Minor Upgrades to Increase Your Home's Value
If you're gearing up to put your home on the market, the fastest way to increase your home's value on a lower budget is by making some minor upgrades. Be sure to have a plan in place and a list of what you'll need to avoid going over-budget or taking too much time for the changes. Here are 11 minor upgrades to increase your home's value:
1. Replace faucets and hardware in bathroom and kitchen. Brand new hardware will change the look and feel of the room. Choose hardware that creates a more modern vibe, which is what appeals to the majority of homebuyers today.
2. Upgrade the decor. Modern, simple decor in neutral colors will appeal to everyone, no matter their personality or style. Easily do this by changing curtains, throw blankets, area rugs, throw pillows or lamps.
3. De-clutter! Tackle one room at a time. Simplifying the living space will make your home feel larger and more appealing. Need help organizing? Flourish In Your Space is a great resource to help tackle your projects - big or small!
4. Don't forget the exterior! If you have walkways, accentuate them with flowers or lantern lighting. Paint your front door to create a focal point. Plant trees or shrubs. Opt for plants that are native to your area or are drought-tolerant, they require less maintenance.
5. Change paint colors. One of the most effective an easiest improvements is paint! If you let your child paint her room a bright purple, it's probably best to change it to a lighter, warmer color. Light neutrals are always the way to go when putting your house on the market.
6. Update Cabinetry. Opt for a faux-wood finish or new paint on your kitchen cabinets. They'll appear brand new, without having to gut and renovate.
7. Upgrade your bath area. Install a new shower head with body sprays and stone tile. Creating a Zen-like atmosphere will appeal to any buyer. Replace an outdated vanity or chose to move lighting to the walls as opposed to the ceilings to create a warmer, spa-like environment.
8. Hold the popcorn! Does your home still have popcorn ceilings? This outdated design is a big no-no in today's market. Be sure to have it tested by a professional for asbestos before tackling this project.
9. Make the most out of tight spaces. Does your home have small living spaces? Follow these trends for decorating small spaces.
10. Pay attention to flooring. Replace worn carpets or area rugs, or have your hardwood re-polished. Buyers are turned off with the thought that they will need to immediately replace your used, worn rugs. If you don't have budget to do the entire home, start with the areas that need the most TLC.
11. Make it more energy efficient. Energy conservation features can have a huge impact on your home value. Consider LED lighting, more attic insulation, double-paned windows or even energy efficient appliances.
Need assistance with getting your home ready for the market? Boston Modern Staging + Design offers free consultations, renovation and remodel planning and occupied staging for your home. Contact us today!