Top Projects to Better Your Home Value
Sometimes in order to sell a home, you need to put in a little extra work and money. You do not need to go wild with spending, however, as there are many DIY projects that homeowners can perform themselves that boost the perceived value of their homes. Below, we have listed seven projects that are proven to increase your home value and help you finally sell without breaking the bank.
Landscaping – Landscaping is important because it enhances the curb appeal of your home—and first impressions matter! When a buyer visits your home, the first thing they see is the front yard. Make sure your lawn is neatly mowed, your flower beds are watered and weeded, and trees and shrubs have been trimmed back to show more of your house’s exterior. Having an attractive front lawn can go a long way in enticing potential buyers, so do not neglect it!
Flooring – Replacing flooring may seem daunting, but making sure you fix any broken tiles or squeaky floorboards can drastically improve the value of your home. If you have any wall-to-wall carpeting, consider ripping it out and refinishing the floors underneath. Carpet is no longer a desirable feature, and can collect years of bacteria, skin cells, mold, and other particles that contribute to illnesses and asthma. Real estate experts say that hardwood flooring is the way to go if you want to impress buyers.
Update the Bathroom – One of the most important rooms to update, the first thing you’ll want to do is make sure the bathroom is clean. Remove rust, clean the grout, and re-caulk the bathtub. Second, you’ll want to be sure that its features aren’t outdated; consider replacing door and cabinet knobs, changing out the faucets, or putting in a new toilet (or even just a new toilet seat). Refreshing your bathroom with these simple steps will keep buyers interested.
Painting – It never hurts to put on a fresh coat of paint! Try repainting with calming, neutral colors that appeal to a broad audience. You don’t want your fuchsia bathroom to turn off potential buyers! And while you’re thinking about painting, consider repainting the exterior of your home if the paint is old and chipped, or upgrading to vinyl siding which will last longer with less upkeep.
Add Light – An easy update to your home that is popular with homebuyers is the dimmer switch. Upgrade old lighting fixtures to newer, modern ones and be sure to provide additional lighting in darker, windowless spaces. When showing your home, open the blinds and windows and do away with dark, heavy curtains: the more light and airflow in your home, the more appealing it becomes.
Update Kitchen Appliances – Updating the kitchen gets the greatest return on investment, and updating kitchen appliances can be one cost-effective way to do this without remodeling the entire space. Install stainless steel appliances such as a dishwasher or a new stove. This will give your kitchen a more modern feel.
Get Efficient – More and more homebuyers are interested in energy efficient homes. It would do you well to put in some additional insulation, install solar panels, or upgrade to heat pumps. Homebuyers care how much money they can save on utility bills, making greener homes a more attractive option. If you’re not sure where to start, we recommend getting a comprehensive energy audit. HEAT Squad offers low cost energy audits, where a certified energy auditor will come and assess your home, then tell you how to best remedy any problem areas.
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