Everyone has heard that you can increase the value of your home by making improvements, but many people spend money making improvements that won’t actually give them a good return on investment. Before renovating your home, consider whether you are making changes for your enjoyment or to increase your home’s value. If you have the latter goal, research any improvement you want to make to know whether home buyers will pay more for it and how much to spend. This post will tell you nine things to do that will increase the value of your home.
Decluttering and Cleaning
A cluttered home is more difficult to sell. Home buyers will walk in and feel the home is smaller than it is or that it isn’t well cared for. You don’t have to wait until you’re about to sell the home either. The sooner you declutter, the easier it will be to maintain up to and in preparation for the move. Dirty homes can also become harder to clean or suffer damage, so it’s better to clean sooner rather than later. If you need to hire someone to help you with this task, know that it’s a relatively inexpensive investment in your home.
Adding Usable Space
This is both an emotional decision and a practical one. Home buyers feel a home has more value when there is more usable space, such as a converted basement or attic or the addition of a deck. It is also a practical choice because homes are priced based on livable square feet.
Increase Energy Efficiency
Whether new home buyers are motivated by the climate or for their wallets, energy efficiency is desirable to all. Switching to energy-efficient windows, installing a smart thermostat, installing energy-efficient appliances, and adding insulation are great investments.
Painting the interior or exterior of your home is a wise improvement. Old or oddly-colored paint can detract from the home’s value. If your paint doesn’t look great or it screams you and your family, you should probably update it. Neutrals like off-white and “greige” are the most popular paint colors for new homes.
Think Outside The Home
Curb appeal and landscaping have a noteworthy impact on the value of the home. Wash the windows, powerwash wherever necessary, mow the lawn, and consider adding in or upgrading to new landscaping features that anyone would love.
Upgrade Exterior Doors
Your front door and your garage door are highly visible and important parts of your home. Upgrading to newer or more attractive doors is a wise improvement.
Refinish or Install Wood Floors
Wood floors are major selling points in a home. If you don’t have them, installing them is a good idea. If you do have them, make sure they are in their best shape.
Upgrade The Kitchen
The kitchen is the most important room to work on. People spend a great deal of their time in the kitchen, and the features in it have more impact on their satisfaction with the home. You might create more usable space, upgrade the countertops or cabinets, or add more lighting.
Adding lights, fixing undesirable issues, and adding rods and shelves can have a surprising impact on the value of your home. Closet space has long been an attractive quality in a home, and it only becomes more so with time.
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