Even if you’re not thinking of selling anytime soon, taking regular steps to increase your home’s value could be an important investment that will serve you well in the future. These are a few quick weekend projects that will give your home’s value a boost without setting your back balance back too far. Some of these also make for good family projects, so get the kids involved and turn your lazy Sunday into a productive investment.
Spruce Up The Paint
Putting a new lick of paint on your walls, front door and certain pieces of furniture can go a long way to making your home look fresher and newer without parting with too much cash. Pick the rooms in your house that are beginning to look a little shabby, get a decent selection of paint get going.
If your paint job is primarily aimed at increasing your home’s value then don’t approach it with too much imagination and creativity. While you and your wife may love the look of a bright orange bathroom and bold red walls in the bedroom, homebuyers tend to prefer neutral colors. Keep things light and airy and avoid dark colors, which will make the space look smaller.
Create a New Room
Transform a room that isn’t used for much, or that serves primarily as a storage space, and make it into an extra bedroom, den or office space. Many people are looking for a house with extra rooms that can serve whatever needs they have, so make use of the space you have on offer and don’t waste it. Move clutter into your garage or build an outdoor shed to store extra stuff, and make that room that usually gets ignored into a buyer-friendly dream room
Re-Vamp Your Yard
Many of us neglect our yard, but your garden can be a major selling point when the time comes to make money off of your property. Start planning some simple landscaping projects for your yard and consider how you can make the space as attractive and desirable as possible.
Consider adding a patio or decking area if you have enough space, and add water features and flowers to really bring the yard to life. If you really hate gardening then recruit your wife and get the family involved in the upgrade, but you may be surprised by how relaxing and fulfilling garden projects can be.
Give Your Cabinets a New Lease On Life
The kitchen is probably the most important room in the house when it comes to selling, so you want the fittings and hardware to be seriously well presented if you’re looking to attract buyers. If things are looking a little worse for wear, don’t panic and spend a fortune having a whole new kitchen fitted- this could easily end up costing you more than it’s worth.
Instead of upgrading your whole kitchen, try improving its appearance by updating the cabinet doors. Repaint them in neutral colors and replace aging pulls or glass panels with new hardware.
This could easily be the least fun element of your home improvement project, but it is an important one. Having a messy, cluttered house can drop the value far more than you might think. Homebuyers like to be able to envision themselves living in the space, and they won’t be able to imagine themselves there if they’re too distracted by your stacks of newspapers and your kids toys. Rally the troops to organize a major de-clutter weekend and watch your home’s value skyrocket.