Whether you are looking to sell your home now or in the future, it obviously never hurts to boost its value in any way you can. Contrary to popular belief, you generally don’t have to spend all that much time, money, or effort to make substantive, value-added changes to your property. Just consider these simple steps.
Make Your Kitchen Functional
They don’t call it the heart of the home for nothing. The kitchen is not just the centerpiece of domestic life, but one of the features that prospective buyers arguably put the most attention to. So make sure it is clean, reasonably updated, and in working order. For just a few hundred dollars, you can replace fixtures, switch out old lights with bright (and more efficient ones) and add new cabinet door handles. These little things really add up in the minds of both buyers and the overall value of your home. Obviously, if you can spare a larger budget, don’t skimp on things like refurbishing cabinets or installing new appliances.
Don’t Neglect Bathrooms!
With their intimate and hygienic roles, bathrooms are second only to the kitchen as highly important to spruce up. A lot of simple but consequential things can and should be improved, including the toilet seat, pedestal sink, and faucets (most of which are easy to acquire and install on your own or with cheap help). Old and discolored floors can easy be replaced by vinyl tiles or sheet vinyl, which are easy to apply and will not require you to strip the current tiles. Be sure to buff up the bathtub and shower, and remove any grime or water stains from their tile.
Expand Storage Options
If you an old house especially, you will likely need to increase the amount of storage space, the lack of which is a leading issue among homebuyers. This is a lot easier to do than it may seem. Get creative by putting together some wire and laminate to create closet systems for bedrooms, pantries, and entrances. If you are confident in your carpentry skills, you can even put together some shelving.
We hope these tips help you get the most out of your home. If you need help determining the value of your property, use our easy Home Value Estimator here at FreeValues.com.