Home Improvement Tips to Increase the Value of Your Home

Putting your home on the market is a real challenge that should not be taken lightly.  The real estate market is an exceptionally competitive one, so you must do everything you can to make your home look attractive to potential buyers.  Before you put your home on the market, spend some time going through each room and consider what the home is missing.  You will want to consult with a real estate agent to find out what buyers are looking for in your neighborhood.  Here are some of the most common projects that may help increase the value of your home:

  • Curb appeal – A potential buyer’s first impressions of your home are formed the moment they pull into the driveway or the street in front of your home.  To really wow them on their first impressions, add some attractive landscaping and keep the lawn perfectly manicured.  Also consider replacing the siding or doing other exterior fixes.
  • Entryway improvements – The entryway of the home is the second thing buyers see when they come to view your home, so make sure that this area is spotless and airy.  Consider adding new flooring or staging it appropriately.
  • Kitchen upgrades – The kitchen is the heart of the home, so any upgrades you can do there will greatly increase the value.  New flooring and new appliances are especially noticeable to prospective buyers.  If the cabinets are in good shape but are outdated, consider updating the hardware on them for a fresher look.
  • A fresh coat of paint – It is always a good idea to grab the paint brushes when you prepare to put your home on the market, and this is the time also to neutralize the paint colors in your home.  Many potential buyers simply love a particular home, but when they get to one of the rooms with a non-neutral paint color in it, it’s a deal breaker.  Also remember to cover all the scuff marks on the wall when you’re repainting so that everything looks perfect.
  • Energy efficiency – These days prospective buyers are really looking for energy efficient features in a home, like added insulation or Energy Star rated appliances.  Consider making a few changes that will improve the home’s energy efficiency in some way.
  • Closet organization – Many sellers do not even think much about their closets when they are busily trying to get the rest of the home ready to put on the market, but the closets are just as important as the rest of the home.  Prospective buyers will be peeking inside of them, and what they see makes a huge difference.  Built-in organizers are a great addition to any home because they add to its organizational appeal.

These are just a few of the home improvement projects that will help increase the value of your home before you put it on the market.  Not every home will need all of these jobs, and some of them may need a rather unusual project before it will become sellable to most buyers.  You may need to look at adding a fence or making other very specific changes to your home.

A real estate agent can help you figure out which of the above projects will give you the biggest bang for your buck in terms of increasing the value of your home.  The key is to balance spending with how much of that money you will get back in the sale of your home.  Let Your Choice Realty point you in the right direction so that your home will sell at top price in the least amount of time possible.