4 Minor Fixes That Can Have a Major Impact on Your Home’s Resale Value

Posted on Jan 27 2020 - 4:17pm by Housecall

By Meghan Belnap

Even if you have a beautiful home in a great location, you should still consider carrying out a few fixes and upgrades before you put it on the market. Minor fixes might seem like a hassle at first, but they could appeal to potential buyers, possibly increasing the price of your home by a considerable amount.

Replace the doorknobs. Outdated and damaged doorknobs aren't a major issue, but they can make your home appear much older than it really is. If your doorknobs are more than 10 years old, consider replacing them. Changing them out is an incredibly simple job that should take no more than an hour or two as long as you have a few basic tools. You can also upgrade the entryway doors with electronic locks.

Fix the driveway concrete. Over the years, the ground that's under your driveway could begin to shift, resulting in cracks or sunken sections of concrete. While this type of damage is usually only cosmetic, it's only going to get worse as time goes on, and that will probably turn at least a few buyers away. Concrete lifting will allow you to fix the sunken areas of the driveway without replacing all of the concrete.

Repair the kitchen faucets and fixtures. Fixing up your kitchen can be one of the most effective ways to increase the value of your home and make it more attractive to buyers. While completely revamping that area of your home might be appealing, it can be a huge investment. As an alternative, consider replacing all of the faucets and fixtures. Replacing the sink is another simple project that can have a huge impact on the kitchen.

Give the bathroom a makeover. Updating your bathrooms could increase the value of your home by quite a bit, and this project doesn't need to cost you a lot of money. At the very least, you might want to add a fresh coat of paint to the walls to make the bathrooms seem brighter. You should also look at all of the fixtures and pipes to ensure that none of them are leaking or damaged.

These four simple projects are a great start, but you should consider having your home professionally staged as well. A staging team can ensure that your home is as enticing as possible when you are showing it off to buyers or getting ready for an open house.

Profile-Pic-e1525445871683-1-1-1Meghan Belnap is a freelance writer who enjoys spending time with her family. She finds happiness in researching new topics that help expand her horizons. Looking for a concrete company that can assist you with the sunken areas that you may have in your driveway? Belnap recommends The Dwyer Company.


4 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Mats Wolff January 30, 2020 at 5:58 pm -

    I hadn’t thought of making minor fixes to our home, but it seems that it could increase the price of our home when we sell it. My wife and I have lived in our home for 5 years and we plan on moving over the summer due to a new job. We have loved our home and want to get the best price for it. We’ve had 2 boys since living here and they have caused some minor damage. Thanks for the tip of getting the concrete driveway fixed, I didn’t realize how some potential buyers can see cracks as a turn-off. I’ll be sure to look into a professional to help fix up our concrete driveway.

  2. Phil B. February 7, 2020 at 7:00 pm -

    These are all good candidates and have the potential to have an impact when you’re selling. Here in NorCal, where the weather is usually very nice, it can pay to open the house up and let the sun shine in! Bringing the outdoors in, so to speak, is always a game-changer when it comes to how buyers react to a home. The best way to do this? Clean the windows! Sounds simple, but it’s often overlooked.

  3. Nancy Davis February 12, 2020 at 2:32 pm -

    As a realtor minor fixes are a great start. I’m working with sellers that did just that. While looking at other homes on the market they noticed the mark up value for resale in upgrading kitchens and baths. I use reputable & knowledgeable contractors to give estimates & work at a reasonable rate.

    Staging also is very important in this market., staggers will work with you on using your own furniture and providing information on what to store away. Open layouts with less pictures, clutter you have kept in your home make a major difference in selling your home quickly . If moving to Columbus, Ohio please email me to chat. I hope this helps.

  4. SDL Pool February 23, 2020 at 11:31 pm -

    I always recommend to clean the concrete and outside of the house with a pressure wash. This helped me tremendously when selling houses.