Most home buyers are looking for an updated interior that is well taken care of and well maintained. Usually the most important parts to a home are the kitchen and master bedroom and bath. If those two are satisfactory, buyers will now consider other features of the home to see if it is a fit.
If you have limited funds to update your home, updating the kitchen will go a long way. Consider upgrading the countertops, adding a backsplash, and even updating cabinet hardware. Modern appliances are also a big plus.
As for the master bedroom and bathroom – a fresh coat of paint and updated bathroom fixtures will help alot. Upgrading the faucets, lighting and shower doors are just some of the quick ways you can give an outdated bathroom a much needed facelift.
Obviously, the more upgrades you do the more marketable your home becomes. But be careful not to overspend – you may not get your investment back when you sell your home. Its best to try to do the work yourself to save money; however, if you are not sure about the quality, let a professional do it.
Areas that could affect your home negatively are: Pet odor and damage, close to a busy street, loud and bright paint colors, unmaintained landscaping, and an uninviting entrance.
If you are ready to sell your home, its always a good idea to have a real estate professional visit and give you an unbiased assessment of the condition of your home. It may be a bit uncomfortable to hear, but this is what potential buyers will see and feel.