A few days ago JustClose already published Cleaning Tips to help you have your home ready for sale. Surely, that will increase your home value. But here are some more tips for home improvement. Find out how to add your home value before putting it on the market. Ah-ha, yes, these are really some cheap ones, not to make you break the bank. Enjoy reading and feel free to share the article with your friends.
In the US you can easily find a designer who will charge less than 100$/hr. Contact a few interior designers in your area and find the best for you. Well, if you have a realtor, he/she may do the designer’s job without charging extra money. The choice is yours. In one hour they may give you lots of brilliant ideas on how to paint your rooms or arrange furniture to improve the look and atmosphere of your home. So be sure to take this action first.
As any realtor will tell you, every buyer organizes a home inspection before signing the final contract. So, why not take the lead and do that yourself? You should consider that not every home improvement is cosmetic. There can be some hidden problems that need to be fixed. And for sure this will make home selling process more nervous or even end up in losing a potential buyer. Small problems (for example, a hidden water leak) can shortly become big and expensive. So don’t put off repairs to save money and time.
Energy saving solutions
Cutting energy costs is a very important issue nowadays. Many local companies provide free energy audits. Ask them, and they will show how to maximize your home’s energy efficiency. This will save you money now and make your home more valuable and marketable when you decide to sell it.
Add/invent a room
If your home is short of rooms, you should make a change before selling it. Many homes don’t have baby nurseries and crafting rooms, but they are really important for buyers. If you have a den or an attic, you should decorate them to look like rooms mentioned above. Or you can just try to make your home feel larger. It is not only the home’s square footage that matters. The size of your home really affects its value. You need to take care of visual space. These Small living room design ideas might help your home look spacious. You can use these tips for other rooms as well.
If planting a tree is out of your budget, you can just grow potted plants. Group them at the entry to make your home feel close to nature. Colorful plants will add curb appeal to your home. When you shop for plants, choose native ones-they require less water.
Every home buyer wants as much storage as possible. Try to add storage. Make one in the wall or add a freestanding wardrobe to a room that lacks a closet.
First of all repair all broken lighting objects. This may cost you very little money but will increase your home value. Besides, be sure to let in sunlight on the showing day. The lighter the room is, the larger it looks. If needed add more ceiling fixtures. New ceiling features will instantly freshen your home look. If you show the house when it’s unfurnished pay much more attention to this point.
Kitchen and bathroom
These are hot points in each home for sale. Any update and improvement in these rooms will definitely increase your home’s value. These are key updates. If you can’t buy a new sink or a tap, just make it look like new – clean and shining.
When putting your home to the market for sale, you should consider that buyers may feel uncomfortable with your personal objects. So, remove all personal objects before showing. Your home decoration may be very nice and warm to you, but it may seem old to the buyer. Besides, your rooms will look larger and more valuable with freshly painted walls instead of all those pictures and/or decorations on them.
By: Hermine Aslanyan
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Additional Valuable Resources:
Remodeling Ideas to Increase Home Value by Anita Clark
Add Value to Your Home with These Architectural Features by Better Homes and Gardens® Real Estate
BIGGEST LOSERS: HOME IMPROVEMENTS THAT DON’T PAY OFF by HouseHunt
Home Improvement Contracts by Wes A. McKibbon / The Home Buyer’s Korner