Homeowners sometimes convince themselves they don’t have room in their budget for the necessary improvements to increase their resale value. The truth is that there are always things you can do to bump up your asking price, and many of them you can take on yourself.
House hunters give kitchens high priority, so you should give yours a hard look long before listing your home for sale. While kitchens are very important, making upgrades does not need to be very timely or very costly. You can generate a lot of value with scaled-down kitchen upgrades that won’t cost an arm and a leg. If your kitchen is in mostly good shape, start with these low-effort, high-impact fixes.
Let the light in
Good lighting can make your home look bigger and more appealing. It’s one of the best low-cost ways to add value to your home, and there are a lot of ways to accomplish it. Walk through every room in your home at different times of the day, and take into account the amount of light in each space. Think about how they look with the lights switched on, and with the curtains opened. Then, take a look at these ideas for brightening those areas that could use a lift.
Paint is another low-cost, DIY way to add value. However, you need to go about it in the right way. Remember not to get too stylish with bright colors. Instead, go with neutrals so prospective buyers can more easily imagine the space as their own. Make sure the end result looks attractive and professional with good choices throughout the process.
Have you looked at your home’s exterior through the eyes of a house hunter? Curb appeal is one of the most important aspects of staging a home, yet many homeowners forget to address it. You want your home to stand out from the competition, be welcoming, look well kept, stand out on your street, and yet fit in with your neighborhood. Keep these features in mind when sprucing up the outside of your home.
Increasing the resale value of your home can feel daunting. However, you can accomplish a lot with some fairly simple and inexpensive DIY improvements. With the right strategy, a clean and well-lit home can achieve as much as a single expensive renovation.