Improving your home’s value when it is up for sale is a natural part of the selling process. But while it might be tempting to renovate entire rooms or kitchens with expensive upgrades and appliances, but simple, quick fixes can increase your home’s value without a the risk of losing more money through unneeded purchases. Here are five ways to easily improve your house and make it more marketable.
1. Clean Up
A house that is well-maintained sells. Pay attention to things like the grout between floor or shower tiles: if it’s dirty, scrub it with a hard bristled cleaning brush and a solution of ammonia, baking soda, white vinegar and warm water. Also get rid of cluttering items, like piles of magazines or newspapers, which make rooms look messier and smaller. Outside the house, mow the lawn, trim bushes and tress, and tidy up.
Cleaning up also entails paying attention to lingering odors. Make sure to clean up the litter box, take out the compost and garbage, or freshen up the garbage disposal by grinding lemon in it. But do not buy air fresheners; the overpowering scents can dissuade potential buyers.
2. Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets
According to the 2013 study by the National Kitchen and Bath Association, white-painted cabinets in homes are a popular and growing trend. Not only do they bring in light and an airy atmosphere into the kitchen, but they make your kitchen look cleaner as well. You do not need to install a whole new set of cabinets and make an expensive upgrade: just buy a can or two of white paint to give your kitchen an easy aesthetic makeover.
3. Install a Home Security System
Every family wants their home to feel comfortable and safe. Installing a home security system not only is a great way to protect your home, but it also creates a safe environment and improves your home’s value. Usually installations only take one day, and many companies have deals for new sign ups, making it a cheap and affordable improvement.
4. Add Storage
Homebuyers always search for adequate and extra storage in preparation for growth and expansion. Storage space also allows a space to become used for different purposes, such as an office that can quickly become a guest bedroom. Adding more store space can be as easy as adding a wire rack system in a basic closet. Installing shelves or adding freestanding wardrobes are both cheap and effective ways to increase storage in a room.
5. Upgrade the Small Details
Renovating whole rooms with new furniture, paint, floors, and appliances can be expensive. But small upgrades can go a long way in terms of preparing your home for a sale. Look for things that can be replaced, such as faucets, doorknobs, or outlet faceplates. Some things do not even need a complete replacement; for example, replace ceiling fan blades instead of the entire piece is cheaper and still creates a new, impressive look. Install hardware for pullout trashcans, which is a popular add-on in kitchen design. And while you paint your kitchen cabinets, consider changing the cabinet hardware for an improved look.
Making your home more attractive to buyers and increase its value does not mean you need to spend a lot. By paying attention to small details and improving what you have, you can expect a significant increase in home value.