HOW TO ADD VALUE TO YOUR HOME

This is a great time to be selling a house. About 5.6 million homes sold in the United States so far in 2015, up about 8.8% in the last year. Many home improvement projects add value to your home but some don’t. These are some of the top things you can do to add value to your home?

Paint, Lighting & Repair

One of the easiest, cost-effective improvements for your home is paint! Freshly painted rooms look clean and updated. Just remember neutrals are more appealing to most people.

Let in the light, no one likes a dark living space. Replace heavy closed draperies with vertical blinds or shutters. High wattage bulbs make small spaces feel larger, and soft lighting brings warmth to empty spaces. Add new energy-efficient fixtures or recessed lighting in the kitchen and bathrooms to brighten the area up and simple touches like dimmer switches make a dramatic change to any room.

Walk around your home and make a list of all the little things that are broken or in need of repair (repair plumbing leaks, replace rusty rain gutters, replace or repair leaky windows). Small repairs may not seem important, but added up all the small repairs will create the impression that your home has been neglected.

Kitchen

You don’t have to do large, expensive renovations to your kitchen. Even small kitchen updates will add big value to your home.

  • Change the paint.
  • New Faucet
  • Reface cabinet doors
  • New cabinet door handles
  • Tile back splash.
  • Go stainless steel.
  • If you don’t already have an island, add a rolling island.
  • Hang a pot rack with fresh new pots, pans and a hanging wine bottle holder.

Bath

Next to the kitchen, the bath is one of the easiest areas to do small update to add value to your home.

  • New vanity
  • New light fixtures (wall mounts to add warmth)
  • New Tile Floor
  • Go granite or marble with your counter tops
  • Heated floors
  • Upgrade your shower with body sprays and stone surround tile
  • New grout
  • Crown Molding
  • New mirror
  • Update doorknobs and cabinet pulls
  • New faucets
  • New toilet (or just a new toilet seat can make a difference).

Curb Appeal

Does your home look attractive, welcoming and structurally sound at first glance? One of the most important factors in selling your home is making sure it has “curb appeal,”

  • Paint Your Front Door, Trim, or Shutters on Your House
  • Upgrade Your Mailbox
  • Install New House Numbers
  • Replace Exterior Light Fixtures
  • Prune, Limb, and Landscape
  • Accentuate your walkway with flowers or lanterns
  • Replacing your garage door
  • Add some color with planters
  • Don’t forget the side and rear views

Outdoor Space

Outdoor space has become very popular so everyone wants a great outdoor space. Decks are great additions because they expand your living space outside. Wood decks offer one of the highest returns on investment of any home improvement project. Define your seating area by creating an outdoor room. Whether you’re designing a fully loaded, outdoor kitchen/dining area or simply installing a pergola with some built-in benches, it increases the value of your property. Of course, fire pits are the “hottest” thing in landscaping right now. They are both practical (warming an outdoor space on chilly fall evenings) and fun.

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