What Home Improvements Do Buyers Look For?

Over the past year, a large majority of the buyers we worked with were typically drawn towards floor plans that had upgrades throughout the home. There are certain improvements that will speak to buyers and make a difference when selling your house.  However, it is important to make improvements that you will enjoy while living in the house, yet at the same time make sense financially.

The most sought after upgrade for buyers this past year was a fresh coat of paint on the exterior and/or the interior of the home. Choosing a lighter color paint allows each room and the hallways feel much more open and inviting for buyers. There was a strong preference towards neutral and gray tone paints in the interiors of the homes. A couple of popular gray paint tone examples are Sherwin Williams Agreeable Gray or Benjamin Moore Gray Mist.  

Additional home improvements buyers tend to look for are clean, functional and low-maintenance landscaping. An easy-win improvement can be simply applying new mulch, even if you have no plans of changing your existing plants or trees.  Adding new mulch can give the entire landscaped area a refreshed feel and is much less invasive than other options.  This may be crucial in a resale as the front yard is the first impression a buyer will see before stepping foot in your home. 

Another cost-effective home improvement can be adding or changing existing fixtures.  Oftentimes, accessorizing your home with new fixtures can completely revive the feel of a room. Examples are changing light fixtures and ceiling fans, adding built-ins for more storage or even as simple as dressing up the cabinetry with new modern hardware. 

If you have questions regarding other home improvement ideas for your home or seeking vendor information, please feel free to call us at our office at 858-322-6375.

Brian Danney

Senior Sales Executive

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