Here are 5 projects you can do this weekend to increase the value of your home:
It's amazing how much of a different a coat of paint can make inside your home. When painting, consider using a neutral palette and allow your furniture and accessories to be the ‘pop’ in the room. On the exterior of your home, paint freshens the look and adds to your curb appeal. Consider working with a color expert to pick the right shades for your home’s style.
SPRUCE THE KITCHEN
It is often said kitchens and bathrooms sell homes and we have to agree. The kitchen especially is the heart of the home. While you may not have the time or budget for a total kitchen overhaul, even just a few tweaks can add value to your home. Consider upgrading the hardware on your cabinets and drawers or painting old oak cabinets with bright white. Better or more lighting, a new backsplash, a larger sink and new floors are other ways to do a little, but add a lot to the kitchen.
BOOST YOUR MECHANICS
While not nearly as exciting a design changes, the mechanics of your home are very important to buyers and can earn you tax credits depending on the upgrades you make. Learn more about Energy Star Tax Credits here. Take a hard look at the systems in your home including heating, cooling and your water heater. An upgrade to mechanics can not only add value to your home, it can save you money now.
FIX THE YARD
First impressions are important to buyers. Take some time to look at your yard for opportunities to clean up. Consider removing obtrusive bushes or trees that block light from the home. If you have vines or ivy growing on your home, it may be time to remove it as it can cause damage to the siding and paint. Find spaces to add a garden of perennials which will come back year after year and are easy to maintain. If it is in your budget, adding a deck is generally a great investment and can recoup up to 85% of what you spent if you sell your home.
BRIGHTEN THE BATHROOMS
Bathrooms may not be the heart of the home, but they are used by every family member and guest. Similar to the small updates we suggested in the kitchen, bathrooms can be improved easily with the addition of a new countertop or vanity. Adding more light in bathrooms is another great way to add value and use. You could also consider framing a basic mirror for a more custom look or, for a larger project, replace the tile in the shower. Remember, little touches can go a long way in a small space such as a bathroom.
Designing your home to sell doesn’t take much, but it can pay off big in the end. Talk to your agent about other ways to get the most bang for your buck before you sell your home.