If you are thinking about selling your home in the near future, there may be a few home improvement projects you want to consider completing before you determine the asking price and list your home for sale. Or maybe you would simply like to make some improvements to your home but don’t have any intentions of selling it. There are many simple and affordable home improvement projects that you can complete yourself that will add value to your home.
HAVE A REALISTIC PLAN BEFORE YOU BEGIN
Before you start working on any home improvement projects you should start out by making a clear plan on what improvements you would like to make and what the cost of making those improvements will be. When making improvements to your home with the intention of adding value, the project should cost no more than 25 cents on the dollar, with the remaining 75 cents on the dollar spent going back into increasing the home’s value. You can discuss your plans with a realtor to get a realistic idea of what amount of value a specific home improvement project will add to your home.
KEEP IT CLEAN
One of the easiest ways to add value to your home is to make sure that you keep it clean – both inside and outside the home. Imagine you are the one looking to purchase a home, would you rather see a home that looks clean and welcoming or a home that looks rundown and dingy? If you make it a priority to keep your home clean regularly, it should become a part of your regular routine and it won’t even feel like you’ve spent any additional money on improving your home.
CURB APPEAL MATTERS
In addition to the outside of your home being clean, the curb appeal that your home has will determine whether or not it is welcoming and inviting to new home buyers. There are a lot of simple things you can do to add to your home’s curb appeal and increase the value of your home based on appearance alone. You can use flowers or lighted yard sticks to accentuate a walkway, paint the front door a bright color that will pop and standout, add furniture such as a rocking chair or bench to the front porch, add a welcome mat, keep the lawn mowed and hedges trimmed, and add a flower bed – all of which will make your home more visually appealing.
Another one of the easiest and most cost-effective home improvements you can make is painting! Even if the colors of your walls don’t need to be changed, a fresh coat of pain will help make the room look cleaner and more updated. If you are looking to increase the value of your home and potentially sell it, you will want to keep in mind that it is best to stick to neutral colors as they will appeal to the greatest number of people. However, if you want to add bright colors that standout you can do this by adding an accent wall and choosing colors that work together well.
LOOK UP AT THE CEILING
One of the smallest details that instantly dates your home and decreases the value is having popcorn ceilings. Most home buyers today do not like popcorn ceilings and this feature could be the one that turns them off from choosing your home. Removing the popcorn from your ceiling is a project that can be done on your own, if you are sure that the ceiling does not contain asbestos. Your local hardware store can help you find a solution that will soften the texture of your ceiling and then all you have to do is scrape the popcorn away!
UPDATE YOUR KITCHEN
The kitchen is often referred to as the heart of the home. When potential home buyers are looking at homes they spend a good amount of time looking at the kitchen. Making any updates and improvements in your kitchen will always be the number one investment you can make to receive the greatest return on your home. However, you don’t need to do a complete kitchen remodel, that can be very expensive. If you have only a small budget to work with, simple improvements that can be made in the kitchen include updating the look of cabinets with paint and new hardware, adding a backsplash, and updating fixtures. If you do have room in your budget for a larger makeover, updating the flooring and appliances will help you maximize your return on your kitchen makeover.
REFRESH YOUR BATHROOM
Bathrooms are often the rooms that date our home the quickest. Styles and trends in bathrooms can change quickly, so it is best to keep your bathroom update simple. Everyone wants to feel that the bathroom will be a comfortable place when they need to use it. The bathroom is another area where you can make small changes if your budget won’t allow a full remodel. Remove any old wallpaper, paint with light and neutral colors, replace old lighting, update fixtures, add a new toilet seat, and make sure there is plenty of storage room. Small changes in your bathroom can go a long way in improving your homes value.
REMOVE CLUTTER, ADD ORGANIZATION, AND STAGE!
Our final home improvement tip is to remove the clutter from your home, make sure your home has plenty of storage space and is well organized, and then stage your home for selling. Clutter makes it difficult for potential home buyers to imagine their own stuff in your home and will also make your home feel smaller. If your home or a particular room in your home already is low on square footage, keeping it well organized and properly staged will help make the room appear larger and more spacious, which will increase the appeal and value of your home.