Home…Improvement…Project. How can three simple words elicit so much raw emotion in the hearts of so many? Simply mention that most dreaded of phrases around a poor, unsuspecting homeowner and you will notice a genuine shudder of fear dance down their spine, as they instantly become plagued with visions of disheveled kitchens, devastated bathrooms and vast sums of money vanishing into the dark abyss of a starless night.
Making improvements to one’s home can feel like a daunting task. In time, however, these important changes can go a long way towards improving your home’s equity and overall resell value.
Whether looking to sell your home in the near future or you’re just interested in making a few proactive changes, here are five easy steps to improving your home’s value.
Know Before You Go
Before you make the first improvement, you need to create a game plan of what needs to be fixed and what’s going to be left alone. Start by hiring a home inspector to check your property for any problems that may negatively impact your home’s value. You can’t fix a problem if you don’t even know it exists, and a cosmetic remodel won’t do much good if halfway through the project you discover your home has dry rot. Even small problems, such as a hidden water leak, can become big, expensive problems if you don’t fix them quickly. You’ll save a considerable amount of both time and money if you make these kind of repairs to your home sooner rather than later.
In terms of cosmetic improvement, invite a realtor to take a quick walk through your house. Most realtors will do this as a courtesy, and they can offer invaluable insight into the ways you can best improve your home’s marketability.
Less is More
Just as dust overtime accumulates on the baseboards, it’s easy for a home to accumulate superfluous furniture and décor. Remember, you only have a finite amount of space in your home. One of the easiest ways you can improve your resell value is by simply eliminating the clutter from your house.
Start by hosting a yard sale or an online auction for the items in your home that you never use or have no attachment to. You can also give unwanted items a new purpose by donating them to a local charity, such as Habitat for Humanity or Goodwill. Once decluttered, your home will feel much more open and inviting to both you and prospective buyers.
Start from the Outside and Work Your Way In
When it comes to selling your home, first impressions really matter. That’s why curb appeal-or how attractive your home looks from the street- is so important. It doesn’t really matter how beautiful you make your home’s interior look if prospective buyers are put off by an ugly exterior.
Start by making sure you existing landscape looks well maintained. If your exterior looks drab in comparison with your neighbors, beautify your yard by planting flowers or adding a shrubbery. A fresh coat of paint to the front door and shutters are also great ways to freshen the appearance of your home’s exterior.
Once the exterior of your home looks attractive, you can shift your focus and begin improving the appearance of your home’s interior.
Adding a fresh coat of paint is a cheap and easy way to make any room look clean and updated. On average, a gallon of paint only costs around $25 but the value it can add to your home is astronomical. However, it is crucial that you pick the right color for your home. When perusing through color swatches, you should select a nice, neutral color that will appeal to the widest range of people.
Little Things Can Make a Big Difference
Let’s face it, home improvement is an expensive endeavor. The time and money placed into larger projects like a kitchen remodel or new flooring installation are daunting for anyone. However, not every home improvement project has to be a herculean task. Many homeowners are surprised to learn just how big of an impact little changes, like replacing old faucets and door knobs, can make towards improving the value of their home.
If you have spent a bundle on making an upgrade or you feel overwhelmed after completing a particularly vexing project, spend the next couple of months making small changes around your house. Upgrade a couple of electric plugs or buy a new mirror for the living room. After a while, you’ll be amazed just what a difference these little changes can make.
Trust Your Home to the Professionals
Once your home improvement projects are complete and you’re ready to start the process of selling your house, turn to your friends at Better Homes and Garden Real Estate Elliott Coastal Living. For more than 60 years, BHGRE Elliott Coastal Living has been the name you can trust in the Grand Strand for all your real estate needs. Using the latest technology and most innovative strategies, we guarantee that our friendly staff and real estate professionals will get you the most amount of money for your house.
Give us a call at 843-280-5704 or stop by our office today.