4 Ways to Instantly Increase the Value of Your Home
1. Keep up with the Maintenance: Small repairs and the general neglect of a home can make it appear less appealing than it really is. Perform an inspection to eliminate the risk of serious problems, then use the condition as a negotiation tool.
2. First Impressions are Lasting Impressions: More than one home has suffered from a bad first impression; overgrown shrubs, faded paint, lack of shutters and stained concrete walkways make any home look tired and dull. Fortunately, first impressions are fast and affordable projects; landscaping, pressure washing and a new doorknob quickly turn a tired entrance into an inviting space.
3. Upgrade Lights and Appliances: Upgrading lights and appliances might be one of the best ways to add value to any home. Energy-efficient appliances and beautiful LED lighting not only provide a modern, up-to-date appearance but are quieter, easier to operate and more dependable than older models.
4. Get a Cosmetic Second Opinion: If shag carpets and 1970s paint choices are still your pride and joy, then your home may need a cosmetic makeover before hitting the open market. Rather than allowing potential buyers to succumb to the “shock and awe” when encountering your cosmetically challenged home, strive for neutral colors and non-personalized decorations. Cosmetic fixes often result in the largest “bang for the buck” when it comes to adding value to the price of a home.