8 Tips to Improve the Value of Your Home
1. Add Color
Paint is an inexpensive and easy way to quickly update any room in your house and make a huge impact. Color is a great tool to set the tone in your home and allow your personality to shine. When it come to selling your house it is recommended to choose neutral colors that allow buyers to imagine their own belongings in the the space.
2. Curb Appeal
Start at your Mailbox. Shrubs and colorful plants will add curb appeal to any home. Purchase plants that are native to your region or plants that are drought-tolerant; these require less water and maintenance, which means more savings to you and more green in your wallet.
3. Plant Trees
If you aren’t planning to sell your house today, plan for the future with a landscaping improvement that will mature over time. Plant shade trees — not only will mature trees make your home more desirable but a fully grown, properly placed tree can cut your cooling costs by as much as 40 percent. Mature landscaping is also good for the environment, providing a necessary habitat for wildlife while adding valuable curb appeal to your home.
4. Update Your Kitchen and Bathroom
Updates to your kitchen and bathroom will often add to the marketability of your home and often increase its value. Something as simple as fresh paint or new fixtures can improve the perception of these spaces without breaking the bank. If you are looking to do major renovations, these two spaces offer the highest return on investment.
5. Regular Maintenance and Repairs
Don’t put off maintenance and repairs in your home. While small repairs may seem unimportant, if every room has them, those small things add up to create the impression that your home has been neglected. Not only do small repairs often pay for themselves in terms of energy efficiency or utility costs, but they eliminate problems down the road should you decide to sell.
6. Visually Increase Your Home’s Square Footage
Your home doesn’t have to be large to feel spacious. Reducing clutter and keeping spaces organized will enhance the perception your space. Removing unnecessary walls to create an open floor plan will also increase your square footage and is a desirable layout for today’s buyers.
7. Improve Energy Efficiency
A smaller energy footprint is a great way to upgrade your home and save you money. By switching to energy efficient light bulbs and weather proofing your home you can reduce your electric bill instantly. Upgrading faucets and toilets to new water saving designs will also help cut costs and make your home more green.
8. A Bright Idea
Lighting is an important factor in setting the tone and adding value to your home. Replace heavy drapes with lighter weight curtains to let in more natural light. If you home is doesn’t have a lot to offer in terms of natural light, installing additional light fixtures can go along way to creating a great first impression. Plenty of light makes rooms feel larger and has the added benefit of creating a welcoming and happier environment.