY when picking your projects.</strong></br></br>This can make for tough decisions, especially for those of us who aren’t so handy. If DIY isn’t your thing, just make sure to factor labor costs into your estimate. When you do, you may find it’s just not worth it.</br></br>That’s especially true if your home is in need of truly easy upgrades like hardware replacement or touch-up painting that anyone can do.</br></br>But, for those must-do projects that require a little more know-how, consider finding a local specialist for anything from <a title="Find Local Asphalt &amp; Paving Repair" href="https://porch.com/local/asphalt-&amp;-paving-contractors?tid=social_atgstores_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~" target="_blank">asphalt repair</a> to <a title="Find Local Window Cleaners" href="https://porch.com/local/window-cleaners?tid=social_atgstores_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~" target="_blank">window cleaners</a> (not to mention <a title="Find Local Real Estate Photographers" href="https://porch.com/local/real-estate-photographers?tid=social_atgstores_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~_~~" target="_blank">real estate photographers</a> once your place is looking great) at Porch.com.</br></br><strong>4. Consider investments you can take with you.</strong></br></br>Home staging is a big deal, and updated <a title="Furniture" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/" target="_blank">furniture</a>, drapes, <a title="Lighting" href="http://www.atgstores.com/lighting/" target="_blank">lighting</a> and other portable décor can really make a difference. Obviously, it’s not ideal to buy a new couch just so you can ding it up in a move, but it’s worth thinking about if your current couch is a disaster.</br></br>Before you take the plunge on bigger purchases, though, take a look at smaller décor items like <a title="Rugs" href="http://www.atgstores.com/flooring/rugs/" target="_blank">rugs</a> and <a title="Lamps" href="http://www.atgstores.com/lighting/lamps/" target="_blank">lamps</a> that can really punch up your home’s best features.</br></br>Use these tips wisely and you’re sure to improve the return investment on your home improvements. Good luck!
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