Selling your home can be a stressful process. Different elements tend to distract homeowners from the inevitable goal – which is to make as much money as they can. But, they first need to focus on what they can control. This begins with finding affordable projects with higher returns. Remaining focused on increasing your home’s value before selling allows you to enjoy the fruits of your labors when it comes time to hand over the keys. HGTV does a great job of itemizing a checklist of 30 things for you to follow.
As you do your home remodeling tasks with an eye toward putting your home on the market, something to keep in mind is the concept of value engineering—the process of making wise choices about materials and construction methods that minimize your costs while still adding unique features to your home that will make it stand out to potential homebuyers.
For example, the door that separates your garage from the living areas of your home is required to be a fire door. That’s a given—a home inspector is going to look at that, and you’ll get dinged if your door is not compliant. However, that doesn’t mean you have to buy your fire door from a specialty supplier; going that route is typically more expensive, and you have to wait longer to get your door.
Instead, you might want to consider buying your door—still a fire-code compliant one—off the shelf from a chain store like Home Depot. That way, you’re doing what’s required while saving a bit of money. You don’t know what the new owner is going to want to do to the house, so it’s just not necessary to get the top-of-the-line door from a specialty supplier.
With our years of experience in home remodeling and renovation throughout the Phoenix area, Rictor Contracting has the knowledge and skill in craftsmanship to help you make value-engineered improvements that will enhance your experience while you’re still living in your home. When you invest in projects that are geared towards increasing your home’s value, it creates more appeal for homebuyers when you finally list it on the market.