If you’re into house flip renovation and design or you’re just dipping your toes in, you may be wondering about the best ways to add value to a home.
One thing to keep in mind when planning to resell a home is that you don’t need to upgrade everything. While you may be tempted to make the property perfect, accounting for too many improvements may mean you end up with a home that’s overpriced for the area and therefore hard to sell.
Instead, focus on the upgrades that add real value and appeal to a range of people. Let’s take a look at four of the best renovations for flipping a house.
1. Upgrade the Kitchen
For many home buyers, a great kitchen is a huge selling point and is often #1 on their wish list. An updated kitchen gets people interested and is well worth the cost to renovate when it comes time to sell. If the home you plan to sell is bogged down by a dated kitchen, even some basic updates can greatly increase the home’s value and help it sell quickly.
To get top dollar, the kitchen may not even need a total renovation. Assess the kitchen’s big-ticket items—countertops, cabinets, flooring and appliances—to see what sticks out like a sore thumb. Even a fresh coat of paint, new cabinet hardware or updated fixtures can transform the space. For kitchens that need a little more help, add value by replacing old countertops with quartz slab or popular luxury stone options like marble, granite or quartzite.
2. Update the Bathroom
Bathrooms and kitchens are the two rooms that sell a house. In the bathroom, consider upgrading important fixtures like the toilet and sink if they’re old and outdated. Will a new vanity, faucets and light fixtures freshen up the space?
Showers and tub surrounds featuring popular tile like stone or porcelain also add to the room’s value. Marble shower tile is impressive and luxurious, a great selling point for many buyers. For the floors, consider porcelain with R11 Anti-Slip Finish for a shower that’s as safe as it is stunning.
3. Add Curb Appeal
Whether it’s a matter of landscaping, a fresh coast of porch paint or simply cleaning up the front of the house, how a home looks from the outside will be the buyer’s first impression—and a good first impression can be worth a lot. Simple cosmetic updates on the front of the house can actually have a big impact without being too expensive. A little bit of stone hardscaping, planting some pretty flowers or upgrading exterior lights can make that first impression a great one.
4. Refresh the Patio
Breathe a little life into the home’s outdated patio by upgrading it with stone or stone-look tile. Particularly in warmer climates, a beautiful patio or outdoor living area is a popular wish list item for home buyers. Even a beautiful home can leave a lackluster impression if the outdoor spaces are unappealing. See these ideas for upgrading a patio to make it ready for resale.