Selling your home is just as much of a challenge as buying one – especially when you’re personally invested in a piece of property that’s filled with memories.
While you don’t want your emotion to get in the way of pricing your home correctly, you can increase the value of your home in practical and affordable ways.
One of the key things you need to make sure of s the condition of the property. Is it in good shape? Are you making the necessary repairs when the need arises? Do you keep it spic and span?
Your home will not just look good to prospective buyers, maintenance and upgrades will also help increase the value of your home. Even if you’re not selling anytime soon, fixing up your home is still a good idea because you’ll be creating a comfortable, livable space for you and your family.
Here are a few quick ways to increase the value of your home without shelling out too much cash.
- Update your kitchens and bathrooms
This sounds like a major undertaking that requires a lot of time and money, but sometimes, all the bathroom needs are touch-ups. Replace fixtures like faucets, towel racks and drawer pulls; paint cabinet doors, and apply fresh caulking. You can also replace your shower heads with low-flow models featuring adjustable spray settings to save water.
- Enhance landscaping
You can plant trees in your yard; findings show that trees increase a home’s value by 15%. Alternatively, you can plant shrubs around your garden to increase your home’s curb appeal.
Keeping your home clutter-free creates the impression of a relaxed, open space and looks more attractive to buyers. You can work with a professional organizer to help you figure out how best to store and display your items or add shelving to your house to keep clutter off the floor.
- Power wash the exterior
A good coat of paint might seem like the best solution in many cases, but sometimes, your home’s exterior just needs a good power washing to strip off surface dirt and grime.
- Make everything lighter and brighter
Do away with dark, heavy drapery and go for shades and shutters that allow light to filter easily into your space.
- Fix your floors
You don’t have to rip out your carpeting or install new floors. Perhaps your carpet just needs to be shampooed, or maybe a few nails can fix those creaky floorboards. Or, you can get rid of your carpeting to expose the hardwood floors beneath. Get a job estimate from contractors.
- Clean your house
And by this, we mean paying attention to details like dirty windows, unpolished front door hardware (after all, your front door is one of the first things potential buyers will see), discolored grout and tiles in the bathroom, and the grime that accumulates behind kitchen appliances.
- Don’t forget to make fixes and replacements as needed
Whether it’s a few broken handles that need to be replaced or something a little more serious like electrical wiring issues, it’s always a good idea to take care of repairs right away to prevent problems from getting worse.