Houses are increasing in value again. Many homeowners are looking at selling and they want to get the most out of their investment. If you want to capitalize on the value of your home, and increase that value, you can. Here are a few inexpensive tricks for increasing the value of your home that any smart broker knows and will agree are the best bet.
Small dark rooms are so yesterday. If you have a couple of walls that are not weight supporting, what would that area look like without them? Kitchens that open onto the dining room are great examples of this. By opening up that kitchen, maybe even taking out that old kitchen island, you can increase the value of the home and make the most important room in the house light and airy. Open plan living is what everyone wants these days, so tear down those walls and open up that floor plan in your home.
Your front door tells so much about your home. Take a good look at the front entrance and see how you might want to improve it. Simple things like making sure your doorbell works, cleaning up the surrounding area and the overhang to your front door and planting some welcoming flowers near the door are quick, inexpensive and make a difference.
Backyards should also be considered. One of the fastest ways to add value and increase the comfort of a home is to add a deck to the backyard. Make sure that you use pressure treated lumber when making that deck, to ensure that it lasts. And while you are planning that deck, why not add a few raised flower beds to go with it? Yard upgrades are still one of the fastest ways to add value to a home.
Finish Your Honey-Do List
Every homeowner has a list of things they mean to get around to for the home. It might be that squeak on the third stair or that leaky faucet in the laundry room. Be proactive, make a list of what needs to be done, and then do it. Put it in your smartphone calendar to get done and then check it off. It can be that old wallpaper from several decades back or the weather strips on the living room windows. Whatever your list is, take the non-gardening time of winter to get those home project done. Better now then all at once when you want to sell.
Tune Up instead of Upgrade
Everyone knows that kitchens and bathrooms are the two rooms that always seem to need upgrading when you want to put your home on the market. But they are also pretty expensive to upgrade. So why not simply spruce up these rooms instead? Survey that bathroom and start with simple things like cleaning and replacing grout on the tiles, updating doorknobs in cupboards, replacing old toilets and faucets with new ones. Make that toilet a low flush and you can get extra points. A few hundred dollars and a fresh coat of paint can change a bathroom overnight.