Is your home ready for a fresh look? If you’re planning to sell your home in 2014, making a few improvements can go a long way to increase your home’s value. Using the annual Cost vs. Value report published by Remodeling Magazine, we put together a list of the top five home improvements that give Austinites the most bang for their buck. Keep in mind that the data from this report is only an estimate. If you’re thinking about tackling a remodeling project to help sell your home, it’s a good idea to talk to your Realtor to see what project would work best for your home. Check out our list below to see the top five best home improvements to make in 2014:
1. Deck Addition- Homeowners, especially those in the Austin area, love having a place to spend time outside. Whether it’s a beautiful wooden deck or serene patio, creating an outdoor living space can go a long way in selling your home. If adding a deck isn’t in your budget, think about making other backyard improvements like new landscaping or planting trees.
2. Attic Bedroom- Remodeled attics can be a great way to add a new room to your home without changing the exterior. Attics can be transformed into small bedrooms, offices or even bathrooms. If you have a small attic, consider adding shelves and rods to make it a more effective storage space.
3. Kitchen Remodel- This is one of the most popular home improvement projects and has a huge effect on potential buyers. Some of the hot trends now are granite countertops, open cabinets and unique backsplash designs. If you can’t afford to completely make over your kitchen, make small changes like replacing appliances or the hardware on drawers and cabinets.
4. Siding Replacement- Curb appeal is one of the biggest factors influencing a homebuyer’s decision, so the exterior of your home should look amazing. Replacing the siding on your home is typically one of the most expensive projects on our list. If a project this big isn’t in the budget, try refreshing your siding with a new coat of paint.
5. Bathroom Remodel- Homebuyers analyze bathrooms and kitchens the most when choosing a home, so this space shouldn’t be overlooked. Like the kitchen, small improvements like replacing fixtures or re-caulking around wet areas can make a difference. If you can spend more, re-tiling the floors or walls and replacing the tub are good improvements to make.
If you have any questions about buying or selling your home, don’t hesitate to contact one of our expert Realtors today!