There are many reasons why homeowners will want to make changes to their homes. Some may be looking into selling their house, while others want to make it up to date. Remodeling your home can sometimes get expensive, but there are also cheap and easy design ideas that have significant impact.
Here are ways how to increase the value of your home:
- Repaint your house.
You do not have to repaint your whole house just if the budget does not permit. What you can do instead is to repaint one side of the wall or one room (perhaps the powder room) or simply create an accent wall here and another accent wall there.
Real estate agents recommend homeowners to repaint their houses first before posting them up for sale. A fresh coat of paint will add thousands of value to your home, as it will make it look entirely new.
- Declutter and organize your home.
Doing this is free, but it is one of the best design upgrades you can do for your home. Declutter your house to create space. For instance, if some cupboards and cabinets are no longer in good condition or are not usable anymore, then it is time to put them up for sale or donate them. There’s no use keeping stuff that has no function.
Real estate agents all agree that buyers prefer homes with a lot of space. Space creates a light feeling and lets the air and energy inside the home flow freely.
- Landscape or keep your lawn well maintained.
Not all landscaping jobs are expensive. There are even those that you can do yourself. You can start by clearing unsightly weeds and keeping the grass well maintained. You do not need to be very elaborate with fountains, pavers, and the like. For as long as your plants are trimmed and well kept, your home will look like a picture-perfect one. A clean lawn will instantly add value to your home.
- Update your kitchen.
A lot of buyers make a great deal about how the kitchen is working and how it looks. Out of all the rooms in a house, it is the kitchen that needs an upgrade on a regular basis. This tops the list of the must do jobs for selling your home. The reason is simple: this is the room in the house that gets the most traffic. Most families prepare meals at least twice a day. The kitchen is subject to a lot of wear and tear. If you can only afford to fix one part of your house right now, it is best to redesign your kitchen.
- Replace your windows.
Windows frame and shape the house, so do something about them. Newer window designs have energy-efficient features that allow more natural air and daylight sun to come through. If the wood frames are starting to rot, replace these structures but keep the glass for a cheaper upgrade. Replacing your windows with more modern designs will help make a lasting first impression on potential buyers if you are looking to sell your home.
- Upgrade your storage.
Storage spaces are very important. Storage-savvy homes always have a higher value than dwellings where storage is a problem. Just do not overdo it to the point that your house will seem crowded. If you can, ask the help of an interior designer, or you can check the web for clever storage ideas that will surprise you! (e.g., under-the-bed shoe storage, behind the mirror cabinet, or a storage room under the staircase).
- Trade your carpets for the hardwood floor.
A hardwood floor can last for many years, while carpets need replacing every ten (10) years. Wooden floors will also make your home look more sleek, clean, and elegant. Rugs can tend to be old-fashioned and is also a major pet peeve for some buyers who have pets or asthmatic children. If a truly hardwood floor is too expensive for you at the moment, you can consider various wooden laminate floorings. If you take good care of your floor, it will make your home look more expensive with a higher value.
As your home is probably the most expensive asset you own, you have to plan appropriately the changes that you implement. These ideas will give your home a fresh and brand-new look without breaking the bank. Make sure that every penny spent on your home is truly worth it so that you can maximize your home’s potential!