For some, home improvement tasks are a pleasurable experience that serves the purpose of making one’s house more enjoyable to live in. For others, it’s a task that gets completed only to improve the resale value of one’s home.
Depending on the quality of state of your home, the tasks you complete to improve the resale value will vary. Here are some common ways to improve the resale value of a modern house.
Install Radiant Heating
If you live in an area that experiences cold winters, installing radiant heating might be the best thing you ever did. Not only is this method of heating one’s home believed to be one of the most energy-efficient methods due to its even heat distribution, but it will also greatly improve the value of your home.
According to EZ Heat Zone, installing in-floor heating will also present you with an opportunity to add insulation to your floors, a feature which many homes lack. Before you sell your home, you’ll see your energy consumption and heat bill decrease significantly as a result. It’s also nice to step out of bed onto a warm floor; it makes mornings more bearable.
Curb appeal is a real thing! Improving your curb appeal will drastically increase the resale value of your home as well as the buyers who come knocking when that “For Sale” sign goes up. Fortunately for you, we live in an entrepreneur-based economy and have a lot of access to DIY project plans. As a result, improving your curb appeal by landscaping is more affordable than ever.
You don’t have to go over the top when trying to improve your curb appeal. Weeding gardens and planting some low maintenance perennials, replacing broken walkway blocks, and pruning the hedges is often all it takes to make a difference. You may also need to look at painting or refinishing a deck or the exterior walls and trim of your home, which is more of a task but has a huge overall impact.
Focus on the Kitchen
Kitchens sell houses. Buyers often overlook everything else if they find a house with a kitchen that they love. Therefore, it makes sense to focus on improving your kitchen above all else if you have the intent to sell your home. It’s also worth noting that the kitchen is often the most expensive room to renovate, due to the various fixtures, appliances, and elements required to make it functional.
If you need to do renovations and have a limited budget, put the majority of that budget toward updating the kitchen. Make it as bright, spacious, and functional as possible with the budget you have.
Upgrade the Bathroom
The bathroom is another major selling feature in a house, and if yours hasn’t been updated since the late 1980s, it’s time to make a change. Bathroom renovations are often challenging, as they tend to be a small area with complex plumbing and expensive fixtures.
When working to upgrade your home for selling, don’t get caught up on all the gadgets available on the hardware store shelves. Find simple, energy-efficient fixtures that will appeal to the masses.
Fresh Coat of Paint
New paint goes a long way, especially if you’ve been in a house for a while or have eclectic color tastes that you’ve used to personalize your abode. Neutral colors sell better than bold, as they allow potential buyers to see beyond the decor and look at the house itself.
Painting is one of those tasks that many people will DIY. There are, however, lots of skilled painters who offer their services at an affordable rate. Sit down and consider your skills with a roller and edger, and the time taken and stress endured to handle this task yourself. You may find that paying a painter is well worth the expense.
Making small improvements over time is the best way to improve the resale value of your home while sticking to a home improvement budget. Keep things simple and consult with a real estate agent to see where your focus should be when looking to improve your home to sell.