Expert tips for increasing the value of your home
Raising the Value
Increasing the value of your home can be a long and exhausting process, but, with a few tips from experts, it can be easier than you think. There are lots of low-cost upgrades that you can complete without breaking the bank, but also a few bigger projects that demand more investment. There’s no better way to upgrade your house than turning to experts and learning a few tricks that can help you accentuate your house’s best features. If you’re planning on putting it on the market, you should consider projects that will boost the value, design and functionality. Try not to stress too much over this and just follow these instructions.
Start with the budget
This is the first and the most important step in the entire process because what you can and can’t afford will allow you continue renovating or, alternatively, force you to stop at some point. You need to start by making an estimate of your home’s value and then investigating the prices of other properties in your neighborhood. This will help you estimate how much money you can invest without worrying whether it’s going to be worth it.
After that, you need to see if you can sell your house right away and actually make some money after paying for all the renovations. You can save a significant amount money by tackling projects on your own instead of hiring a professional and paying them for something you can do.
Paint, paint, paint
This is the cheapest, but one of the most valuable projects you can do around the house. Repainting a room will immediately give it a cleaner and more beautiful look, and you won’t have to invest too much money into it. Don’t spend too much time on picking colors, though, but opt for neutral tones that will help you to bring out the design of your interior. In addition to that, when you’re trying to incorporate new furniture, it’s much simpler to work with neutral shades than bright colors.
The same goes for your exterior: even if you think a vibrant color will make your house stand out from the others in your neighborhood, the end result is often quite opposite from that. If you don’t like neutral shades, you can go for some interesting combinations – gray and red, for instance, go well with any house design.
Kitchen remodeling is a must
A kitchen remodeling is key when upgrading your interior since this is the room that is going to make or break it for a potential buyer. A simple makeover of the cabinets will brighten up the entire kitchen and create a room for cooking and eating meals with your family.
When it comes to kitchen appliances, you can buy new models if you have enough money in your budget, or simply fix your old ones just to avoid having an empty kitchen. If you’re a fan of cooking, don’t forget that experts recommend choosing a natural gas connection over electricity which is more popular this year.
Curb appeal counts
Experts say that the best way to decide how badly you need to upgrade your outdoor space is to walk across the street and see whether your house looks attractive or not. From that perspective, you can see all the potential upgrades you can implement in order to boost your curb appeal. You need to enhance the positive sides of your exterior and work on upgrading and fixing the negative parts. It goes without saying that you need to remove the clutter from your yard, fix your driveway, maintain the walkway and mow your lawn regularly.
Your bathroom needs to be functional and aesthetically pleasing because you never know what the potential buyers look will look for. Therefore, work on both of these things at the same time and always try to make everything running smoothly, but don’t forget about the appeal. To achieve that, insist on quality and design when choosing vanities and fixtures as only decorative options will satisfy your demands.
For a more stylish design, install different lighting fixtures which will bring out the design of your bathroom. You can always install a new faucet, new cabinet handles and new shower screen that will transform your bathroom and make it more stylish.
Less is sometimes more
Although you may think that you need as many decorative elements and furniture pieces as possible, that is far from the truth. You need to give the potential new homeowners a chance to imagine themselves living in your house, and they won’t be able to do that with too much going on in every part of the house.
To avoid that, go for a much cleaner look that you had while living there. Remove all of your personal items – especially photographs and other memorabilia – and just add some fresh flowers or even an empty bowl. This will leave the buyers plenty of maneuvering space and they’ll be able to imagine beautifying the space with their own décor.
Don’t rush to implement something into your house just because it sounds like a good idea. Think everything through and make sure you always keep an eye on your budget to know how much money you have left. There’s a thin line between improving and over-improving your property, and it’s all about returning the investment and earning some money. Once your property reaches its peak, you’re ready to put it on the market and wait for someone to appreciate its value