You know that making improvements to your home boosts your quality of life and adds more comfort and convenience for you and your family. But have you realized that every time you build on an addition, make an improvement or perform regular maintenance, you increase your home’s value? It doesn’t take a lot, and can be as simple as a fresh coat of paint. Whether you’re planning to put your house on the market or just want to make a few updates for peace of mind, there are many simple ways to spruce up your property and boost its appeal.
Add a Splash of Color
If you’re strictly looking to improve the aesthetics of your home, boosting its value can be very simple. HGTV recommends adding a fresh coat of paint to update the walls. It’s cost effective, easy to do and makes every room in your home look clean and new. Just remember not to go too crazy with the colors. Neutral is always best, especially if you’re planning to sell your home in the near future. Play it safe and go with beiges, light yellows, pale blues, and off-whites. Pick up a few buckets of paint for about $25 a gallon, paint rollers and brushes and get started on your next home project!
Put Your Best Face Forward
Take a long, hard look at your lawn. Does it look more like a jungle? The first thing people see when they pull up to a home is the lawn. If you suffer from a patchy or brown front lawn with overgrown bushes and shrubs, it’s time to trim it down and give it a manicured look. Save cash and make beautifying your yard a weekend project. If you don’t have the time or skill to tackle this job yourself, hire a professional landscaper to cut the lawn, trim the hedges and plant a few flowers. That way, your home’s first impression will wow guests or potential homebuyers.
Bigger is Better
The size of your home largely affects its value, and according to HGTV, there are easy ways to add square footage without undergoing major construction. Increase your home’s visual space through a few easy touches. Replace heavy drapes with vertical blinds or shutters that allow sunlight to filter in, as sunny, open rooms tend to feel bigger. Mirrors are a time-tested option that can really open up a room. By adding a single large mirror to a living room or dining room, you can instantly create the illusion of more space. Clean up the clutter in your home, from playrooms to great rooms, for a less-cramped feeling. Put all books, toys and assorted “stuff” into labeled bins along the walls. These simple décor changes can give the impression of more space, without the construction of a remodel.
Updated bathrooms and kitchens are a big draw for potential buyers, but you don’t have to do a full-on remodel of these rooms to make them more appealing. Simply adding brand new fixtures and hardware such as drawer pulls, cabinet handles and faucets will freshen up an outdated space. You can also add attractive lighting and replace that old wallpaper in the bathroom with a fresh coat of light paint for a vibrant space. These small changes will give these rooms a more updated look.
Increasing your home’s value doesn’t have to empty out your wallet. Tackle one small project at a time and you’ll soon boost the wow factor.