5 Ways To Increase The Value Of Your Home

by Editor on June 16, 2013

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There are many inexpensive home improvement projects that can add up to increasing the value of your home. For example, if you are trying to sell your home quickly for cash the main thing to remember is that the front yard appearance will set the tone that attracts buyers. If you are fixing up your home for a future sale, then you will want to make sure your home not only offers beautiful landscaping, but maybe some additional benefits such as energy efficiency as well. Follow these tips for adding value to your home, but also remember not to outdo your neighbors too much, since buyers will likely resist buying the most expensive house on your block.

1. Landscaping

Maintaining an attractive front and back yard can help add value to your home. Focus on landscaping that does not require much maintenance. A recent Gallup poll, according to the Los Angeles Times, found that attractive landscaping is an important concern of home buyers. Adding grass, flowers, trees, a small pond, etc are all relatively inexpensive ways to improve your home’s curb appeal.

2. Weatherproofing

You can lower your energy expenses by weatherproofing your home so that it’s naturally warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Weather-proofing involves making sure the home has sufficient insulation and the windows are sealed. New home buyers will be more impressed by energy efficient homes with low energy bills. If your roof is over 20 years old or has any leaks, it may be time for a new one. Evaluate other components of your home such as your hot water heater. Adding solar panels to your roof can add thousands of dollars to your home’s value.

3. Kitchen and Bathroom

Kitchens and bathrooms are very crucial in how fast a home can sell. It’s important that the functionality and appearance of all components within kitchens and bathrooms are in top shape. While the kitchen needs to look spacious, the bathrooms need to look uncluttered. Unless the home has a vintage theme, it’s better to use modern plumbing and faucets since old plumbing can cause inefficiency. When putting your home on the market, make sure you have eliminated odors, mold, dirt and leaks from the kitchen and the bathrooms.

4. Hardwood Flooring

Adding hardwood flooring to your home not only increases its value with natural beauty, it’s also more eco-friendly. At one time hardwood flooring was designed for formal rooms, but in recent years it has grown in popularity for use in any room due to its seamless appearance. Wooden floors built with a multi step drying process can produce stable floors that do not expand or contract as much from weather conditions. There’s more flexibility refinishing floors if you use solid wood as opposed to engineered wood. A 2013 survey by the National Association of Realtors reported that over 80 percent of new or existing home buyers preferred homes with hardwood flooring.

5. Painting

Adding a coat of paint to rooms and the exterior can give your home a brighter appearance. Make sure the colors are as neutral as possible, since neutral homes sell faster than very uniquely designed homes. Using contemporary colors will help make the home look more modern. Old paint that’s over ten years old can make a home look older and more run down and prevent a home from selling. Painting the trim alone can help make the home look newer. Painting the ceilings can also add brightness and value to your home.

About the Author

The writer of this article, Nicole, has been writing about home improvements for years. She recommends Lifewood Timber Floors as a high quality flooring option.

photo by: JanetR3

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