The housing market has been on first for two years, and although some may fear they're too late to the game to add value to their home: there are still tons of ways to do it. If you're ready to sell your property and want to make sure you're getting as much as possible for it, these are the top ways to add great value to your home.
Updating the Details
The profit is in the details. Although you may think the most important part of a property is updating its exterior or changing out old doors and appliances, you can gain far more value by helping people see the property as a whole as high quality. One of the best ways to do this is to update details throughout it. This means changing out to perforated soffit panels, replacing door handles with something nicer, and replacing fixtures like lights and faucets. Although these updates are scattered, they give the entire home a better look, cleaner air, and better flow.
Many buyers are looking for healthier and more energy-efficient homes, so keeping this in mind as you update details can lead to a faster and more valuable sale.
Building a Healthier Home
When you’re remodeling, your health needs to be kept in mind. This means using products and putting in improvements that can help you live longer and healthier.
From your roof to your carpet, there are specific products and changes you can use. Look into paints and primers that have the least toxicity possible, and are environmentally sustainable. You should also consider what finishes you use, and whether they leach chemicals or toxins, and what they’re made out of.
Every surface you come in contact with, and every item in your home can affect your quality of life, so make sure you’re making a good impact.
Ensuring Your Siding is Up to Date
The average house siding is only good for up to thirty years. Although you may not own your home for this long: you may be the unfortunate owner who lives there when it needs to be updated. Out-of-date siding can allow insect life, moisture, and noise pollution into the home and can make the entire property look out of date and of poor quality. To take care of this, consider updating your siding to something more attractive. Popular board and batten siding allows a home to look brand new and give your property a fresh and finished look.
Minor Kitchen Remodel
You may assume a major kitchen remodel where the money is, but it's more valuable to do a minor kitchen remodel instead. A minor remodel costs less and offers a larger return on investment. This saves you from having to invest as much time and money and updates your kitchen while still leaving space for the new owners to leave their own fingerprints on the property. The most important thing you can do for your kitchen, which is free, is completely clean it from top to bottom. A deep clean will leave a better impression and give people the chance to picture their future lives on this property while home shopping.
Giving Greenery a Chance
The best free thing you can do for your property is put a couple of weekends of work into your lawn. Curb appeal is a big winner when it comes to property; value to building your curb appeal is a great way to help. To do this, mow and feed your lawn, get rid of any weeds or crabgrass, and consider putting in features like a rain garden. This gives excess water somewhere to run when the weather is rough and ensures that you don't have to worry about flooding or standing water on your property.
Updating Your Garage
How old is your garage door? The home renovation project that brings back the largest return every time is updating your garage door. These only have a twenty-year life, and letting it go overdue for an update could lead to someone getting locked into, or out of, their garage: as well as making it easier to break into or open. Consider also treating the ground so that any stains or cracks are fixed before you list your home.
Giving Your Windows New Life
Windows are the way we allow natural light into our properties, yet many people don't realize they're also one of the biggest contributors to extra moisture in homes or quickly fluctuating temperatures. Take care of this by looking into what storm windows cost in your area, and consider updating them soon. This will make the property more energy-efficient, as well as create a great selling point for any buyers who are worried about the quickly changing weather patterns within the US.
Your Property Can Gain Value
Although many may fear they're running out of options for adding value to their property: it's easy if you give some of these options a chance. Not only do they add value to your home, but they'll also help it sell faster than it would otherwise.
Roger Marx is a contributor to the Innovative Building Materials blog. He is a content writer for the construction and home improvement industries with an interest in landscaping, outdoor remodeling, and home renovation. Roger is focused on educating homeowners, contractors, and architects on innovative materials and methods of construction that increase property value and improve sustainability.