Home improvement tips for San Jose, California homeowners to attract buyers

Over the past couple of years, the housing market across the United States has been operating at all time highs which is why if you’ve been thinking of selling your home in San Jose, California, now is a great time to do so. While preparing your home for a sale may seem overwhelming, you can significantly boost the value of your home by tackling the relatively simple home improvement projects discussed below.

Upgrade your cabinets and built-in hardware

Upgrading your cabinet hardware is one of the simplest ways to give your kitchen, bathroom, and other spaces throughout your home a fresh look. The great thing about replacing cabinet hardware is that replacement parts generally cost a few dollars a piece and you can easily complete the entire upgrade process with a standard screwdriver. Towel racks, toilet paper holders, interior door knobs, and hinges also are all types of hardware that are relatively easy to refresh or replace. 

Touch up the entranceway and front of your home

Curb appeal is one of the most important parts of the home selling process to get right as you only have one chance to make a great first impression to buyers. A relatively simple way to make your home’s exterior look more elegant is to add hardscaping to your entranceway. This means adding pavers near your front entrance to create a defined entranceway.

Homeowners generally create defined entranceways using brick pavers, concrete pavers, and natural stone blocks. The ultimate goal of these efforts is to create a welcoming experience that provides an impression of warmth and grandness.

In addition to focusing on your home’s entranceway, you can make your home more attractive to buyers by freshening up your siding  by using a brush with bristles, garden hose, and general purpose cleaner to scrub the siding and rinse it down.

Don’t let code violations block a sale

One of the most dreaded terms a homeowner can hear during the home selling process is “code violation.” Although code violations sound like a serious matter that can derail a home sale, the violations happen all the time, however they’re relatively easy to remedy with the right strategy.

Common home code violations include:

  • Renovations made without permits: Some renovations don’t require permits, however, if you completed a renovation without required permits, you may have to pay a fine or demolish the structure if it does not meet code.
  • Incorrectly placed or missing smoke detectors: Smoke alarms should be in each level of the house and in each bedroom.
  • Handrails without returns: All handrails should end by turning into the wall so that clothing doesn’t get caught on the ends.
  • Improper bathroom exhaust fan venting: Bathroom exhaust fans should vent directly outside and not into an attic. 
  • Missing or defective ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI): Federal regulations require that outlets have a circuit breaker to shut off electricity if a ground fault occurs.


If all the above sounds overwhelming, you shouldn’t worry. If you hire a real estate agent to help with selling your home, they’ll be able to guide you through the entire home selling process and help you understand your options for remedying code violations in an efficient manner.