What upgrades are the biggest "bang for the buck" for selling a home?

Asked by Jo Jasper, Midwest City, OK Sat May 25, 2013

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Melissa Dana, Agent, Oklahoma City, OK
Mon Jun 17, 2013
The biggest selling point is if the buyer can walk in and fell like it's home. Clean and smells good. Can they picture their personal things in the spaces. You can't just hid things in cupboards either. Most lookers will open closets and cabinets to see shelving.

Several of my clients have wanted open floor plan options, updated kitchen and bathrooms. Kitchen pantry and storage is another. There are great ideas on using those spaces and places for extra storage.

Good luck.
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Teri Reed, Agent, Norman, OK
Sun Jan 5, 2014
This is a good question. I'm not surprised that you have such a mixed bag of answers. I agree with a couple of answers you've received. The biggest bang for your bucks is improvements you can make without spending any money. Cleaning, de-cluttering, staging, and sprucing up the curb appeal on the front porch and yard/landscaping. The next biggest bang is painting the interior and/or exterior. Neutral colors are best to appeal to a broad range of buyers. If you must spend some money for updating, kitchens and baths should receive the majority of the attention. I'm a proponent for spending little-to-no money on a house you are leaving. A good realtor will be able to advise you on your particular situation. Good luck.
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John Cantero, Agent, Broken Arrow, OK
Tue Dec 17, 2013
Kitchens and bathrooms are where you will usually get "bang for your buck"
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Wells Bridge…, Agent, OKC, OK
Sat May 25, 2013
Updated kitchen and bathrooms with solid surface counter tops, granite seems to be the prefered choice,
Newer roof
Newer flooring, hardwood or higher end laminate and tile. Carpet is fine in the bedrooms
Newer paint, neutral colors.

Of the course, the mechanics need to be in good working order.

Be sure to not over improve for the area.

Bridgett Wells
Keller Williams Realty Elite
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Rose Wilkins…, Home Buyer, Edmond, OK
Fri Jul 15, 2016
Kitchen and bathrooms, always.

I buy houses in as-is condition.

Rose Wilkinson
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Aaron Dilley, Agent, OKC, OK
Thu Jan 2, 2014
They are correct - Kitchen - and don't forget the major complaints FLOORING/Paint - also it's said that any money invested in Landscaping could recoup as much as a 300 % return on your investment, it's usually overlooked but curb appeal is critical.
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Tracy Marche…, Agent, Oklahoma City, OK
Sat Dec 14, 2013
Have you completed your upgrades? What did you end up doing?
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Irina Karan, Agent, Aventura, FL
Wed Oct 30, 2013
Kitchens, baths...
However, if that's too much - de-cluttering, staging, removing personal belongings and fixing what's broken in the house could go a long way. Also - new door and kitchen cabinets door knobs, as well as sparkling clean windows...

Hope this helps,

Irina Karan
Beachfront Realty, Inc.
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Karen Barton, Agent, Oklahoma City, OK
Mon Oct 28, 2013
Upgraded kitchens and bathrooms are what buyers are looking for.
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Carol Penson…, Agent, Oklahoma City, OK
Tue May 28, 2013
Updating bathrooms and kitchens will add value to your home. A clean, uncluttered home that creats a great first impression is always a draw for buyers. Clean carpets, treat wood floors so they shine and declutter, declutter even excess furniture! It makes rooms appear bigger. Then last but certainly not least clean, clean, clean! Inside and out for good curb appeal. Good first impressions help sell homes!

Carol Pensoneau
Keller Williams GM
May 28, 2013
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Donald Mituz…, Agent, Chappaqua, NY
Sun May 26, 2013
Thanks for your comment Bill. I've shown my fair share of homes over the years that were messy and dirty. I've seen people who want to walk out as soon as they walk in the door. Kitchens and baths need to be spotless and a cluttered mess is too distracting to a buyer and that's all they seem to remember. Even a home that shows it is dated shows much better if it is clean. Many people can see themselves living in a home until they can do the updates if it is clean.

Don Mituzas
Licensed Associate Broker
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - NY's #1 Real Estate Broker
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Bill Eckler, Agent, Venice, FL
Sun May 26, 2013
Donald has "hit the nail on the head." The best money spent on home improvements is the money that never leaves your wallet. Sellers often overlook the importance of the little things: decluttering, deep cleaning, painting, minimizing furnishings, repairing, trimming, planting, etc......it's often these little things that provide the buyer with the feeling that "pride of ownership" exists and the home is a well cared for home. This creates greater appeal and therefore the home becomes more marketable.

Good luck,

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Donald Mituz…, Agent, Chappaqua, NY
Sun May 26, 2013
The absolute biggest bang for the buck is to clean the house and then clean some more. This goes along with getting rid of clutter. Once that is done make sure the grass is cut, shrubs are trimmed and the general curb appeal is attractive. Basically there is no investment of money, only time if you do it yourself. No question it's the biggest bang for the buck.

Once everything is cleaned up you can look at painting and removing wallpaper if you have it. Muted colors with contrasting white trim are popular and can give a house "pop" when you enter. Again, great bang for the buck.

If you have hardwood floors that need refinishing that would be the next step. If you have carpet that is not pristine and hardwood floors underneath, then I would take out the carpet and let the hardwood shine.

A number of agents mentioned new kitchen, bathrooms and roof. That might help sell the home faster, but it's rare you will get any profit for the money spent and more likely you will not get back your investment and only a percentage of it.

Don Mituzas
Licensed Associate Broker
2008 Realtor of the Year
Douglas Elliman Real Estate - NY's #1 Real Estate Broker
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Josh Barnett, Agent, Chandler, OK
Sun May 26, 2013
Check out "Remodel Magazine" Cost vs. Value at: http://www.remodeling.hw.net/2013/costvsvalue/national.aspx

Best of Luck
Web Reference:  http://www.GetSoldOKC.com
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Carolyn Sims, Agent, Oklahoma City, OK
Sat May 25, 2013
This first thing buyers notice is the curb appeal. Make sure the lawn is cut and maintained. Then adding some landscaping to draw the eye the front door and making people want to go inside is the first thing to do. If the house has "popcorn" on the ceilings, removing that and texturing and painting the ceilings is an inexpensive upgrade. Next are updated bathrooms and kitchens.

If you would like a realtor to look at your house and make suggestions, I would be happy to do so and provide you with a market analysis.

Carolyn Sims
Keller Williams Elite
Web Reference:  http://www.csimshomes.com
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John Phillips, , Oklahoma City, OK
Sat May 25, 2013
The kitchen, The bathroom, fresh paint, a good roof, updated heat and air unit:
The Kitchen, as Bridget stated, solid surface counter tops and new appliances:
New or fresh carpet, woood or laminent flooring:

Before you spend any money to upgrade your home to sell please ask a Realtor or possibly 2 or 3 Realtors to come to your home and get an evaluation: We may tell you to do the work or we may tell you not to do the work simply because the market area may not support it:

John Phillips
Re/Max Preferred Properties
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Ryan Hukill, Agent, Oklahoma City, OK
Sat May 25, 2013
The answer to this question will vary from one market to the next. Locally, countertops and flooring will give you the highest return.
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Scott Godzyk, Agent, Manchester, NH
Sat May 25, 2013
In most cases the following order, A new or updated Kitchen, Bathroom, new roof, new siding and windows, new furnace, new flooring.
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