10 Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home
America’s home renovation market is booming. If you’re eager to turn a profit when it comes time to sell your house, check out these 10 ways to increase the value of your home.
Clean Up the House
Clean your mailbox using dish soap, a sponge or cloth, and lukewarm water. Replace your welcome mat with a fresh, new one. Remove storm doors and screens. Apply a fresh coat of paint to the front door. Dust cobwebs off of light sconces. Buff and shine the hardware on the door.
In South Carolina, many Greenville houses for sale are updating curb appeal to increase the value of homes. Simple things like adding potted plants and freshening up outdoor furniture. Light up the walkway and update porch fixtures. New fresh mulch, trim shrubs and balance the garden beds.
Paint your cabinets. Replace your cabinet hardware and faucet. Go granite or solid surface. Install a designer back-splash. Paint the walls. Boost and update the lighting.
Re-grouting tile. Remove and replace caulk around the shower, tub, and toilet areas; and maybe it is time to replace the toilet for a more efficient and modern look. Replacing mirrors and fixtures will also go a long way to improve the look and feel of the bathrooms.
Choose a soft color in a light brown tone and paint every room the same color. The painting will go faster if you paint the ceilings the same color, but ceilings really pop if they are a lighter color than the color of the walls. Lighter colors also make the ceilings appear higher. If you go that route, choose 2 shades lighter or white.
Match the appliances to your home and purchase a set. Nowadays, kitchen appliances are not just workhorse necessities, but can be a design element all on their own.
If your home inspector and real estate agent have noticed that the exterior as a whole is in good shape, you might just need to paint the trim and other accents to cover any chips or flaking and give your home a fresh look.
Energy conservation features can have a significant impact on home value, especially in places that experience extreme heat or cold. Consider double-paned windows, enhanced attic insulation, LED lighting and efficient appliances as a way to increase home value and entice energy-conscious buyers.
Swap in a smart thermostat. Smarten up your smoke detectors. Add security with a video doorbell. Secure the entrance with a smart lock. Brighten up with smart light bulbs. Tie it all together with a smart speaker.
You should replace your windows if you foresee the old windows becoming an issue during the sale process, either because they’ll raise red flags during a buyer’s inspection or because they could negatively affect your listing price. A home with outdated windows should still sell on the open market, but expect negotiations from buyers to cover the cost of window replacements.