Increase Your Home’s Value in 3 Steps
Increasing the value of your home doesn’t have to be a daunting task. It doesn’t have to be exclusively for ready-to-sell homeowners, either. In fact, increasing a home’s value works best when the improvement process takes time, rather than cramming into a few months before the ‘for sale’ sign goes up. If you’re unsure of how to get started, HGTV.com encourages you to start with a plan. Check out these three helpful tips to get your creative juices flowing.
1. Make a List – Your plan should start on paper. Write down everything you want to change in your home. They can be major changes, like a bathroom remodel, to smaller changes like replacing an old rug. Decide what can be taken care of right away and what needs thorough planning by making a monthly schedule. Finally, do your research to determine the cost of your upgrades and if you need to hire outside help.
2. Tackle Each Room – A home upgrade doesn’t need to mean gutting the entire interior and remodeling with state-of-the-art equipment. Smaller updates can go a long way, like replacing old faucets, doors, and lighting fixtures. Updates you can take with you are a great way to improve your home’s appeal as well, like updating décor and furniture.
3. Keep it clean – “If you were a buyer, would you choose the house that is slightly dingy or the home down the street that is clean and welcoming?” – HGTV.com. Increase the curb appeal of your home, both inside and out. Start by purging your home of clutter, cleaning away dirt, and setting up organizational systems you know your family will use. Groom your outside property as well. A beautiful garden freshly painted front door, and clean lawn will make a wonderful first impression.
Besides increasing the value of your home, upgrading your living space does wonders for your psyche as well. When your home is a clean, attractive, and enjoyable living space, it makes you feel happier, more productive, and relaxed. These upgrades don’t necessarily need to be so you can sell and leave—they can be vital updates to a space you are proud to call home.
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