Come on, who doesn’t want to increase the value of their home? Especially cheaply and quickly? If you’re trying to sell, need to get your home appraised or just don’t want it to be “that house” in the neighborhood anymore, there are a number of changes you can consider making, ranging from big to little.
Up Your Curb Appeal
Get rid of the jungle – you want your property to look nice! Curb appeal is how appealing a home looks from the street, and it’s an essential element in your quest to make your property worth more.
Start by doing the simple things: mow your lawn on a regular basis and either clean up and upkeep or remove unused flower beds. Pick up any sticks that might have been littered across your yard and pull or spray for weeds. Paint anywhere that is starting to chip, whether on your doors, shutters or trim, and power wash any mold off your siding. Trim trees and bushes or remove them in favor of a new landscape design.
Make sure your front door looks attractive, so do things like painting the door and make sure your doorbell is working before showing your home. Buyers typically make up their minds very quickly when first arriving and you want that impression to be a good one.
Create More Space
Open floor plans are all the rage these days, and so adjusting the rooms in your house so they are less cluttered and look bigger than they actually are is going to boost the value of your home when you go to sell. You can also do this more drastically by knocking out walls to combine rooms or add on to your house.
Find more ways to let in natural light, whether that means installing skylights, sun tubes or larger windows in strategic locations. That will not only help you save money on your electrical bill but will also result in your home looking bigger and more open. Most importantly, it enhances the home’s appeal.
Keep Things Maintained
You maintain your car and your body, so why not your home? One of the biggest keys to keeping the price of your home up is to simply perform regular maintenance rather than putting it off. The problem with putting it off, whether for time or money reasons, is that little problem, such as clogged gutters, can become major problems if left to fester. In the case of clogged gutters, the water can go elsewhere and leak through your ceiling or flood your basement, potentially damaging the home’s structural integrity. That’s not a surprise you want your buyer to turn up!
Things you should look to do include replacing insulation in rooms that need it, repairing plumbing leaks, having big things like the furnace and the air conditioning inspected and replacing just about anything else that’s old, worn out or is an eyesore. Even little maintenance repairs here or there can add a couple thousand dollars to your home.
Renovate Your Kitchen
A sleek, modern kitchen really adds a lot to the appeal of a home that buyers are going to be willing to pay extra for, so if you can afford to renovate it entirely, doing so might be a very good option. Even little improvements, such as replacing cabinet handles and cleaning grout out of the tiles can make a world of difference.
If you can and wish to spare a bit more money to get more return on investment, then go for a full remodel and replace the countertops, flooring, and cabinets with something better. There are a number of materials to use and kitchen design trends change rather quickly, so weigh the pros and cons and go with something nice that matches the rest of your home.
Go For Energy Efficiency
Green living is in for a number of reasons, but most importantly it saves you money on your electricity bills in the long run. Green improvements on a home, such as energy-efficient lighting and solar panels, are always a good idea. New air conditioning and heating systems, as well as windows, can attract buyers looking for a more energy-efficient home and they’ll be willing to pay a little more for it.
Renovate Your Bathroom
Besides the kitchen, the bathrooms, particularly the master bath, are the other place to focus on in order to get more money for your home. Nearly every real estate agent and a broker will tell you renovations in those two rooms will make your home more valuable.
Bathroom updates, in particular, can be done effectively on the cheap. Clean out grout, put in clear glass rather than frosted glass, replace faucets and install a toilet that uses less water per flush. You can also go all out with a full modern renovation if you wish to put that kind of money into the home or if you aren’t planning on selling just yet but you’re looking to add beneficial features in a remodel. New toilet seats can even make a difference, and remember that walk-in showers are always desirable.
Redo The Walls
This doesn’t have to be a big ordeal – simply painting the walls to fix chipped paint can be enough. Removal of wallpapers, especially if old or peeling, in favor of walls painted a neutral color like beige or white can be a beneficial move as well. This is because buyers want to envision themselves in your space, so keep your personal taste out of it and let them imagine and do what they want with space. They’ll be willing to pay more for that flexibility.
Don’t Forget About Flooring
Most real estate agents recommend putting some effort towards the floors. Hardwood floors are in right now, so if you have old carpet, particularly if it’s stained, worn or smelly, it might be best to remove it. You don’t even necessarily have to replace it with hardwood flooring – you could also put in newer, nicer carpets. Though, again, keep things as neutral as possible so the buyer is free to imagine.
So if you’re getting ready to sell your home, seriously consider doing the things mentioned above in order to get a better selling price. Just little changes here and there can net you a higher price when you sell. By focusing on the right things, in just a few short weeks you can be ready to sell.