How to Maximize Your Knoxville Home Value Before Selling

If you are preparing a home to sell in Knoxville, TN, no doubt you are planning to get the best possible price. You know better than to sell the house as-is, with all its little scuffs and flaws, but you also don't want to overspend on major renovations that won't pay off. The question is: Which home improvements will get the best ROI (return on investment) and help you maximize your Knoxville home's value before selling.

At Jake's, we've run the numbers and can tell you exactly which home improvements will get the best wow-factor with your buyers while spending less than you make in the final sale price.

Small Repairs and Improvements

One of the best projects you can take on is a wave of little improvements. Sometimes, all you need is a screwdriver. Others, a quick trip to the hardware store can help you make your home seem fresh, welcoming, and in top condition. Look for opportunities to do small repairs around the house.

Tighten loose doorknobs. Caulk around rattling windows and replace the weather stripping around doors. Replace a fading lightbulb and straighten the hinges on each door. A little detail work can go a long way from taking your home from "lived-in" to "almost new" in how it feels to your buyers when they tour.

Minor Bathroom Renovation

If you're thinking about a renovation or remodel, focus on the bathrooms. Very small bathroom remodel projects are one of the few (very few) renovations that can achieve 100% or slightly greater ROI. The best bathroom remodels are those that take a clearly outdated bathroom into the current decade. New faucets, cabinet doors, and refreshing outdated tiling are often all you need to make an old bathroom feel and function like a much newer bathroom.

That said, any very minor renovation around the house that can take your home from 'outdated' to 'modern' is going to have the best ROI and achieve the most value-adding impact with your buyers.

Landscaping Upgrades

Landscaping is almost always a valuable investment, if your home has a lawn to landscape. It's not just about curb appeal these days, but also the whole-home experience you are creating for future buyers. People spend more time at home these days, and landscaping the backyard as an oasis is almost as valuable as wow-worthy curb appeal. 

Just cleaning up the edges and attractively arranging a few eye-catching plants can go a long way. But we also suggest artfully arranging patio furniture to create the feeling of a relaxing lifestyle both inside and outside the home. 

If you don't have a lot of lawn, use planters to make the front porch and back patio feel beautiful and welcoming.

A Fresh Coat of Paint

Fresh paint also has a way of making any home feel like new, and is known to have the greatest ROI when it comes to minor home improvement. A fresh coat of paint allows you to update the home's color scheme for buyers modern styles while covering over any scuffs or imperfections that a busy life in the home had created. 

The best effect is achieved when you use professional methods of detailed tape work and beautifully accenting trim as well as a fresh coat over each wall. Create a subtle difference in color palette from room to room, and choose colors that work well with your existing architectural features like exposed beams or brick. This will make buyers feel that the home is a beautiful blank canvas, ready for them to write a new chapter in each elegantly painted room.

Get Your Home Ready to Sell with Jake's Affordable Painting

If you're looking for the best ROI on home improvement before selling your house, Jake's Affordable Painting specializes in expert quality home painting at prices that won't feel like renovation. We will work with you to update your home's color palette and bring out its best features to help dazzle your buyers and increase bid prices. Contact us today to get started with a consultation on the ideal painting updates to prepare your house for the market.