Since your home has the potential of being one of your greatest investments, adding value to it can pay off – especially if you plan on selling it. There are several ways in which you can do this, with some ideas being more expensive than others. However, if your home needs improving, you should put in as much work as you necessary. If you are unable to do so, you can simply make a few additions and upgrades to your home’s current features that you know will heighten the overall value of your home.
Here are 5 thing you can do now to help increase your value.
1. Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal:
Your home’s curb appeal is the first impression people get when they see your property; If they like the outside, they’ll want to see the inside. Your home should look well kept and welcoming. Some ways to do this would be with a few potted plants, clean cut and well maintained grass, fresh flowers, etc,. Also, creating a pathway to the front door that is well lit at night and inviting shouldn’t be overlooked.
2. The Backyard:
In the summer, your yard should be a place where the great outdoors can be enjoyed. It should be groomed, maintained, and properly taken care of so that it looks it’s best. Some ways to spruce up this area is to add some trees, flowers, and some shrubbery; all of which can be bought at competitive prices at your local Home Depot. Anything else that will enhance the beauty of your yard should also be considered. Remember, it’s not about how much money you can spend, but about making the right decisions to show off the potential. Of course adding a pool will always boost interest, especially in Orange County.
3. Modernize Your Kitchen:
Your kitchen should include quality nice cabinets, clean flooring, and well maintained countertops. In addition to convenient storage space and lots of room to work in. If you kitchen is small, make sure you are utilizing all it’s space correctly to showcase maximum mobility. If your budget permits, upgrading to marble countertops and newer amenities should be considered. Moreover, add things like a breakfast bar can really add some appeal (and value) to your kitchen. If possible, all appliances should match the theme of the kitchen. For example, If you have some stainless steel appliances, try buying new versions of the others appliances in the kitchen in stainless steel. Same would go if you have black appliances, make sure that all the appliances in the kitchen are black and so forth. Spend some time thinking about what would best make this area of the home stand out.
4. Add a Deck:
A deck is a feature that many people find appealing, and it’s something that a lot of people look for when purchasing a home. Even if you have a large yard, a deck can be a valuable add on. If you don’t have a large yard, adding a deck can bring an extra layer of outdoors enjoyment and make your lack of a spacious yard more appealing. Decided if this is something that would work well with your yard. If so, consider design, shape, and appearance that would complement the yard and exterior of the home.
5. Upgrade Your Bathrooms:
Just like a kitchen, a bathroom can sway someone’s decision on whether or not to purchase your home. You should consider upgrading to spa tubs or a whirlpool to enhance your bathroom’s features. This can also just be done in the master to give an added bonuses and save money. Some other things to add could be: multiple jet showers, double sinks, and even a separate toilet room.
Remember, when deciding to upgrade your home, whether it’s to add value to sell, or just increase quality of life, your goals – and budget – should be considered first. Keep in mind the house as a whole, and what people will see when they view it. Be smart with your money, as you may be looking for good rate of return on your home improvements.