Home Improvements That Add Value

Increase Value of Home
How to Increase The Value of Your Home

My wife is always looking for the next big home improvement project to do around our house. I try and run away, but she always manages to get her way!

As much as I don’t like to do home improvement projects, they can be an excellent way of increasing the value of your home. Besides the increase in value, the right remodels can make a house look fantastic.

So let’s talk about getting the most bang for your buck when it comes to fixing up your house!

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Curb Appeal

Curb appeal refers to everything you see from the curb of your street. Updating the outside of your home is the most important step for anyone looking to sell because it’s going to be the first impression.

You may have a house that looks like a five-star resort on the inside, but you won’t get anyone interested in buying your house if they won’t even enter! Make sure your yard is mowed, your house is clean looking, flowers are planted, and bushes are trimmed nicely.

Kitchen

Inside of your house, the kitchen is the number one most significant room to attract potential buyers. People want a beautiful kitchen because they want to feel like they can cook and entertain guests.

If your kitchen looks like it’s from the 1950’s, then a kitchen renovation is a must! One of the biggest ways to change the look of a kitchen is through cabinetry.

Cabinetry takes up a large area of your kitchen space, giving your kitchen a distinct look. Make sure the walls of your kitchen look good with a fresh coat of paint, removing any old wallpaper, and add a backsplash to add some character.

Bathroom

Your bathroom goes through a lot of wear and is one of the most easily damaged rooms because water is hard on a house. You may not spend a ton of time in the bathroom, but your potential buyers will not be impressed if it looks like the bathroom needs a lot of work.

You’ll want to clean the grout and remove anything that is rusty. Adding the right shower curtain makes a tremendous impact because it is essentially a large piece of artwork that covers up the mess behind it, setting the atmosphere.

If you can swing it, make sure the master bathroom has two sinks regardless of how much space is between them. One sink is often a deal breaker for potential homebuyers, and they don’t care how much space is between them if they currently only have one!

Add Storage

Old homes don’t have a lot of storage because back in the day no one owned as much stuff as modern people currently buy! You can never have too much storage and adding more storage is always a plus for potential homebuyers.

Sheds are an excellent way of adding a lot of storage to the property, but you will also need good inside storage. There are a lot of great ideas for adding storage to your house on Pinterest.

Fresh Paint

New paint is by far one of the easiest and most cost effective ways of adding value to your house. Over the years your walls will begin to look scuffed and might have indents in the drywall.

Unfortunately, homebuyers will notice these marks and can turn their mood on the place. Painting will cover the unpleasantness while bringing fresh life to the room.

Fortunately, paint is relatively cheap. Try and stick with neutral colors, as the majority of people prefer neutral tones. Painting the exterior of your house can be a bit more expensive, but is recommended due to the increase in curb appeal.

Create Better Lighting

Lighting has a powerful effect which can make you feel either trapped in a dungeon or out on a sandy beach. No one wants to live in a dark and dreary place. Go through your house and find out what rooms need better lighting or what fixtures look awful.

The light bulbs you choose are also crucial because they mimic different lighting. I always go with the daylight bulbs because they tend to increase mood. However, I may leave in some dimmer lights throughout the house because the daylight bulbs can make it hard to sleep when your brain sees artificial daylight before bed.

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Look for Energy Savers

There are a lot of energy saving upgrades that can help sell a house. New homebuyers relish in the fact that the home they are about to buy will save them money, even though they have to pay for it upfront.

Some energy saving upgrades to look for include:

Energy Star appliances
LED light bulbs
Energy efficient windows
Smart thermostats

 

What are your remodeling tips for people looking to increase the value of their home? Please share them with us in the comments below!