Tips on how to increase your home’s value
It’s always good to think about improving your home’s value even when there is no immediate need to sell it. The good thing about this is, it’s not always as expensive or as complicated as one would think. Even the simplest upgrade can have a positive impact on your home and add value to it in the long run.
Here are a few tips that range from changing the tiniest detail to a few major renovations.
- Browse for inspiration
Ideas are everywhere! Spend an hour or two with a simple search online or flip through interior decorating books and magazines. Adding a few tiny touches in select rooms can really accentuate the space.
For example, add poetry to a breakfast nook with charming drop lights, or create a focal point in the living room by selecting a personal art piece that speaks to your interests and aesthetic. Many of these ideas do not require shelling out hundreds of dollars. The secret? Upcycle what you have and get your creativity flowing.
- Be diligent in keeping your home clean and fresh
The more regularly you clean your house, the easier it will be to maintain. When it comes time to sell, this can reduce the preparation you have to make to get your home market ready.
Start from the inside out. Clear closets of items that you no longer use. One rule of thumb to follow is, if an item has not been used for six months, toss it. Forget about hoarding things thinking they may come in handy later. Many of these items become fire hazards and places where rodents and pests might gather.
Clean the floor. Get rid of the dirt build-up and any possible stains on your carpets, tiles, or wood flooring. This does not only improve the overall look of your space, it also reduces sources of bacteria around the home.
Make your home feel new again with a brand-new coat of paint. Accent walls are a good way to delineate one area of the house from another, not to mention adding a focal point to a room. Perhaps your kitchen can use a bit of sprucing up. Do a once-over around the house to see which area would benefit the most from a wash of color. If bold or vibrant is not your thing, you can still freshen things up a bit with a coat of neutral color. Doing this will take off years in your living space, making it look and feel new again.
- Always think about curb appeal
Remove dead plants, leaves and bushes. They might have become invisible to you, especially when you’ve lived in the house for a while, but to fresh eyes, dead plants and bushes in your front lawn is a turn off. Clearing away the dried leaves strewn across the lawn, as well as removing planters with lifeless plants, can quickly revitalize your landscaping without breaking the bank.
Consider a new door. A fresh coat of paint for your front door can instantly transform the look and feel of your home. Do some research on stains and washes that are suitable for your current door. Alternatively, consider installing a brand-new door to give your exterior an instant makeover.
- Improve energy efficiency
Inspect the fixtures around your home and see which ones need to be switched out and/or repaired. Get rid of cold, white fluorescent lighting and opt for softer, warmer, and more energy-efficient bulbs. Additionally, adding or upgrading smoke alarms and CO detectors can make your home more appealing. Buyers will be paying attention to details like this.
Recent breakthroughs in home technology have resulted in energy efficient installations and appliances that can significantly reduce utility bills. These features are highly sought after by buyers today, and are a great way to add value to your property.
- Repair broken gutters and weather damaged roofing
The wear and tear on your roof and gutters can become a huge burden if not attended to right away. Make sure these get regularly inspected so that debris can be cleared away and repairs can be done in a timely manner. If detected in a home inspection, roofing problems can cost you the sale of your home or lower your property’s value.
- Upgrade the bathroom
If you’re looking for a major upgrade for your home, making changes to your bathroom will be worth it. Update with modern fixtures, install a better showerhead, and most of all, replace old plumbing. There are bathroom upgrades available for less than $1000 that can go a long way in improving your home’s value.
Sell your home at the most profitable price
Selling your home in Brazos County, Texas? Get more tips and expert guidance from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Caliber Realty. Our team has over forty years of experience with residential and commercial real estate and we can help you get the best possible profit from your property. Call us today at 979.694.8844 or email us at sales(at)bhhscaliber(dotted)comm.