When it comes time to sell your house, chances are, you’re not looking forward to tackling any remodeling projects required to increase the value of your house before you put it on the market. Maybe you’re selling to upgrade, maybe you need less space now that your kids have gone off to start their own lives, or maybe you just need a fresh start. Either way, when it comes to remodeling your home to sell it, you’re looking for big return on small efforts.
Of course, there are many ways to spruce up your house before you sell it: build a new deck, put on new siding, replace your window treatments, etc. But, two of the most common rooms for any *more bang for your buck* home remodeling project are the kitchen and bathroom.
If you think about it, your kitchen is one of the rooms you use most often in your home. Whether it’s to cook, entertain a group of friends, or just help your kids with their homework, the kitchen is a common hangout spot in any home.
Your bathroom is, well, your bathroom. It’s a room we spend a great deal of time in and one that most, if not all, of your guests will use when visiting your home. The bathroom is where many of us go to prepare for our day, and should be a room we feel good being in, not one we rush to get out of.
The kitchen and bathroom are also two of the rooms that can most quickly date your home and make it seem out of style to prospective buyers. Many homes on the market right now have cabinets, appliances and fixtures dating back to the 90s, or even worse, the 70s… That’s something that makes new buyers run away, screaming, not take out their pens to sign on the dotted line.
In order to avoid spending too much and accidentally putting more into your house than it’s worth, try to keep your kitchen remodeling project’s spending budget to about 10% of the value of your home, and your bathroom remodeling project to about 5%. And, although it may not sound true, one way to save a great deal of money is by hiring a designer to help with your remodeling project. With so many important factors to consider during a remodel, it’s more important than ever to engage in the services of a professional.
A designer can help you navigate your project while providing invaluable assistance with measurements, drawings, 3-D renderings, schedules, ADA requirements, and detailed specifications. Engaging in these services will not only make the design and construction process more enjoyable, but it will help to avoid budget overruns, order changes time delays, and onsite alterations. AKA, remodeling your home in order to sell doesn’t have to be stressful or a waste of time.