Thinking of selling your home on O'ahu and looking to add a little value to your home before you do? Here are some great ideas for both minor and major home improvements that make your home stand out and impress buyers, so you're sure to get the most return on your valuable investment.
Improve Landscaping & Curb Appeal
First impressions are everything, so make sure your home looks great even from out in the road. Spend some time in the yard. Mow the lawn, prune shrubs, weed garden beds or plant bright-colored flowers, trim dead fronds from palms, and clear out your walkways. You might also consider power washing or painting the exterior of your house if it needs a facelift.
Address Maintenance Issues
If you know of any existing problems with your home—plumbing issues and leaks, rusty gutters, leaky windows or drafty doors—fix them before a buyer sets foot in your house. You don't want to have to disclose a list of maintenance problems to buyers, and you definitely don't want them to turn up in the home inspection.
Paint Interior Rooms
Make your home look newer, fresher, and cleaner just by painting the walls! Choose neutral colors over bright colors, and consider painting over any existing bold or bright colors that might not appeal to all home buyers.
Replace Light and Plumbing Hardware
Another easy way to make your home look newer is simply to replace interior hardware and fixtures such as faucets, doorknobs, cabinet pulls, and light figures. While you're at it, upgrade your lightbulbs to LED. Remember, high-wattage bulbs make spaces feel larger, while soft lighting brings warmth to empty spaces.
Update the Flooring
Refinished scuffed wood floors and have carpets professionally cleaned or even replaced with hardwoods or tiling. Repairs any cracks, breaks, or damages to existing tile flooring.
Create a Sense of Space
Buyers are often attracted to open floorplans and large, open spaces. Even if you don’t want to make any changes to the existing structure, you can make improvements by removing clutter and large or awkward furniture. Sometimes just rearranging furniture can make rooms look more open. If you want to undertake a small project, you can knock out a non-structural wall.
Make Partial Renovations
You don't have to redo an entire room, or even many any big changes, to make a big difference. Start with minor improvements and renovations. In the bathrooms, you can replace the tub, toilet, or sink and fixtures. In the kitchen, you might consider things like resurfacing cabinets and drawers, updating appliances, replacing the sink and fixtures, replacing old counters with laminate or granite, and adding resilient flooring.
Energy efficient is in! Consider hot new replacements for older heating and air conditioning systems or hot water heaters. Buyers love saving money on their monthly utility bills... and you'll get green tax credits back in installation costs. And you'll save money on your bills, too.
Don't Forget the Backyard or Outdoor Areas
It's Hawaii, so you know your buyers will be looking to spend some time enjoying the phenomenal weather. Spend some time cleaning up your lawn and landscaping, or perhaps giving the back porch, deck, or balcony some love. Don't underestimate the importance of outdoor spaces to buyers. You might even consider adding a patio area, if you don't have one, or installing a fire pit or outdoor cooking area. Have a deck or patio? Dress it up with some comfy furniture and even stage it for entertaining or enjoyment with a set table or stack of magazines.
Selling Your Home on O'ahu?
If you're thinking of selling your home on O'ahu, then it's time to contact RE/MAX Honolulu. We've got all the knowledge and resources you need to successfully list and sell your Hawaii home. So don't wait—let's get started today!