Easily Increase Home Value

Mike Capelle, Broker/OwnerMike Capelle, Broker/Owner

Thinking about taking on some small home improvement projects to boost the value of your home? Here are 5 easy and smart upgrades and fixes that won’t cost a lot to increase home value, and could help you get a higher price if you’re trying to sell.

Consider Curb Appeal

First impressions are everything, and potential buyers often decide whether they’re interested in a home within seconds. As they’re walking toward your house, they’re asking themselves, “Could I live here?”

Tidy the yard and and spruce up the landscaping with well-placed shrubs, new plants and trimmed hedges. And don’t underestimate the power of a new front door, fence or mailbox.

Buff Up the Bath

Sure, bathroom improvements can be pricey, but small cosmetic changes can reap big rewards, including updating lighting fixtures and cabinet or door handles, and buying a new toilet seat.

Consider repainting with a neutral color, replacing dated frosted glass with clear glass, or updating fixtures. Other projects that are worth the effort include re-grouting the tile, and replacing an old vanity with a new one.

Make Your Kitchen Cook

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s where the family congregates, guests gather and the kids do their homework. To appeal to potential buyers, this space has to look clean, inviting and warm. Beyond making sure your appliances work well and look shiny, consider updating cabinet doors and drawers, handles, light fixtures and faucets. And a basic coat of neutral paint can go a long way toward impressing buyers.

Let There be Light

Is there an old chandelier that needs to come down? Dated lamps that age the room? Take care of that!

Also, increase the wattage in dark rooms that lack natural lighting. Rooms will seem larger and more open. Visual space — or how large a home feels — is crucial.

Reconfigure the Layout

Assuming you’ve already covered the basics, such as removing clutter and personal belongings to make rooms look larger, why not take it one step further and think about reconfiguring the layout?

For example, substituting one room’s use for another is a cheap way to transform a two-bedroom home with a den into a three-bedroom home.

Simply removing furniture that hinders the comfortable flow of traffic through rooms can give the impression of space.

When it’s time to sell your home, Sunset Vista Realty is ready to help. Check out our Seller Services.

Source: Zillow Blog

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