Whether you will be selling your home or simply want to increase your home’s value to be able to have more equity, the home improvements listed in this article will help you be well on your way to that goal. Even small home improvements can make large differences in the value of your home.
1. Kitchen Upgrades
Speak with any real estate professional and they are going to tell you that one of the best upgrades you can undertake for a good return on investment is to upgrading the kitchen. You can do a mini-remodel for a reasonable price, and be able to raise the price of your home considerably. Depending on the type of upgrades you do the kitchen, this upgrade could mean thousands of extra dollars in value.
A new backsplash makes your entire kitchen look like a totally different room and there are several home improvement stores that will teach you how to install your home backsplash. Not only will you increase your home’s value but you can also increase how handy you are.
Stainless steel appliances in the kitchen are another major upgrade that is going to catch the eye of potential buyers. As your appliances need to be upgraded, make sure that you put in stainless steel appliances even if they cost more than other options that are available.
Pot racks with new cookware and a hanging wine bottle holder over an island is another attractive feature that people love to see. You can always take the upgraded cookware with you to your new home.
2. Garden Windows
Even one garden window can make a major difference in any home, and they bring multiple benefits, and upgrading can significantly raise the value of your home. Raising the value of a home is all about increasing the function and the eye appeal of the home. A garden window gives you both the look as well as the function. That makes people want to give your home a second look.
Garden windows allow for more light which is going to make the home look larger than the actual square footage. It also gives the home more of a welcoming feel when people come in for an open house or simply just to visit. Plants need more light to grow and having these windows will allow you to put a new herb garden or some flowers in the house without having to worry about them not getting enough sunlight.
Curb appeal is important when you are selling a house and it is attractive when you want to buy one. Adding a garden window makes the home look more inviting and it is more likely to sell your home when it is appealing from the outside. Garden windows are like bay windows but are smaller so they do not cost quite as much.
3. Bathroom Beautification
The bathroom gets a lot of foot traffic and use so you want to make sure that it looks (and smells) beautiful. Since the bathroom gets so much use, it is easy for things to wear and tear so you need to make sure that you are doing upgrades as things break and need to be updated.
For your countertops, you should choose marble or granite. Bathroom counters are usually smaller than kitchen counters so you will be able to get granite in your house for less money than if you were to start upgrading in your kitchen.
Overhead lighting is another thing of the past so instead have even lighting which allows you to avoid side shadows. Lighting makes a major difference in any room and having lighting on your side in the bathroom is a must.
If you really want to take your bathroom game to the next level, you can put in heated floors. There aren’t a lot of homes that have heated floors at this time, but this will become a standard at some point.
4. Use Attractive Paint Colors
Work on one room at a time as you are deciding on the paint. While you might have bright and bold tastes, if you want a room to be more comfortable, you want to go with something a little more neutral. Brown and beige are popular living room colors, and have been known to help homes sell for a higher list price compared to other colors.
The reason you want to do a neutral paint color is so your new buyers have a blank canvas. If you put too much of your personality into the home, you may miss a sale since not everyone is going to have the same tastes in paint and décor as you do.
Increasing your home value doesn’t have to be complicated, and the above tips can do much to help you be well on your way to getting the offer that you want to get on your home. Taking the time to upgrade your home is wise whether you want to sell it right away or you are going to be living there for a while.
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