What to Update when Selling your Home

Real Estate Agent with Mike Bowman


First impressions are important. Some buyers will drive by the property before they hire a real estate agent to show the inside. A good first appearance on a home can add as much as 5 percent to 10 percent to the value of the home," says John Aust, president of the National Association of Real Estate Appraisers.Take a hard look at your home as if you were a buyer. Make sure the front door and porch is clean. Paint or varnish the door so it has an inviting look. Shrubs should be manicured and trees trimmed. Clean flower beds and plant flowers for color. A welcoming mat is a plus.


Kitchen- The kitchen is a good place to start when spending money on remodeling a home. Most buyer's put the kitchen as one of the most important rooms in the house. Stainless steel or black appliances are the most popular colors now. Appliances are worth the investment when selling a home. Cabinet Refacing remodels that are less expensive than changing out the cabinets. Cabinet refacing could be a good alternative for a low end priced house to give the kitchen a fresh updated look.

Updated countertops and appliances the return on this investment is usually money well-spent. Granite countertops in a neutral color is popular now for homes. If other homes in the neighborhood have granite countertops they will not add value but will be competitive with the other homes.

Bathroom If your bathroom is outdated you can update with new fixtures. The pedestal sinks are reasonable in price and look good in a guest bath. Changing bathroom fixtures if they are outdated will be a good investment. Changing the wall plugs and even the bathtub tile if there is a need. Light fixtures are an easy fix that make a big difference. Bathtub Refacing is a option if you have a dated bathtub, if you can not change the bathtub you may think about refacing.

Dramatic contemporary fixtures might not be the best choice if you are selling your home. Classic traditional styles that appeal to most buyer's is a better investment. If you can't afford to renovate the entire bathroom, simple fixtures and hardware should make a big difference.

Windows If the windows need to be replaced this is another good way to update and change the look of the house. Insulated windows are always a plus, they pay for themselves in five years. Window treatments are personal and you should not spend the money unless the home needs blinds. Blinds will not add value but will help in selling the home. 

Remove drapes and rods and install 2' blinds for an updated look. Make sure the blinds fit and they are installed properly.


Painting   Painting is one of the cheapest ways to add value to your home. Make sure you hire someone with experience or you take time to do the job properly. Do not skip the closets and cabinets. Make sure you paint the right type paint in areas. If you are spot painting it is hard to get the colors exact. Nothing looks worse than to see a wall that has paint spots where the seller has not taken the time to paint the wall.

Wallpaper and boarders date the property. Take down wallpaper and retexture walls for a clean updated look. New knobs on the kitchen cabinets to update the look. New electrical plugs and plates is an inexpensive update. It is the attention to little things that sell the house.


Floors Flooring throughout the home will make a difference. There are several wood alternatives that are more affordable that can be installed at a fraction of the cost but make the home more desirable. There are many choices of high-quality flooring, such as wood, laminate, tile or stone.


There are many ways to increase the value of a home. Remodeling a home is not always a guarantee of added value. If you plan to sell a home there are few remodeling projects that add value to a home and allow the homeowner to recoup the costs when selling and make the home more desirable to buyers. You can actually remodel and make the home too updated for the neighborhood. Here are some good ways to invest when selling a home.


Landscaping, cleaning flowerbeds, repairing fence and other outside upgrades should be considered. Make sure the mailbox is well secured  and not leaning.Clean the a/c compressor with a water hose to remove debris. Make sure the gutters are free of leaves.


   Call Cheryl Brewer for all of your real estate buying and selling homes in Arlington-Mansfield texas. REMAX Pinnacle Group Realtors,  cherylsellshomes@gmail.com     cherylbrewer.remaxtexas.com

Comments (2)

Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

Often it is the little things that will give you the biggest bang for your buck! Getting a handyman in early on to take care of the deferred manitenance items can also go a long way... and much cheaper than a new kitchen or bath Although they are usually the best places to spend money

Mar 27, 2011 09:53 AM
Cheryl Brewer
Mike Bowman - Grapevine, TX
Selling Homes since 1997

that is for sure Robert!


Mar 27, 2011 02:31 PM