Are you looking for ways to improve the value of your home before putting it up for sale? Well, whether you are preparing to sell your home or want to spruce it up without spending too much, there are many things you can consider doing.
The actual cost as well as payback for each of these projects will vary based on the current state of your home. Here are simple upgrades that can add a few thousands to the value of your home.
- Make your kitchen more functional – The kitchen is the heart of the home. Consequently, the majority of homebuyers will give this room a priority when viewing property before making the decision to purchase. Therefore, you need to ensure that your kitchen is more functional, clean and reasonably updated.
You can replace the faucet, add a new cabinet door handles as well as update old lighting fixtures with more energy efficient ones that are energy efficient. You can also give the cabinets a makeover if your budget is slightly larger.
- Give the major appliances a facelift – If your kitchen appliances do not match, you can replace the doors or even face panels with new ones. This injects a fresh lease of life into the appliances as well as the home. Consequently, it makes a big difference in the mind of the buyer in addition to adding to the value of the home.
- Buff up the bath – Apart from the bathrooms, kitchen are usually the most essential rooms to upgrade albeit without lots cash. Simple things such as a pedestal sink and a new toilet are quite easy for homeowners to install and they make a big difference to the way the bath looks. If the bathroom floor is discolored and old, you can replace with a small piece of sheet vinyl or easy to apply vinyl tiles.
If your shower and bath are looking dingy, you may consider regrouting the tiles and replacing the tiles that are chipped. You may also opt for a prefabricated tub and shower surround. While these may require professional installation, they are cheaper than re-tiling.
- Step up your storage – If your house is old, it might be lacking adequate storage space. If the storage is cramped, you can consider introducing a DIY wire and laminate closet system to the bedrooms, entry closets and pantries. Eventually, you will have a closet that is more functional. This will be more appealing to potential buyers that are ready to buy.
- Add a room – If your home has three bedrooms and a den, then the only reason the den is not considered a bedroom is because it lacks a closet. Thus, when you add a closet you can convert it into a fourth bedroom thus adding a lot of value to the property.
- Replace the lighting fixtures – If your living room and dining lights are recessed and boring, you can replace them with eye-catching chandeliers that are inexpensive. You can find affordable but good looking ceiling fixtures to replace the old ones. Giving your home a big and nice piece of hardware on the front door signifies that your home is solid.
- Improve your curb appeal – While this may sound cliché, a lawn that is nicely mowed with well-spaced shrubs makes for a lasting first impression. What prospective buyers see when they come to your home is important.
Well, you do not have to spend a fortune if you want to increase the value of your home. Instead, think of important yet affordable upgrades that can add a few thousands to the value of your property and go for it.