As a homeowner, you’re responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of your home, or you have to hire someone to do it for you. But home improvements don’t have to be big undertakings. In fact, there are many things you can do by yourself on a weekend that will not only make your house more attractive, but could even increase the value of your home.
This is especially important if you’re thinking about moving at some point in the future because then you’ll be able to ask for a higher selling price. This article is for everyone wondering, “what is my home worth, and what can I do to increase its value?”
Give the Walls a Fresh New Look
One way to increase the value of your home is to give the walls a brand new look. Take a walk around your home, both inside and outside, and look at the walls. Really look at them. How many scuff marks, dirt spots, or downright unattractive areas can you find? If you’re able to count a bunch then maybe it’s time to freshen up the paint job on your walls. This will not only help breathe life back into your home, but it will do wonders to increase its overall appearance and value.
Of course, before they get some new paint, it might be a good idea to give them a thorough cleaning to get rid of any dirt or debris that could sabotage your painting efforts. Also, if you are planning to sell your home at some point in the future, then try sticking to neutral colors in the main living spaces to appeal to a broader audience of potential buyers.
Make Your Home Energy-Efficient
Upgrading your home to include more energy-efficient features will not only help you save money in the short-term, but it’s a good long-term strategy for homeowners that are considering selling. Making these adjustments could range from simple little fixes to much bigger investments.
On the simpler end of the spectrum, you could replace the light fixtures in your home to use LED bulbs, which are both energy-efficient and cost-efficient when compared to other types of bulbs. Another quick fix would be to replace your old shower head with a water-saving shower head. Users barely notice a difference in water pressure while taking a shower, and you’ll have more money in your pocket at the end of each month.
On the investment side of the spectrum, you could replace bigger appliances like the dishwasher, washing machine, dryer, and refrigerator with newer energy-efficient models.
Update Your Most Used Spaces
We’re looking at your kitchen, bathroom, living room and bedroom. These are the rooms that get used the most and, more than likely, are worn the fastest. Could your kitchen or bathroom benefit from being updated? How would your cabinets look with a new coat of paint or shiny new hardware? Wouldn’t the room look better with an upgraded sink or faucet? How about some new flooring? How would your living room or bedroom look with new lighting or a ceiling fan?
These are all things to consider and could easily raise the value of your home. Plus, many of these projects can be done on your own and in a single weekend.
Upgrade the Curb Appeal
Use this opportunity to really focus on your landscaping to make your home more attractive. Plant some flowers, add a small tree or some shrubs, or fix up the old walkway. Remember to pull the weeds from flower beds and sidewalk, and pick up any fallen branches in the yard. Another tip would be to add solar powered pathway lights to illuminate the walkway leading to your front door.
Use these simple tips to breathe new life into your home and increase its value at the same time.