Last year, COVID-19 truly changed how we sold homes. Fortunately, the Havasu real estate market stayed strong. Buyers still look for homes. But a seller’s market does not mean your real estate in Lake Havasu will be snatched up no matter what condition it is in. To compete with other sellers, you need your home to look its best. Fortunately, that does not mean you need to break the bank to do so. Here are a few of the more budget-friendly home upgrades sellers need to focus on if they want a buyer to purchase their property in a post-pandemic world.
Budget-Friendly Home Upgrades
Deep Clean Your Home
While not an “upgrade” per se, every home needs a good deep clean every so often, especially before you put it on the Havasu real estate market. This budget-friendly home “upgrade” costs just a few hundred dollars if you hire a professional…less if you do it yourself. Carpets, upholstery, walls, baseboards, cupboards, windows, and ceilings should all be included on the list of what to clean.
New Front Door
Sometimes, all your door needs to look brand new is a fresh coat of paint and some new hardware. This budget-friendly home upgrade costs maybe a couple hundred dollars and takes less than a day to complete. But if your budget allows and you really want to make a statement, a brand new door gives your curb appeal a boost. However, that can cost you $1000 or more.
Public restrooms have utilized touchless faucets for years. Now, that technology can easily be installed in the kitchens and bathrooms of your real estate in Lake Havasu. The demand for household bidets shot up last year thanks in large part to the toilet paper shortage we experienced. The Strategist offers their opinion of the 13 Best Bidets in 2021. These are extremely sanitary, eco-friendly, and very easy to install. Another germ-infested place you might not think about is your light switches. How often do we turn off and on our lights? How many dirty hands touch these on a daily basis? Consider installing a smart lighting system that stops the touching and decreases your energy costs. Finally, what about the germs in the air? A fresh air system brings clean air into the home every couple of hours. This allows good circulation and elimination of old air.
Bathroom and Kitchen Upgrades
A little more pricey but still on the more budget-friendly home upgrade side of things are upgrades in the kitchen and bathroom of your real estate in Lake Havasu. Instead of spending $30,000 to $40,000 for a complete reno, start with resurfacing or painting the cabinets in your kitchen and adding nice hardware. Change up or add a backsplash. Replace those old Formica countertops with marble, granite, quartz, or soapstone. In the bathroom, a new mirror, light fixture, vanity, and some fresh paint transforms it into a whole new space for a few thousand dollars.
Home Office is a Must
Home offices were considered a luxury in the past in the Havasu real estate market. They ended up being a place where most people paid their bills, answered email, and kept their valuable paperwork. However, home office use spiked when companies began sending their employees home to work. Dedicated home office space is now a must for today’s buyers. So spending some time and a little bit of money transforming an area of your home or an entire bedroom into a home office is a smart budget-friendly home upgrade you should consider in your real estate in Lake Havasu. Install shelving and add proper office furniture (desk, chair, etc). For a couple hundred dollars, you now have an office that appeals to today’s buyers.
Outdoor Living Space
Finally, one of the things that this pandemic taught us is that no matter how large our real estate in Lake Havasu may be, we still need a good healthy dose of fresh air. Outdoor living spaces became even more important in 2020. And today’s buyers in the Havasu real estate market want to see a home with great backyard appeal. Add a fire pit and barbecue area (or kitchen if your budget allows). Throw in some comfy furniture and a nice fan in the patio area to cool things off.
Alexis Steel – 928-303-2199
Keller Williams Arizona Living Realty
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