Your home is probably your most valuable asset, so it’s important to protect and grow this major investment. Whether you’re planning to sell in the near future – or you just want to boost your curb appeal a bit – these seven easy adjustments will make your home worth more money!
Inspect your house regularly. When prospective buyers get close to pulling the trigger, one of the first things they’ll do is have your home professionally inspected. If any nasty surprises are uncovered – such as mold or water damage – things are going to change. At best, you’ll have to lower your asking price. There’s also the possibility that the buyer will take their business elsewhere. Avoid this problem by inspecting your house regularly! A few important areas to check are your basement, attic and bathrooms.
Go minimalist. If you’re gearing up to show your home, it’s helpful to clear out some of the “stuff” that accumulates over the years. This includes everything from standard living-room clutter to pieces of furniture that don’t serve a specific purpose. This will make your home seem larger, more organized and full of potential. To get your minimalist mission going, check out these five pieces of furniture you don’t really need.
Paint your cabinets. Replacing your entire kitchen-cabinet setup can be expensive and time-consuming, but a fresh coat of paint can accomplish almost the same thing! Not only will this hide any scratches your cabinets may have picked up over time, it will give your kitchen a new look, too.
Use potted plants. A beautiful, lush garden on either side of the front door is great, but it’s not always feasible. If you don’t have the time to let your green thumb thrive, try placing little groups of potted plants on your front porch, instead. Your curb appeal will get an instant upgrade, but you won’t have to hire a part-time gardener to handle the upkeep.
Add storage. This is less about providing a ton of storage for potential buyers (although that’s important) and more about establishing an organized atmosphere in your home. You don’t need to fill every open spot in your house with cabinets or wardrobes, but there are probably a few simple additions you can make that will tie a room together. Need a jumping off point? Start in the kitchen!
Add extra seating. This one is so simple that a lot of people don’t even think of it! By adding some chairs and a table to an open part of your house, you instantly create a second dining or seating area. The furniture helps show the potential of the space, which can translate to a higher perceived value to the buyer. This is especially helpful for outdoor areas, such as your deck or patio.
Shine your stainless steel. A little bit of extra shine can make a big difference in the minds of potential buyers. Anything that’s stainless steel (like your sinks and faucets) is a perfect place to start, because it’s easy to really make them sparkle.