Anyone who is planning on selling their home soon begins to take inventory of things they can that will increase the value of their home and the amount of money an interested buyer would be willing to pay for it.
The problem is that many homeowners fall into the trap that in order to boost your home value, you need to invest thousands of dollars in a bathroom remodel or a kitchen update. The truth is, there are plenty of ways you can boost your home’s value that are affordable and easy.
In this article, we will show you our six favorite ways to raise the value of your home while saving you a lot of money.
Go for a Deep Clean
There has never been a potential buyer who passed on a house because it was “too clean.” Whether you decide to do it all yourself or hire a professional cleaning crew, giving your house a deep clean will go a long way. On top of regular chores like dusting, vacuuming, and mopping, don’t forget to get the neglected places such as baseboards, cabinets, and blinds. Don’t forget to get the carpet cleaner one last time before your house is ready to show.
Ditch the Clutter
The size of your home is going to greatly affect the value of your home. While you may give measurements prior to a potential buyer viewing your home, those measurements are usually most effective visually for them. That means if your home is filled with a lot of large furniture, each room is going to appear much smaller than it needs to. Instead, get rid of any extra clutter to help make your home look more spacious.
Put on a Fresh Coat of Paint
A little bit of color can really go a long way when it comes to paint. A fresh coat of paint can often give your room an instant facelift without forking over a lot of money for remodeling. When choosing your new color, don’t get too crazy. While you may like certain colors, keep in mind that potential buyers may be turned off by them. It’s best to stick to neutral colors that will compliment anyone’s taste and furniture.
Focus on the Kitchen
Most realtors will tell you that homes are sold based on the kitchen and/or the bathroom. When a potential buyer views your kitchen, they want to imagine themselves there, cooking a meal for their family, or socializing with guests. Giving them a beautiful kitchen to do that in doesn’t have to break the bank. Invest in new hardware for your cabinets, a new faucet set, and new light fixtures. While you’re out it, putting some extra money toward nice appliances will help boost your home’s value quickly, especially if the appliances you originally had were mismatched and dated.
The modern homebuyer is often looking for a home that is energy-efficient to not only be more environmentally conscious but also to save money on utility bills. Making your home more efficient doesn’t have to break the bank, though. One place to start this process is through your heating and cooling system. Heating and cooling can eat away a lot of your home’s energy, so a smart thermostat is a good investment to increase efficiency. These thermostats can tell when you’re home, know when you’re present, and use local weather data to adjust the temperature of your home accordingly.
Don’t Forget Your Curb Appeal
First impressions matter. That’s why it’s important not to forget what your home looks like when a potential buyer pulls up. Improving your home’s curb appeal can be as easy and inexpensive as painting your front door, upgrading your mailbox, installing more shrubs and flowers, or adding outdoor furniture.
You don’t have to spend tens of thousands of dollars on an entire remodel or refurbishment to get more value out of your home. With a little elbow grease and imagination, there are lots of ways you can help potential buyers see your home’s value and pay you for it accordingly.
If you need help getting your home in tip-top shape to sell, don’t forget to call the professionals at Dependable Home Services. Since 1992, our interior and exterior improvement services have been helping potential home buyers fall in love. Contact us today to discuss with our team how we can help you stand out in the real estate market without sinking all your savings into improvements.