The hot and humid climate of Orlando presents unique opportunities for home sellers to capitalize on the value of pre-listing home improvements. From everyday damage to hurricane damage, Orlando homes experience wear and tear differently. Real estate agents and their sellers should know which home improvements will result in a faster and more profitable sale. We’re excited to share the updates that result in the highest returns for sellers!
Pre-listing home improvement tips for Orlando homeowners
Every home selling checklist should have deferred maintenance on it. Simply put, today’s buyers are searching for move-in ready homes that won’t require home improvement projects. Even in a seller’s market, tackling deferred maintenance is a must. A lack of doing so could result in less offers and red flags during the inspection.
The Orlando, Florida housing market is hot and, unsurprisingly, prone to mold. The humid climate, paired with frequent storms, means mold and mildew can make its way into even the most cared for homes. Mold is something potential buyers will certainly notice — either by sight or smell. If you know of a mold or mildew issue in your home, it’s important to get it taken care of before listing to avoid making potential buyers run for the hills.
Spruce up outdoor spaces
Many people move to Florida specifically for the warm weather and the ability to spend more time outside. Plus, the global pandemic has left people nationwide wanting more outdoor space for relaxing and entertaining guests. Pay attention to your home’s curb appeal because it matters for both photos as well as buyers’ first impression upon visiting the property. Don’t stop home improvements after sprucing up your landscaping, though. Stage your backyard to ensure that it’s seen in the best light by prospective buyers in the Orlando market. You want them to envision themselves there! Below, you can see a beautiful backyard transformation Curbio carried out in Palm Beach.
Carpet only has a life span of 5-15 years. If your carpet is worn down, stained, or otherwise damaged, replacing it before selling is key to ensuring your home sale is successful. It’s important to note that your carpet does not need to be replaced with more carpet. In fact, due to the hot and humid climate in Orlando, many homeowners and home buyers prefer tile, hardwood, or luxury vinyl tile over carpet.
Choosing which flooring material to go with for your pre-listing updates is easy when you work with Curbio. With input from sellers and real estate agents, we’ll determine which home improvements are best to get properties sold in the Orlando market. We also determine which materials are best to use based on what’s popular with Orlando homebuyers. With Curbio, sellers don’t pay until closing. Work with us to avoid spending the cash you have on-hand before selling.
Roof repairs and replacements
Due to harsh winds from tropical storms and hurricanes, Orlando-area roofs generally have more damage than the average American home. These circumstances create tension between homeowners and home insurance companies. A younger, undamaged roof isn’t only desirable for its remaining lifespan, but also for its insurability. This means that repairing or replacing your roof is likely to increase home value.
Unless your roof is brand new, it’s likely worth ordering a pre-listing inspection to determine if it needs repairs or a replacement. This will help you avoid issues with your inspection that could put your home sale on the line.
Just like roofs, other exterior features also experience more damage than average due to stormy conditions in Orlando. From repairing stucco and preventing water from seeping into cracks to repainting siding damaged by humid and windy weather conditions, there’s a lot for sellers to consider before listing. While worn-down exterior paint is generally considered normal wear and tear, if your home’s exterior is worn, sellers may worry about the condition of the entire home.
Kitchens are and always will be a focal point for home buyers. Pair the importance of kitchens with the variety in design trends over the course of history, and it’s no surprise that home sellers can often make significantly more money from the sale of their home by making some home improvements in this room.
Updating a kitchen doesn’t always mean ripping and replacing everything. To save time and money while still achieving a sleek, modern look, Curbio will frequently paint cabinets and swap hardware (like we did in the photos below). Of course, we can handle a full remodel, too, if that’s what’s necessary to achieve your home sale goals.
Bathrooms weren’t always as much of a focal point as they are today. With self-care trending, homebuyers are looking for more than just a basic bathroom. Modern tile, furniture-style vanities, large showers, and soaker tubs are trending, making them good options for a bathroom refresh. You and your agent can work with Curbio to determine exactly which upgrades will help maximize profits from your home sale.
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