How to increase the value of your home.
Your home is your most valuable asset, but that value can fluctuate. So whether you’re looking to sell shortly or sometime down the line, follow these tips to make sure your house is worth as much as possible—and I don’t mean for sentimental reasons.
The most obvious way to increase the value of your home is to clean it up. I’m talking about inside and out, top to bottom, front to back—you get the idea. If you’ve got a yard, make sure it’s well-kept and devoid of trash or debris that may be visible from the street. If there’s an attached garage or basement, clean those too! You may want to consider keeping your toys in storage if they’re taking up space that can otherwise be used for something else (like more valuable items). I’d also recommend spending some time organising your attic—you never know what might be hiding up there!
Organising your home is the first step to increasing its value. If you have clutter everywhere and don’t take care of it, buyers will think that no one cares for the place. The same goes for keeping your house clean and organised.
If you want to upgrade the value of your home, getting rid of the junk in it will help a lot! Instead of having boxes full of things lying around, put them away neatly in their proper places so that buyers can imagine themselves living there someday.
Having an organised home also makes it look like you’ve been living there for years instead of just buying it today or yesterday; this makes people feel more confident about buying something from someone who has been there longer than they have!
The first step to increasing the value of your home is to get rid of clutter.
Clutter can distract from the many other things happening in a room, making it difficult for buyers to focus on what’s important: the house itself. Clutter is also a sign of disorganisation, which can make buyers feel that they wouldn’t be able to organise their space properly if they bought the house. If you don’t want something or need space for something else, remove it! If something belongs in another room (like tools), consider storing it elsewhere or donating it if you don’t have space for storage.
Clutter can be a safety hazard: tripping over things and hitting your head on poorly placed furniture could ruin someone’s dream home purchase before they even get started looking at houses! Think about what items might cause injury if someone were walking through—if you’re not sure whether an item would cause an issue, move it out of sight just to be safe (it will still be available for later).
Cluttered rooms tend not only lack appeal but also look smaller than they are because visual clutter creates barriers between objects and walls/floors, which makes them seem farther apart than they actually are.”
Sunlight is indeed the source of life, but there’s a reason we call it “electricity” and not “sunlight”. The electric light bulb has transformed our lives for the better in many ways: we can now read at night without having to search for a lamp that hasn’t run out of oil; we can safely navigate our way through darkened rooms without stumbling over furniture or injuring ourselves on sharp objects. But it had another significant impact on architecture—it enabled us to make our homes brighter by adding more light fixtures.
Although you may think your home is already bright enough, consider this: If you added one more lamp in each room (preferably where there are currently no lights), your house would feel much lighter than before. In addition, it’s worth considering whether or not it would be useful to add electric lighting fixtures in dark corners and nooks where they don’t currently exist.
Focus on the kitchen first
The kitchen is the most crucial room, so you should focus on updating it first.
The kitchen is also the most likely room to be updated, which will add value to your home and make it more appealing for buyers.
And if that doesn’t convince you, consider this: kitchens are visited more frequently than any other room in the house!
Thus, if you want to increase its value quickly, start with this essential space.
Focus on the bathroom second
You might think that since the bathroom is among the most expensive rooms to renovate, and since it’s one of the first rooms prospective buyers will see, it would be essential to focus on this room when you’re trying to increase the value of your home.
But according to real estate agents, kitchens are actually more important than bathrooms. The kitchen is where people cook dinner and entertain friends. It’s where families gather for holiday meals and birthday celebrations. So when you think about it that way, kitchens are a pretty big deal—which means they should be placed high on our list of priorities when we’re trying to increase the value of our homes!
Paint, change out hardware and light fixtures
If you are painting, replacing light fixtures or hardware, or making any other changes to your home’s interior design, remember: You should paint your walls neutral colours. The same goes for replacing carpeting and tile.
If you’re not sure what “neutral” means in the context of interior design, think white—or beige if you want something warmer than pure white. This is because neutral colours allow potential buyers to visualise themselves living in your home without being distracted by bright colours that could clash with their own tastes.
Update flooring, carpet and tile
You can make your home more valuable by updating the flooring. Here are a few ideas:
- Replace carpet and tile, or vice versa. Hardwood is easier to maintain than carpet, but there’s no reason you can’t have both – just make sure to keep it clean! Tile is also an option, although some people prefer carpet because it feels warmer in winter (and cooler in summer).
- Replace hardwood with hardwood, or vice versa. This is mostly personal preference and budget-related – if you’re looking for something cheap and easy, just pick whichever seems best at the time!
Add a deck or patio
If you want to make your home more valuable, adding a deck or patio can be a great way to do it. Not only does the room enhance the appearance of your home and improve its curb appeal, but it also adds valuable square footage and gives potential buyers another reason to purchase (and not just rent) your home. For example, if you have an extra bedroom in your basement that’s just taking up space because no one ever uses it and the plumbing could use some work before turning it into an actual bathroom—well, now you might have an opportunity on your hands! You can convert that unused space into something useful (and potentially even profit-making) like a deck or patio!
With all this talk about adding decks/patios to our homes as part of our effort at increasing their overall value…you wouldn’t think there would be anything left for us homeowners to do once we’ve finished improving our property with such projects as these… wouldn’t think so until I learned about another option: adding new doors! That’s right—even though most people never think about replacing their front door due to its importance in maintaining privacy throughout their day-to-day life…there is still plenty more room for improvement when looking at other ways.
You can up the value of your home if you know what to do.
You can up the value of your home if you know what to do.
- Home Inspection. Getting a home inspection is one of the most important steps in buying a house, because it’s an unbiased opinion on what condition the house is in, and whether or not it will need major repairs in the near future. The inspector will look at everything from structural elements like walls and foundations to little things like electrical outlets and light fixtures. If there are problems, they’ll be noted so that they can be addressed before closing—or considered when deciding which offers on the house are more appealing than others (and thus worth considering). If there’s nothing wrong with your new home, no worries! You’ll still have peace of mind knowing that everything is up to code before making such an important purchase decision.
- Professional Help for Everything Else! If you’re trying to sell your own home or buy another one yourself but don’t know where to start (or even how!), then contact me today!
Now that you know how to increase the value of your home, you are ready to take on a project like no other! You can start with one or two of these projects and see how it goes before jumping in headfirst. If you don’t feel comfortable tackling a big renovation on your own, there are plenty of professionals out there who can help!
Reach out to our agents to understand the value of your home.