Homeowners always seem to have a never-ending list of projects that appear to be pushed to the back burner as life jumps in the way. Let us help you prioritize what home improvements will give you the best return on investment. If you’ve always wanted a gazebo in the back yard, but your primary bathroom needs some sprucing up; we’re here to tell you which to choose and which to lose. Here are 10 tips from Space Simply, which are sure to improve the look and value of your home!
1. Kitchen Updates
Kitchens are considered the overall hub of most home environments. With so many people congregating in this area, it’s easy to see why it’s worth the investment. While a full remodel is always nice, it doesn’t have to be the case. Save as much of your budget as possible and focus on the larger items in the kitchen and, from there, move on. If your cabinets are out of date, give them a face lift instead of entirely replacing them. Paint or stain cupboards to change the look, without taking too much out of your home improvement budget.
If you’re able to save on cabinetry, replace older kitchen appliances with energy efficient models. This update will appeal to potential buyers from a financial standpoint while simultaneously improving the look of your kitchen.
2. Bathroom Renovation
From showers to getting ready, the time spent in the bathroom adds up faster than you might think. As a result, it makes sense to invest in such a high traffic area. Just like the kitchen, an investment doesn’t have to mean a full bathroom remodel. If you have some out of date wallpaper or decorative items, swap them out for neutral, yet trendy items to freshen the overall look. Change out light fixtures to add style while brightening the entire look of the bathroom. Always consider your potential home buyer with any remodel. If you are looking to sell your home to a family, don’t take out your only bathtub to add an extra stand up shower. Growing families could see this as a deal breaker if they are comparing two similar homes.
If you have the space for an extra half bath, go for it! Buyers are looking for homes that have a half bath, especially near the kitchen and other entertaining areas.
3. Chose Neutral Paint Colors
A fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest ways you can increase the value of your home. When a potential buyer enters your home and sees an overpowering color that isn’t to their taste, it can be remarkably difficult for them to see past it to the “bones” of the home. If you want your home to sell to the masses, do yourself a favor and paint the both interior and exterior with a neutral base. While pink might be great for your teenage daughter’s room, it might not be for someone who is looking to turn that space into their office. So when it is time to sell, be sure to view your home through the eyes of the potential buyer. As mentioned before, painting outdated kitchen cabinets is an inexpensive way to transform an entire room for the better.
4. Create an Outdoor Space
Regardless of climate, people love to relax and entertain outside. If you already have the perfect space for potential buyers to enjoy their morning cup of coffee, you’re checking another “must have” off their list. Depending on how much outside space you have to work with, you can focus on multiple options. For instance, if you have a small backyard but have ample space in the front of your home, don’t add a large deck that will take over half of your yard. Create a fort porch oasis to keep your backyard intact, while simultaneously adding a new outdoor space. Be it a patio, deck, fire pit or front porch, add a living space outside to automatically increase the visual square footage of your home.
5. Regular Home Maintenance
Regular maintenance might seem like an obvious tip, yet it is one that should not be overlooked. Basic home maintenance will not only help you sell your home, it will also make living in your home much more enjoyable and stress-free. Homes, both new and old, benefit from regular home maintenance. Bring professionals into your home to perform annual checkups on appliances like the water heater, air conditioning unit, and furnace. If you are living in an older home, have a professional take a walk through to ensure all of the wiring and structural integrity of your home is up to code. Work through these things before you are looking to sell to help lessen the burden on both you and the potential buyer.
6. Get an Outsider’s Perspective
If you are lucky enough to have a friend who is an interior designer or realtor , invite them over for a cup of coffee to get their professional opinion on your home. Ask them to do a walk through and point out the areas your home is lacking in, so you can focus your money and efforts on the right things. Don’t take offense to their advice as it is most likely given with your best interests in mind. Once you have a list of things, start with the most pressing items first and work your way down one at a time.
7. Maximize Curb Appeal
A little curb appeal can go a long way. This is one of the first things people see when they look at your home, so be sure to give it the attention it deserves. Add visually pleasing landscaping that is also low maintenance. Even if you enjoy gardening, the future owner of your home might look at it as extra work so be sure to keep it simple. For more great curb appeal ideas, look to our blog, 10 Cheap & Easy Ways to Add Curb Appeal.
8. Update the Exterior
Just like curb appeal, the outside of your home is one of the first things people will see when they come to look at your home. Exterior remodels are typically more expensive than indoor repairs. Because of this, make these improvements long before you consider to sell. This will give yourself ample time to save for the updates and make them happen. Here are some examples of things you may want to inspect to see if they are worth the investment:
- Garage door
- Front door
Not only will these improvements look better but they are likely to help your home become more energy efficient in the process.
9. Declutter Your Home
While it is not the easiest task, decluttering your home is likely the cheapest on our list of improvement tips. If your home is cluttered with an assortment of knick knacks, take time to organize, donate or sell these unwanted items. When you free your home of extra things, it helps to make even the smallest spaces appear larger than they are.
10. Miscellaneous Home Improvements
Don’t forget to do a final walk through when you are looking to improve the value of your home. Things that may go overlooked are no less significant than things that are more obvious. For instance, make sure your doorbell, fire alarms, and motion lights are in working order. If not, many buyers will think your home is not well maintained. Avoid this misconception and take the extra time to replace batteries and light bulbs when needed.
Additional Questions? Contact Space Simply!
With all of these tips considered, be sure to do what is best for you and your home. For additional questions on maximizing the value of your home, reach out the experts at Space Simply online or call us at (515)423-0899 today!