10 Ways to Add Value to Your Home
Sure, you might be preparing your home for the summer real estate market, but working towards a great sale price is a process that may be worth starting well before you’re ready to sell. In short, no one wants to take a hit on their investment, so taking stock of where you can make a few upgrades or adjustments is important. Yes, some of them may have a greater impact on your wallet than others, but it’s worth remembering that adding value to your home doesn’t have to break the bank.
To get you started, pay attention to the following tips:
Homogenize Your Lawn. Sure, some buyers may not be too concerned with the state of your grass, but there’s truth to the notion that a patchy lawn takes away from your home’s overall appearance. To make things a bit more standardized, consider re-seeding any unhealthy areas.
Organize and Clean. Cluttered home’s not only look smaller, but dirtier. To help buyers envision their belongings in your home, it’s always wise to remove excess personal effects or trinkets that simply take up space.
Add Insulation. Depending upon when your home was built, it may be lacking in proper insulation. If this is the case, taking the time to add additional insulation is not only considered one of the most inexpensive way to increase your home’s energy efficiency, but it’s also the quickest ways to reduce your heating and cooling costs by more than 25%.
Give the Kitchen Some Love. Most buyers have a tendency to gravitate towards the kitchen before anywhere else in the home, so kitchen upgrades can make a huge difference. If the idea of remodeling your entire kitchen seems daunting and generally out of the question, consider updating your appliances or replacing old cabinet doors and hardware.
Add a Fence. While it’s important to remember that certain fences go over better than others (installing a chain link fence may actually hurt your home’s value), buyers with children or pets will generally appreciate the added privacy and security of an enclosed backyard.
Improve Your Bathroom. Much like the kitchen, a little change can make a big difference. By updating simple features such as your faucet or sink, you can easily bring an outdated bathroom into the current decade.
Add Outdoor Lights. Curb appeal isn’t something relegated to the daytime hours. If you’re looking to beautify and increase your home’s outdoor space, consider adding outdoor lighting that will make your entire property seem not only more appealing, but safer as well.
Check Your Gutters. Sure, it’s a pain to clean your gutters, but ensuring that your eaves are clean is crucial when it comes to protecting your home from water damage.
Increase Storage Space. Most buyers are looking for homes with ample storage; however, if your home seems to be lacking in that department, make a point to organize your closets in a way that will make them look larger and more efficient.
Don’t Neglect the Basement. Basement remodels add usable space and subsequently, value. Therefore, instead of adding an additional room to your home, consider turning the basement into a everything from a fantastic workroom or home office to a guest or media room.
If you’d like some assistance or need help deciding which aspects of your home may need a bit of attention, please feel free to call me—I offer free, no-obligation consultations.
Barbie Hintz Re/Max Preferred Properties 865-224-1867 [email protected]
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