In today’s economic climate, it is important to increase the value of your home if you are trying to sell so that you can get the most from it possible. One of the easiest ways to increase your home’s value is to work on your landscaping. While pictures of the inside of your home may be available to buyers online, a beautiful yard is the first thing your prospective buyers will see when they pull up to view the house in person. Shade trees are a great way to increase value and save energy costs. If you aren’t planning to sell soon, or even if you think you may never sell, trees can cut your cooling costs dramatically when they are fully mature. Plant now so that when you are ready to sell, your lovely, mature shade trees will be a huge selling point. Adding some low-maintenance, drought resistant native plants are a great way to add curb-appeal with very little effort or maintenance required. Another important thing to do is to clean up your yard. If the grass is untended and long or sparse and brown, either way, the curb appeal is lost. Overgrown bushes, dead plants, or other eyesores are easily fixable and when properly cared for, add a welcoming touch to your home.
A couple of areas that will always give return on investment are the kitchen and bathrooms. Even small bathroom updates, such as lighting fixtures, electrical outlets, removing old wallpaper and replacing with paint, texture, or faux finish can transform the entire space, making it look new and modern. In the kitchen, something as simple as upgrading to a stainless steel microwave or getting rid of that old, metal sink and replacing it with a ceramic or brushed metal version can make the kitchen look clean and contemporary.
Another significant update you can make is to replace old fashioned carpets or rugs. Any staining or wear makes the whole room look dated and unkempt. If you can’t replace all of the carpeting at once, choose the most worn and dirty area and replace it first. Gradually replace each room’s flooring as your budget allows.
Even the smallest improvements can make a big difference. The most important thing is to make the improvements you can afford and work on them steadily to get the updates, upgrades, and improvements completed by the time you are ready to sell. When you make you home look better, you’ll get the added value out of the home when you sell, and you’ll enjoy living in a nicer home in the meantime!