You’ve seen al- the TV shows on home improvement but where do you start?
Here’s the scenario.
You’d like to make a few updates around the house but don’t really know where to start.
You aren’t necessarily planning to sell soon but you’d still like to know which updates will get you the most bang for your buck when you do.
Like most homeowners, you want to sell your house for the most money after you find out what your home is worth. While there are various factors, you can’t control, like market trends and location of your home, there is one thing that is within your control, condition. You don’t need a massive scale renovation to boost your home’s value you simply need to make the right choices when considering updates.
Instead of spending thousands on a major renovation consider these low-cost and straightforward tweaks that can make a world of difference.
5 Simple Home Improvement Tips
1. Give Your Kitchen a Makeover
The kitchen is considered the heart of your home. Bringing it into the 21st century can create a high degree of functionality and a significant return on your investment.
Usually, installing cabinets can be a bit pricey but an inexpensive cosmetic makeover can easily give your kitchen a new look.
Painting kitchen cabinets is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to create a new look. It’s easy to give your kitchen a fresh feel by choosing from the latest colors available. Take it one step further by adding new pulls and knobs in whatever finish will compliment your style. Pull-out drawers in a cupboard instantly make every spare inch of space usable.
If you’re thinking about updating your appliances, stainless steel is the way to go. Take measurements of your refrigerator, range, and dishwasher and keep an eye out for sales at your favorite big box store. They usually offer terrific packages when you purchase all three and prices are even better around the holidays.
You can also improve your kitchen by clearing your worktops, and it won’t cost you anything at all.
2. Revamp Your Bathroom
Nowadays, everyone is stressed and feels they deserve to pamper themselves. Buyers want a place to relax in a cozy, serene atmosphere that will wash the day’s problems away.
But, if you’re thinking of selling your home without a complete budget for a bathroom renovation. There are ways to improve it without spending too much money.
Rather than a complete bathroom overhaul consider replacing the vanity and mirror. A fresh new coat of paint and replacing old rugs and towels with new ones are some cheap fixes to make your bathroom appealing.
3.Ditch the Clutter
When was the last time you did a major decluttering? If you’re like most people it was probably when you bought your place. Besides the occasional spring cleaning most people don’t spend much time going through the items, they’ve accumulated over time.
How much furniture did you bring from your last home into this one?
Does it all fit? Not just the size but also the aesthetic.
Nobody wants to go inside a house with a lot of unnecessary items in it. Most buyers want to visualize themselves living in the space. They want to imagine where they’ll put their belongings.
Getting rid of unnecessary items that don’t compliment the style and decor can make your home feel more spacious.
4. Let There Be Light
Homeowners often take lighting fixtures for granted. Think about have you changed any of the fixtures since you purchased your home?
The good thing about having proper lighting is how it highlights the home’s selling point and makes your home more appealing to the naked eye.
Inadequate and old lighting is inefficient and can really date a property. Replacing lighting can be a small task that you knock out over time replacing the fixtures on each level as you go.
5. Create Curb Appeal
Exterior home improvements are essential for homeowners, regardless if they plan to put their property on the market. It creates the first impression of the home. Afterall, you only get one chance to make a first impression and that starts at the front door.
If you’re tight on budget, there are many ways to boost the look of your property. Repainting your shutters and front door( make sure to get HOA approval first), updating the landscaping and pressure washing the exterior can all make your home more attractive.
Spending a few bucks on the improvement of your home can make a big difference in profit. It can also help you sell your property faster.
Need a pros opinion before you start your next project give Abraham Walker a call at 703-539-2053.
Thinking of selling your home? Check out our 20+ step Guide to Selling Your House. Or you can contact me now to start the process immediately. Same day appointments are available on a case by case basis. I look forward to hearing from you.
More home improvement advice and tips
- How to Remove Popcorn Ceilings via Maximum Real Estate Exposure
- How to Create a Renovation Budget via Anita Clark
Check out the above resources to help you make the right choices during your home improvement quest. Every home improvement won’t equal more money when you’re ready to sell. Hopefully, this article, along with these resources will put you on the right path.
About the Author: The above article was written by Abraham Walker, Your Northern Virginia Real Estate Agent, helping clients market their homes to achieve high sales with a quick closing time is my main priority. He’s the co-founder of Ask A Walker and can be found on YouTube, Facebook, and HERE on this blog.