Even if you're not quite ready to put your home on the market, making improvements that increase its value could get you a better price when you do sell. They can also help you enjoy your home more if you plan on staying put for a while. Here are 6 ideas that can boost your home’s value without putting too big a dent in your budget.
1. Upgrade the kitchen. The kitchen is the heart of the home, so it pays to give this room some love. Matching appliances, freshly painted cabinets and updated hardware can quickly refresh and modernize the space.
2. Make over the bathroom. Good lighting is a must. A walk-in shower is more streamlined than a tub, and can give the illusion of more space. New tile and fixtures can make the room feel clean and fresh.
3. Increase energy efficiency. Improvements that make your home more energy-efficient mean lower utility bills; who wouldn't appreciate that? High-efficiency windows, LED lights, a programmable thermostat and a upgraded insulation will save on your utilitiy bill now, plus appeal to homebuyers in the future.
4. Address the basics. Repair plumbing leaks, fix squeaky floors and replace rusty rain gutters. These fixes can go a long way toward helping potential buyers avoid negative perceptions and let them know your home has been well cared for. Maintenance is always cheaper than repairs.
5. Enhance the curb appeal. A well-maintained exterior and uncluttered yard will be attractive to many homebuyers. Update the garage door if it’s looking outdated. Trim trees so potential buyers can get a good look at the house. When selecting new plants, choose those that are native to your region to create a landscape that requires less upkeep. Bring a picture of your home to your local garden center to get some expert suggestions.
6. Freshen up with paint. A sleek, smooth coat of paint can liven up an entry door or change a room quickly. Focus on high-traffic areas such as front and back doors, the kitchen and bathrooms to impress potential homebuyers. When painting to sell, avoid dramatic hues and go with neutrals or all white for the interior walls.
Need more tips? Colleen Donlevy-Burns is Your Realtor Advisor For Life, and will be happy to help you! Call her at (407) 325-2873.