Wednesday, October 30, 2019 / by Dennis Isip
Are you on the fence between selling your home vs. remodeling? Let me tell you about those features and amenities that entice Spokane real estate buyers to make more than full price offers.
The kitchen is definitely the first place to consider any remodeling. You have a lot of budget options to choose from, to increase the value of your Spokane home.
Painted kitchen cabinets are very much in demand: white, grey or dark chocolate are the safe bets. Wood stain or varnish is definitely out, although it is still acceptable to some of the older generation. Replacing the cabinets is one of the most expensive options, and repainting them yourself will be easiest on your wallet. In fact, there are repainting kits now available on the market specifically for do-it-yourself homeowners.
To match your new cabinets, new kitchen counters are appropriate. Quartz countertops are the ideal, but expensive upgrades. They are much more durable than the previously popular marble counters. If you currently have laminate surfaces, a budget option is to simply apply an epoxy that actually seals the surface, making it heat resistant, and non-porous. Actually, painting it with any color or design, before the epoxy is applied is now becoming a popular, inexpensive option. You can get the marble-look without the corresponding big budget expense.
The final touch you’ll need in the kitchen are stainless steel appliances, with the matching hardware of brushed nickel kitchen sink and faucet.
If you’re willing to go beyond the kitchen, consider matching the new look by upgrading your bathroom(s) with the same color, design and materials. Having that consistency will appeal to a lot more buyers when you eventually decide to sell your home.
A new roof is also very much valued by buyers. It is definitely an expensive option, however there are budget alternatives. Cleaning the roof and applying a special sealant is now available from a local company serving the Spokane real estate market. It extends the life of the roof by another 5 years at a fraction of the cost of total replacement.
Other upgrades that buyers want are:
Tankless gas water heater
Smart Home System that manages your home, including security and environmental controls.
White painted doors and door frames
By completing these upgrade projects, you can spend a few more years enjoying your home, and preparing it at the same time for when you eventually sell it down the road.