When you are ready to sell your home, it requires you to invest wisely in some upgrades. If your property requires a lot of work, it may be difficult for potential buyers to imagine the end result. Here are the 7 Home Improvement tips to instantly increase your home’s value.
This is always number one on my list for home improvement tips. It’s quick, easy, and cheap. You can do it yourself, or you can pay somebody else to do it, but it just refreshes the home and gives it a whole new vibe.
It makes your home look a lot nicer which makes it much more presentable to buyers when they’re coming through. It makes it easier for buyers to picture themselves and their own belongings in that space.
When your home is going on the market, you want it to appeal to the most number of people possible. The best way to achieve that is to have a neutral colour so that people can easily envision their own things in there.
A neutral colour gives off a warm and comfortable feeling, and it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb. You don’t want buyers walking away from your house and remembering the odd colours of the paint. That’s the key – you don’t want people to remember the colour of the house.
If you want to increase your home’s value, go out and get a nice, neutral colour, and paint the house. Refresh it, paint all the casings, the doors – everything. Get rid of the old with a brand new paint job, and immediately you’re going to see results.
Upgrade the Lighting
Go throughout the house and replace all the old lighting fixtures. Get rid of anything that looks really dated, like the old bulb lights that you might have in the rooms. It doesn’t have to be something over the top, just make sure it fits the house. If you have an older home with some character, maybe put in something that matches the style of the property.
Whereas, if you have a newer property, maybe you want to go with something slick and flat to get an ultra-modern look. Point is, a nice bright space really makes a difference. It makes the room look a lot bigger, and it presents your home in a better light.
Old lights make your place seem dull. They have an undesirable yellow hint, and the room looks dark and small. It really doesn’t do many favours for you.
So, get some nice, upgraded light fixtures, go through the house, update all the light fixtures, and I promise it’s going to make a world of difference.
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Upgrade the Hardware
If you have an older house you probably have yellowish light switches and outlets. Simply swap those out for nice, white, bright ones. They’re really going to fit in well with that new paint colour. Everything’s going to look modern, instead of looking old and stale. Replace your old door knobs or door handles with something a bit more modern looking. Look into replacing your faucets and taps, too. It’s not that expensive, but it really makes a difference.
It completely changes the way that your kitchen or bathroom or the entrance into your bedrooms looks. Your home goes from being completely out of style and out of date, to something nice and modern.
Sure, most people aren’t going to go through the house and fawn over how nice the door handles are. It’s one of those things that doesn’t get blatantly noticed, but it makes up part of the experience. Whereas, if you have something very outdated like old crystal door knobs, that’s definitely going to get noticed.
Buyers might think, “oh, look at all this, we’re going to have to update all the fixtures and door handles and this and that”. You don’t want that. You want to avoid those buyer thoughts by upgrading the fixtures to really nice, white, modern fixtures that fit in with the paint. It’s going to add character, personality, and beautify your home.
You don’t have to go out and get a brand new $30,000-$40,000 kitchen. You can work with what you’ve got, or maybe update it with something at a reasonable cost. Your home is going to sell much quicker with an upgraded kitchen. And that’s a win because at the end of the day, time is money.
There are really three things that you should focus on when upgrading your kitchen: your appliances, your countertops and your backsplash. The appliances should be newer, but they don’t have to be brand new. For your countertops, you can look into getting quartz, or granite, or something similar to add extra value. If you don’t have a backsplash, just putting a backsplash on makes a huge difference in a kitchen and it’s not that expensive.
Lastly, you’ll also want to consider upgrading your cupboards. You don’t have to replace them with whole new cupboards. Just updating the hardware on them can make a huge difference and get them to look really nice. When buyers come through the home, they’re going to feel like they can just move in.
They can purchase the home without having to do any work on their own. An upgraded kitchen is going to help your home sell a lot quicker while helping you get top dollar for the property.
If you have carpets, take the carpets out. Nobody really wants to have carpets in their properties, everybody wants to be carpet free. One of the best ways to do this is laminate flooring. Laminate flooring is super nice and affordable these days. You can spend just a few thousand dollars to put in some laminate flooring.
If you have a little bit of know-how, it’s quite easy to install by yourself – it just kind of clicks together. You’re going to see that return on investment, too. I’d say you can get $2-$3 for every dollar you spend on flooring.
Whatever you decide to do, just make sure you get rid of that carpet, and it’s going to look fabulous.
Make sure your grass is cut, the bushes are trimmed, and there’s mulch where it needs to be. Ensure that everything is nice and clean and tidy on the outside. Now your home looks great inside, so it should look great outside, too. That way the whole thing comes together.
You want the buyer to have a great experience going through your whole property, and the first place that they’re going to see is the outside. So, if your outside looks great, and then they enter and the inside looks great, you’re likely going to have an easy time selling your property.
Stage Your Property
There’s a huge difference between properties that are staged, and ones that are not staged. It’s really worth the money. If your home is vacant and you’re looking to have the whole home staged, you’re looking at a few thousand dollars of investment for putting in all the furniture and staging everything appropriately. But, it makes a big difference at the end of the day. It gives the buyers a great idea of what the home could look like.
They don’t have to use their imagination to place the furniture – which most people struggle to even do if they’re walking through an empty house. All they see is an empty house, and they have a hard time picturing furniture there.
So when you place the furniture there for them, it really gives them an idea of what can be done with space. It’s also going to detract from some of the negative features that might be present, and it’s going to be a great overall experience for people that go through the home.
The stager is going to come in and move some things around, they’ll tell you to remove certain items, and they’ll have it looking so much better with the staging.
When listing your home, your property is a product that you’re selling. Use these 7 tips to make sure that it looks like a top-notch product. Thank you!