4 investments worth making in your home today.

Real Estate Agent with Southwest Missouri Realty

4 investments worth making in your home today.


Whenever you move into a new home, start thinking about long term investments that could help you down the road when you decide to sell!


You should update key areas of the home.

What would a key area be? Think about where you hang out the most. The first place to start would be the living room. Check your lighting. This is an easy fix and can have a big impact on the overall feel of the room. Just by updating your lamps to some that have a cozy feel can make a huge difference. Also, check your art. Don’t overdo it here but adding some pieces that are calm and comforting is a great way to add a relaxing theme throughout your home.

Next, check your bathrooms. Make sure they are fresh, clean, and always smell good. Consider adding a rain shower or a new tub to better entice those eager home buyers when you do get ready to sell.

For a bigger investment, replacing counters by adding quartz or granite are practical, useful choices that will go the distance.


Flooring is a big deal.

Most people look at the flooring of a home before anything else. Think about it: how many times do you always look at the floor?! Replace the flooring in the most common areas such as the kitchen, bathroom, and hallways. If you have pets, make sure you choose the appropriate flooring. Another great tip is to choose neutral colors. Something that is extreme will not be pleasing to everyone but by keeping it neutral, this gives the freedom to have different furniture pieces or accessories depending on what is trending.

Be energy efficient.

More and more people like to see energy efficiency. It lowers the cost of utility bills and everyone likes lowering those. Some of these changes can result in a larger initial investment, but the sooner you make it happen, the sooner you start seeing those cheaper bills come your way. Anything from new appliances to smart home tech can do the job for you.

Make sure you have quality furniture.

Obviously, the furniture doesn’t stay with the home but having quality furniture is like staging your home the right way. Most people don’t think about the area without the furniture in it because they are focusing on what the room looks like with everything currently in it. It gives the buyer an idea of how much furniture can fit into a space and what a potential setup might be. Cheaper furniture may take away from the way the room is built by making it look smaller or even run-down. Plus, it is always good to buy quality furniture as it allows you to buy furniture less often!

Remember these four tips when you are thinking about updating your home. Not only will they make you feel better about your investments, they will also help your home stand out from the rest!

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About The Authors:  Betty Knowles is a full-time REALTOR® with Southwest Missouri Realty in Springfield, MO She also served as President of Women’s Council Of REALTORS® in Southwest Missouri.  Betty’s genuine passion is helping people buy and sell homes in Springfield, Ozark, Nixa, and surrounding communities.  

John Knowles is likewise a REALTOR® with Southwest Missouri Realty and a member of the Greater Springfield Board of REALTORS®.  John is also a FAA part 107 certified drone pilot to get those amazing shots and videos of our properties! 


Together this dynamic team makes up TeamKnowles REALTORS®, Spouses Selling Houses!  They are dedicated to doing what it takes to sell your home in the greater Springfield real estate market, or help you purchase a home that fits your particular needs. Give TeamKnowles a call today; you’ll be glad you did!


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Comments (3)

Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Betty,  Yes flooring is a big item that sells homes in the past for me.  Give it a fresh look.


Mar 10, 2020 08:56 AM
Deb McGuire CNE, ABR, SRS
Keller Williams Capital Partners - Columbus, OH

It's often hard for sellers to understand how upgrading their furniture will assist with a sale, but it truly makes a big difference.  

Mar 10, 2020 11:42 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

In older homes, the carpet might be hiding old wood floors that just need to be refinished to their former glory.

Mar 10, 2020 02:23 PM