If you are currently in the process of selling your home, or plan on doing so in the near future, there are a few things that you can keep in mind in terms of home improvement that will go a long way toward increasing the value of your home. A lot of these improvements are intended to make your home more livable for one, but also much more attractive to a home buyer. Without further ado, let's get right into it! Here are 6 home improvement ideas that can help increase the value of your home, when you're ready to put it on the market.
6 - Landscaping: Whack Those Weeds
Home buyers are spending more time at home while on vacation, so they want to be able to have the yard become their own personal piece of paradise. A well thought out layout with well-maintained grassy areas with healthy and full flowers and plants, can be an easy and effective way to add value to your home in the eyes of the home buyer. Beyond the instant curb appeal of a well-manicured home exterior, trees and hedges that are properly maintained can increase the amount of natural light that is able to filter through into the home itself.
5 - Hardwood Floors
This is definitely the preferred flooring method of the modern home buyer. Gone are the days of wall to wall carpeting, or old tacky-looking laminate or vinyl flooring. When you are considering selling your home, this is an excellent time to take a look at re-flooring at least a portion of the home. This is going to be one of the most visible and instantly gratifying improvements you can make to revitalize or update the look of your house. Besides being very attractive, hardwood floors or even wood laminate are resilient and tend to be easier to keep clean. Whichever route you go, a new floor will be a bold and noticeable improvement to any room!
4 - Add a Deck or Patio
People love to spend time outdoors and at home in the summertime, especially with the increased popularity of the "staycation". A Deck or Patio can be great to add very functional and a very livable space to your home without a huge associated cost. You can, of course, spend a great deal on a patio or deck, but you will find that this type of addition will see a very high return value in response to your investment.
3 - Basic Updates and Maintenance
It's amazing what a coat of paint can do to refresh a room - neutral colors and a white ceiling are recommended. It serves to make the room feel both larger and more open; plus, it's a great excuse to finally patch that hole or crack in the dry-wall. Other items such as a broken step, cracked light feature or leaky faucet may be easy to overlook on a day-to-day basis, but chances are an observant home buyer will catch it right away. Keeping up with everyday maintenance will pay off in spades in the long run.
2 - Remodel the Kitchen
The kitchen is the centerpiece of your home. It's always going to be one of the items near the top of any home buyer's list of important items in a new home. You want to make sure that the decor isn't too outdated, and that the appliances are current and energy conscious. But as an added proviso, you don't want to go overboard with your remodel and outclass the rest of your house. You still want the kitchen to match the style set by the house as a whole.
1 - Make Your Home Eco-Friendly
The concept behind the more energy efficient appliances in the kitchen is also true for the remainder of the home as well. New energy-efficient windows and a well-insulated home can potentially save you hundreds of dollars a year on your heating bill and even make your home eligible for a green energy tax credit and additional discounts from the utility company or State government. New energy-efficient bulbs can also aid in lowering energy consumption well also better illuminating your home. These are important factors that many new home buyers look for.
I certainly hope you found some of these tips helpful. As with most things, you'll get back what you put in. If you are willing to pay a lot of money, you'll certainly see a larger return; but many improvements can be made to your home without an exorbitant expenditure.