23 Aug 5 Improvements You Can Make to Increase Your Home’s Value
When it comes to selling your house, you want to make money. In most markets housing prices increase over time, but if you’re selling pretty soon after you bought, or just want to increase the price when you sell, you’ll probably need to make a few improvements. Although there are thousands of improvements you can make to a house, ranging from changing faucets to complete remodels, there are a few changes that give pretty good bang for your buck.
Here are 5 great improvements you can make to increase the value of your home:
Update your lighting
Upgrading to better lighting is a fairly easy change, and it makes a huge difference. When a home has outdated lighting it can seem dark, cramped and depressing. Getting brighter lights, track lighting, and using built in lights instead of lamps can make a home look much newer and more welcoming.
If you’re looking for a place to start, this is a great option. It’s pretty low cost, and yields big dividends.
Update your flooring
This is another cosmetic change that can make a house look 20 years newer almost overnight. Old carpets, or tiles with odd colors often make a home look like it’s stuck in a time warp. No one wants to buy a house that looks like it’s being used as a set piece for a disco movie, so do yourself and your home a favor, and rip out the old floors and put in hardwood or synthetic hardwood flooring.
Update your kitchen
The kitchen is the main selling point of a home for many people. If you haven’t touched your kitchen in several years, it might still have older appliances and generally unappealing design. New cabinets, counter tops and backsplash can instantly change the feel in your kitchen.
It’s the difference between someone wanting to cook meals for their family in your kitchen, and wanting to order takeout. Make your kitchen look great, and you’ll get better offers.
Landscape your yard
Curb appeal is huge. If you’ve been wanting to get to landscaping your yard for years, but haven’t gotten around to it, now’s the time. Your yard, and in particular your front yard, are the first thing people see when they arrive at the house. Is it welcoming? Is it the kind of place someone wants to come home to? Is it the kind of place someone would want their friends to come to? If not, get to work.
Doing some basic landscaping tasks can really make your house more appealing to buyers. If the yard looks like it needs work, potential buyers might just see dollar signs. Make your yard beautiful and they’ll see a home instead.
This is probably the easiest thing to do. Any house that’s been lived in will have paint needs. Scratches from pets, chips missing from furniture and crayons from kids all take their toll. Although it’s all part of normal wear and tear, someone looking to buy wants a house that’s move-in ready, not a paint project. Help them and yourself out; give the house a fresh coat of paint and you’ll get more, and better offers. Aesthetics matter.