Ways to Show Your Home Love (& Add Value)
For many Americans, your home is your biggest investment. Whether you intend to sell your home soon or plan to live there a few more years, there are plenty of projects you can tackle to increase the value of your home. Here are some of the most popular remodeling projects and simple updates that will yield greater returns on your investment.
Gone are the days of homeowners wanting wall to wall carpeting throughout the house. The latest trends in flooring include hardwood, tile, and other materials like polished and stamped concrete.
Carpeting can hold all manner of allergens and stains are hard to eliminate. If you have an older home with hardwood under carpet, you’re in luck! Pulling up your carpeting and refinishing your hardwood floors isn’t as difficult as it may seem. With the right tools and a little research it can be done on your own. The hard work and beautiful results will add to the value your home.
And even if you don’t have hardwood under your carpet, there are still affordable options for adding value to your home. Laminate and engineered wood flooring can offer a lovely option for a lower price than solid hardwood.
So much happens in the kitchen, it’s no surprise that upgrades here can really add to the value of your home. Replace old appliances like the stove, microwave, refrigerator, and dishwasher with with new ones. Stay on trend with a sleek stainless steel finish.
You might also consider updating your kitchen flooring, cabinets, and lighting, too. And don’t forget the backsplash. Stick with neutral colors in classic styles to get the most bang for your remodeling buck.
Whether you’re a DIY type or need to hire a professional, consider the kitchen as a crucial space for would-be buyers. Even if you don’t plan to do anything else to update your home, move a few kitchen updates to the top of your to-do list this year.
Replace old fixtures like lights, doorknobs, and cabinets with something fresh and new. Bathroom lighting is big deal. Consider how important it is every morning as you get ready for your day. Make sure it’s bright and the fixtures are stylish.
Take a good hard look at your tub/shower. If they are past their expiration dates, consider having an upgrade installed. Replace or repair broken and cracked tile. Consider having your grout professionally cleaned or refurbished if it needs it.
The Garage Door-
A new garage door is always a good idea and instantly adds to your home’s value. In colder climates, opt for one with insulation. No matter the style of your home, a new garage door is a selling point.
There are so many styles and materials to choose from these days. Choose a garage door that complements the look of your home. This can help create a more cohesive look and give your curb appeal a boost.
This is a proven upgrade for increasing the value of your home. Good attic insulation lowers heating and cooling costs. That means significant year long savings and a more comfortable home. It might not be the most seductive upgrade, but the added value to your home is sure to excite would-be buyers.
These are just a few upgrades you can do to increase the value of your home. Discover what upgrades are right for you. And keep in mind that you aren’t trying to remodel your home for the next owner. It’s more about making your home appealing to would-be buyers so it stands out among the competition of other homes on the market.
Curious what your home is worth? Use our free home valuation tool to find out now! And if you’re thinking about selling your home, this is a great time.