Buying a house is perhaps the most valuable purchase a person can make during his lifetime. You’ve probably felt that way too when you built or bought the house you’re living in today. But there might come a time when you need to sell your home whether you’re moving into a bigger one, being relocated because of work, or simply for financial reasons. Increasing your home’s value through renovation ensures that you get a good deal when the times comes around. Here are some tips to help you through the process.
Start With The Kitchen
Real estate experts agree that upgrading the kitchen yields the greatest return. Small, simple remodeling tasks like changing the paint works like magic. You can even give the cabinets a faux wood paint finish so they have a cherry finish. If you want to give it a modern look, go with stainless steel. Replace worn out appliances with those of metallic color. Do the same with switches. You can also retile your countertops and kitchen floors. Want to make your kitchen rock? Install a rolling island and hang fresh pots and pans!
Beautify The Bathroom
The bathroom is the part of the house most subject to wear and tear. It’s the home’s workhorse so it should be well maintained, clean and functioning well.
• Change those drop sinks into the more modern under-mount sinks.
• Replace the bathroom floors tiles with marble or granite. Granite can be bit expensive so you can start with the bathroom counter.
• Wall-mounted lighting adds value and warmth so you may want to spice your overheads.
• Get rid of side shadows with even lighting around your mirrors.
• Want to attract buyers? Opt for heated floors. They’re like honey to bees.
Even if you don’t plan on selling your house, upgrading your bathroom makes you feel you’re in a Zen garden. Enjoy it!
Landscaping is the first thing the buyer sees. What good is the house’s interior if not surrounded by perfectly planned landscaping? Shaded trees, for example, not only make your house attractive but it can also save as much as 40 percent in cooling costs. Trees and flowers add curb appeal and are also good for the environment.
To DIY or To Hire?
There are some home improvement projects that you can do yourself if you have the time or the right set of skills. There are complete packages that are available at your local hardware store with instructions for minor home improvements. Not only will these help you save on renovation costs, but you also learn a thing or two during the process. But for those projects that require professional services, don’t hesitate to hire one. Check the local directory for home improvement services. They may offer promos and discounts if you get their services during non-peak seasons.