by Shari Held

It’s a seller’s market, but your home won’t net the highest price possible if it doesn’t have the right updates to make it as attractive as possible. The question is: What improvements will yield the best return for the investment and make homes stand out in the marketplace?

“Updating a kitchen or master bath – those things tend to really sell homes,” says Laura Turner, Broker/Owner of Laura Turner Realty Group with FC Tucker. Although pricy, updating countertops and replacing or refinishing the cabinetry is a good investment. Less expensive improvements such as changing out cabinetry hardware and lighting can also create a more modern vibe.

At the minimum, give every room in the home a fresh coat of paint and a thorough cleaning so your home is fresh and pristine. Turner suggests using neutral or timeless colors on everything from the walls to the kitchen cabinetry.

Avoid things that won’t necessarily give you a good return on your investment – laying new carpet or finishing a basement. New owners typically prefer to put their own stamp on these things.


Outdoor living spaces are becoming more important to buyers, but you don’t have to go over-the-top to achieve your goal. “An 8 x 10 concrete patio with shrubs for definition and landscaping can make your home look inviting,” Turner says.

Maximize your home’s curb appeal. Your front entrance will be welcoming if you put a fresh coat of paint on the door, trim the shrubs and bushes, add a pop of color with flowers or outdoor features, and spread fresh mulch. “Those are simple things that can make the house look polished,” Turner says.

Talk to Laura today if you’re considering selling your home and she will guide you on the best ways to increase its value and appeal to buyers. Visit her website at, or call (317) 363-0842 for more information.