Millennials, who make up the largest share of home buyers, are looking for properties in move-in condition and want to avoid the expense of significant repairs, according to National Association of REALTORS® most recent Home Buyer and Seller Generational Trends study. As such, sellers may want to invest in updates that will be most appealing to these younger buyers. Our list below features the top modest home improvements to get your home noticed and boost its perceived value in a competitive market.
Enhance Curb Appeal
- Remodeling Magazine’s 2020 Cost vs. Value Report lists replacing siding, garage doors, entry doors, and windows as the upgrades with the greatest return on investment.
- Refresh landscaping by trimming bushes, weeding, eliminating dead shrubs/trees, and manicuring the lawn.
- Power-wash and make any necessary repairs to siding, windows, walkways, and steps.
- Enhance the entry with a fresh coat of on-trend paint color for the front door, and update or clean all outdoor light fixtures. Finish with a colorful welcome mat, fresh wreath, and seasonal potted plants.
Refresh the Heart of the Home
- Introduce modern lighting options with fixtures in different materials (metals, woods, rattan) and geometric shapes.
- Swap out dated faucets and cabinet hardware for more contemporary, full-functioning styles in trending finishes, such as matte black, brushed brass, or polished nickel.
- Rather than completely replacing dark, dated, and worn cabinets, simply repaint them in a bright white or soft gray hue to brighten and enlarge the space.
- Replace or refinish damaged or dull hardwood floors to make the room shine.
Give the Bathroom an Update
- Start by fixing leaky faucets and shower heads, worn caulking, broken toilets, or chipped tile.
- Replace outdated lighting in modern designs and finishes to instantly set the mood and add sophisticated style. Pair with matching hardware and faucets to complete the look.
- Change out damaged and dated countertops with marble or quartz and/or paint darker-colored vanities with an on-trend neutral or soft color (the robin egg blue pictured above is a perfect example).
- Be sure the wall and/or tile color is soft and soothing to give the room a spa-like appeal.
Revive the Dining Room
Buyers want to envision where they can entertain guests. Be sure to present the dining room as spacious, inviting, and elegant.
- The best way to make the space feel larger and enhance the room’s features is by covering dark walls with neutral paint. It will also pair well with bright white crown molding and/or wainscoting for an added touch of elegance.
- Replace traditional chandeliers with chic, contemporary fixtures to set a more sophisticated tone.
- Spruce up your dining room table with a stylish table setting to help buyers envision their own dinners here.
Create a Master Bedroom Retreat
- Remove and/or replace heavy draperies with simple, sheer white curtains or shades that allow for a little privacy while letting in natural light.
- Install stylish ceiling and bedside table lighting.
- Deep-clean soiled carpeting to restore plushness, or add a neutral, textured area rug to hardwood floors.
- Layer fluffy, white bedding with accent pillows and soft throws in different colors and patterns.
Once all the updates are complete, you can hire a professional home stager to add in some finishing touches before listing the home for sale. Home stagers can add inviting, modern furnishings and accents that set out to help buyers emotionally connect with a home.
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