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8 Ways to Give Your House the *Ultimate* Upgrade

Will Featherstone

Having the right real estate agent means having someone who is committed to helping you buy or sell your home with the highest level of expertise in y...

Having the right real estate agent means having someone who is committed to helping you buy or sell your home with the highest level of expertise in y...

Feb 7 4 minutes read

If you’re thinking of selling your home in the next few years, then you’ll want to take a serious look at your property and consider where you can make improvements. Renovations and remodels can have a big impact on re-sale value, and depending on your market, can really determine how competitive your home is. 

What types of upgrades you’ll need will depend a lot on how old your home is, how long ago it was last remodeled, and what type of shape it’s currently in. Below, we’ve included some important potential home upgrades you may want to consider:

1. Repaint your home’s exterior and interior. 

Does your home look a bit weathered on the outside? Is the paint chipping? Is the color a bit outdated? Giving your home’s exterior a fresh coat of paint can make a BIG difference in someone’s first impression of your home. The same goes for the inside of your home—after years of wear and tear, freshening up the interior with new paint in neutral, modern colors can go a long way!

2. Install a new roof.

The typical rule here is that most roofs will last between 20 and 25 years, but of course there are different factors that will play into this one. Of course, if your roof is falling apart, missing shingles, has shingles that are curled or buckling, or if you find pieces of your shingles in the gutters, these are some warning signs that indicate a new roof is in the cards! 

3. Upgrade your home’s electrical system. 

Whether or not you need to do this (and the extent you’ll need to upgrade your electrical system) will depend on many factors, but if your circuit breakers frequently trip, if you don’t have enough electrical outlets, or if your lights or other electronics stop work when you turn on other gadgets, then some time of electrical upgrade is in order. It’s extremely important to have your home’s electrical system in order (whether you’re planning on selling your home or not!) as a matter of safety. 

4. Plumbing upgrades. 

Similar to upgrade electrical systems, this one will depend a lot on the age of your home and how it has been repaired over time. But if you have leaks or a system that is over 60 years old, you will definitely want to have your plumbing system looked at to see what upgrades will need to be done to keep your home running smoothly into the future. 

5. Upgrade your kitchen. 

Kitchens are one of the top things can make or break whether or not someone wants to buy your home. At the very least, your kitchen should be fully functional (all outlets work, you don’t have a leaky faucet, cabinetry is all in good condition), but you may consider upgrading the look of your kitchen as well. New cabinetry, new countertops, a new sink, and new appliances are all items to consider upgrading. 

6. Upgrade bathrooms.

This is similar to a home’s kitchen—at the very least, your bathrooms need to be in working order. Bathrooms are a part of a home that can really make or break someone’s desire to buy your home, so having clean and modern toilets, sinks, showers, and tubs should be at the top of your home remodel list. 

7. Give your yard a makeover.

If your grass isn’t doing so great and your flower beds are overgrown, it’s time to spruce up your yard a bit! Again, similar to giving the exterior of your home a fresh coat of paint, giving your home some eye-catching curb appeal can really affect someone’s first impression of your home. A healthy carpet of grass and some fresh dirt and bark in the flower beds can go a long way! 

8. Update any old carpet and flooring.

If your carpet is stained or your tile is chipped, that’s a definite sign that you need new flooring! The quality of a home’s flooring can really affect its overall aesthetic and appeal of a home, and installing new and modern flooring can drastically improve any room. 

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