How to Increase Home Value
Curb Appeal~ many Sellers tend to overlook the power that great landscaping can have on Buyers. Your home may be lovely inside; however if you’re not able to get Buyers beyond the threshold; all the time you spent “sprucing up” really won’t matter.
(How to increase home value)
Bring excitement to your yard by adding flower-beds, water features, window-boxes, and change; paint; or add window shutters.
Paint the front door; update outdoor light fixtures; replace your old front door mat; paint or power-wash the outside of the house (don’t forget the stair rails, stairs, and door trim). When a Buyer is waiting at the door to access your home; they’re usually checking out the surroundings.
Kitchen~ one of the first things a Buyer sees when looking at a home is the kitchen. Make sure yours is not only de-cluttered & clean but up to date. Granite counter-tops & stainless steel appliances are standard in todays’ real estate market.
If you’re not able to afford granite countertops there are many other similar surfaces that will suffice.
Bathroom~ a home with extra bathrooms will always be prime real estate for growing families.Consider upgrading counter-tops and fixtures if necessary. Renovating the master bath is money well spent when looking to add value. Older homes where all of the bedrooms are the same size; with just a bathroom in the hallway should consider adding a master bedroom with an en suite to appeal to today’s Buyers.
Deck/Sunroom~ a deck or sunroom brings endless enjoyment, and many uses. It’s not only a place to BBQ; play board games; or have a romantic dinner; the overall esthetic is appealing and a bonus many Buyers want.
Space~ the majority of Buyers are first time home-owners with young or growing families, so a spacious layout is a “must”. If you’re not willing to take down a wall or two; you can create space by first de-cluttering. Put some items in storage or have a yard sale.
For older homes that are naturally smaller; consider removing swinging doors, and install pocket doors. This is also an opportunity to widen doorways.
Basement~ if you have an unfinished basement; completing it before selling your home will bring you a happy return on investment. Here is another opportunity to add space by adding extra rooms, and overall living space. Your home will definitely be a consideration to Buyers because the majority of Builders do not complete the basements on new construction homes unless it’s requested by the Buyer.
Tip: to increase home value; be careful not to get carried away, and "overbuild" for your neighborhood. You should have a fair awareness of what's "standard" for your community. For example in some subdivisions; having just the front of the home constructed of brick, and the remainder constructed of vinyl may the norm. If you change the outside of your home to all brick; more than likely you won't see a return on your investment.