Updates Worth Making

Are you trying to update your Southeast Michigan home so you can sell it on the MLS? That’s a great idea, as buyers are attracted to fresh looking, up-to-date properties. 

But your budget isn’t infinite, and it can be hard to know what to fix, what to upgrade, and what to leave alone. 

After all, you don’t want to spend more money than you need to (or more than you’ll make back in the sale) to get your house ready for prospective buyers. 

At Mitten Made Properties, we’ve helped a lot of people sell their Metro Detroit homes fast for a fair price, and if you’re going the traditional route (that is, with a real estate agent and/or listing on the MLS), then here are some improvements that will give you the most bang for your buck.


It’s relatively inexpensive to repaint a home, and most people can do it themselves. A fresh coat of paint inside and outside can have a big impact on people’s first impression of the home, as long as you choose light, neutral colors. This is probably one of the first things you’ll want to tackle. 


What people see before they walk into a home is just as important as what they see inside. It sets their expectations and either leaves them with heightened anticipation or wary about what they’ll encounter when they walk in the front door. That doesn’t mean you need to redesign the entire yard, but a little bit of landscaping goes a long way. Trim hedges and prune low tree branches blocking a view of your home from the street, and plant some colorful, inexpensive annuals if the weather is right. Get rid of weeds, and keep your lawn cut and edged. 

Updated Flooring 

This is a more expensive update, but new flooring can definitely impress potential buyers. Consider updating your flooring, especially if your carpets and tiles are outdated or stained. At the very least, invest in a good steam cleaning to freshen and brighten carpets, and consider a DIY buff and coat of polyurethane on hardwood floors. 

Or Sell As-Is for Cash 

The more updates you make to your Metro Detroit home, the faster you’re going to sell and the more money you’re going to get… but this can also be a real headache. It takes time, energy, out-of-pocket money, and may displace your family for days at a time – will a higher selling price make it all worthwhile? Maybe, or maybe not. 

At Mitten Made Properties, we can buy your Michigan house as-is for cash (no updates needed!) and close within just a couple of weeks. We understand that the traditional route isn’t for everyone. Give us a call at (248) 883-3340 to get your fair cash offer and compare the bottom line. 

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