5 Affordable Ways To Increase The Value Of Your Home
Putting your home on the market has the ability to be both an exciting and stressful time. One of the things that makes it easier is when you know you’re going to get as much money for your home as possible. Every home has something that can be done to it to increase the value. Usually these fixes are small and don’t cost a lot of money. Even if you believe your home needs considerable work to maximize your profits, there are plenty of inexpensive things that you can do that will make your home sell quickly, and get you the money you deserve.
Make your Kitchen Shine
The heart of your home is the kitchen. This is the room where people envision family gatherings, parties, and general day-to-day life more than any other room. In some cases, the decision to buy a home will even come down to how much the kitchen satisfies the potential buyer. If you don’t have the money to buy new state of the art appliances or new cabinets, don’t fret. There is still plenty you can do to make an older kitchen look great. A can of paint in a neutral color can make older cupboards appear new! While cupboards might be expensive, consider swapping out the handles for a newer design, which will also give the kitchen some added pizzazz. It’s the little details that matter the most, so rather than concentrating on the largest parts of the room, look at all the little things you can do and you’ll be shocked to see how they add up for your prospective buyers.
Brighten Up the Bathroom
While the kitchen might be the most important room in the house, you can bet that people will pay plenty of attention to how they feel about the bathrooms in your home, as well. One inexpensive thing to make your bathroom shine is just to make sure it’s freshly clean. Make sure there is no grime in the grout and everything is spic and span. This fix is not only the cheapest one you can find. It is one of your best shots at making your bathroom look its best. If you have a little more money you could replace the fixtures to your sink and/or tub and consider purchasing a new shower faucet. These small fixes will make your bathroom look and feel new without breaking your bank.
Pay Attention to Lighting
Take a picture of your home in the dark and another when it is properly lit. Chances are, you’re going to appreciate the photo taken in the light much better. Make sure your windows are open and that your home is bathed in light when you’re showing it. You can go a step further by evaluating your lighting fixtures for an even bigger fix. Light fixtures are inexpensive, and they add beautiful, decorative detail to each room. If your fixtures are outdated or unattractive, replacing them is an easy fix that can offer a dramatic change to a room for very little money.
Remember that Curb Appeal is Your First Impression
Potential buyers will begin to form an opinion about your home the minute they pull into the driveway. Don’t let that chance go to waste. A lot of this can have to do with maintenance. Make sure grass is cut and/or snow is shoveled. If it’s fall, make sure the leaves are raked. If you have shrubs and other greenery, make sure everything is properly trimmed and so the exterior of your home can look its best. Once these things are done, there are plenty of other cost effective ways to make a dramatic impression when it comes to curb appeal. The addition of either potted plants or flowers can help to increase the beauty of a home immediately. Some mulch around the outside of the home is an inexpensive option also. If you have a little more money, adding things like bird feeders or even a new mailbox can also help make any yard beautiful.
Consider how Buyers will see your Home
If you still live in the house, the best thing you can do before you show it is to make sure that it’s free of clutter. Having the home lived in isn’t a bad thing, but buyers need to be able to see themselves living in your home. It’s hard for them to get that visual image if the house is filled to the brim with your stuff. The best thing you can do is make sure that your home is clean and free of clutter. If you’re not in the home, consider that along with sight, smell is going to be a powerful motivator. Things like fresh flowers, fresh baked cookies, or even some nice smelling wax melts can fill the home with pleasing aromas and make buyers view your home in a completely different light.
These are just a few things that can be done to increase the value on your home without breaking your bank. They could also mean the difference between your home being sold in a flash or having it spend a significant amount of time on the market.