Small Updates Could Equal A Big Return
If you are planning to sell your house, you may not have the time or money to embark on a large home improvement project. But there are small, inexpensive updates and cosmetic enhancements you can make to increase your home’s value, energy efficiency, and curb appeal.
1. Give your kitchen or bathroom a makeover
These are two of the most functional and used rooms in the house, so any updates get noticed and pay off while you are living there or when you go to sell. However, tackling a major kitchen or bath remodel isn’t something that is easy or cheap, even for skilled DIYers. Installing new cabinets, countertops, and appliances usually require hiring a professional and come with a hefty price tag.
Some inexpensive cosmetic changes that can give these rooms a new look include adding recessed or pendant lighting, buying new drawer and cabinet pulls, or replacing the backsplash, faucets, and other fixtures. In the bathroom, changing out an old sink, vanity, and toilet and installing new floor tile or shower kit are updates that pay off. Even new towels, accessories, and a good scrubbing are low-cost ways to improve a room’s look and increase your home’s value.
2. Add a fresh coat of paint to increase your home’s value
Maybe you painted your kitchen a dark red or your toddler’s room to look like a rainbow. The truth is your personal color palette may not appeal to your home’s new owner. Give worn-out rooms a fresh coat of paint and return rooms with bright or dark hues to a neutral color. White, off-white, tan, or light gray goes with most décor and makes a room look larger. You also can paint outdated kitchen cabinets and appliances to easily transform the look of a room.
3. De-clutter and clean
When it comes to selling a home, less is more. Keep furniture and accessories to a minimum. Clear the clutter, which helps when you begin to pack and get rid of unnecessary items. Pack up most of your knick-knacks, photos and unused household and kitchen items and store them in the garage or rent a storage unit for a month or two. This makes smaller rooms look larger and helps buyers envision their own furniture in the space.
If you are strapped for time or don’t like cleaning, hire a professional organizer and house cleaner and have them give your home a thorough deep clean, including the baseboards, ceiling fans, windows and windowsills, floors, countertops, bathrooms and kitchen cabinets and appliances.
4. Make your home more energy efficient
Improving your home’s energy efficiency is good for energy consumption and your utility bills. You may not want to invest in all new windows, but it might be worth replacing two or three that could boost your home’s comfort and curb appeal. Windows that won’t open, fog up, have leaky seals or condensate or let air escape may get called out in a home inspection anyway. Replace glass and screens that are damaged. Repairing and painting the exterior trim around windows and doors also gives your home a fresh, updated look and can increase your home’s value.
In addition, increasing energy efficiency in other areas also pays off while you live in the home or if you decide to sell. Caulking windows, weather stripping, and adding insulation in the attic are easy updates. Installing a programmable thermostat, low-flow showerhead, and whole-house water filtration system are also worth the investment. New ceiling fans and light fixtures reduce lighting costs and give each room a more modern feel. Remember to swap out old light bulbs for bright, energy-efficient ones that are LED or CFL bulbs.
5. Landscaping can really increase your home’s value
A little landscaping can pay big dividends when it comes time to sell your home. It’s important to keep the yard mowed, rake leaves, and remove weeds and dead branches to tidy up your home’s appearance. Trim trees and bushes, plant annuals and perennials, and add mulch and edging around hedges and flower beds.
Besides the obvious, you should match your landscaping to your home’s style and consider seasonal changes. Putting out a few fresh hanging baskets and planters and yard decor gives it a homier feel. Petunias, geraniums, and impatiens create a pop of color in spring and summer, and mums, asters, and chrysanthemums look good in the fall. Other touches such as a new mailbox, front door, porch light, stepping stones, or LED solar lights are easy ways to make your home more attractive from the outside.
Whether you want to buy or sell your home, the caring and committed realtors at Core Realty Partners will do their part to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. They can give you tips for readying your home for the market and updates that pay off when it comes time to sell or pass an inspection. Call us today to list your home or start the search for your next home!