10 Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

Want to see a big return on your home?

Follow these steps.

To avoid potentially catastrophic problems with your home, you should regularly inspect it. Small problems can become big, and the more you put off repairs, the more it will cost you. Making sure that the areas you can't see are in tip top shape is a great way to keep the value of your home up.

Interior: This is where the painting is usually needed the most. Many interiors are painted with a flat paint, making them hard to clean, especially if you've had little ones. Hand prints on the walls and doors of the house and grease in the kitchen are very hard to clean with flat paint. Painting a room is an easy and cost-effective way to bring added value to your home. Fresh paint makes rooms look crisp and updated, which in turn equals more value for your home. Neutral colors are universally good looking. If you keep your colors neutral, you will retain a larger audience and make your house more desirable. Paint and supplies are incredibly cheap compared to other renovations. 

Exterior: On many occasions a house doesn't need to be repainted.  Sometimes, just renting a good pressure washer and giving your house a nice bath will improve the look, giving it more curb appeal.  If it's a wood sided or log house and it hasn't been treated in a while, the pressure washer will also help with the micro splintering of the wood, renewing that smooth feel.  If the paint or treatment of your house has chipped and peeled and exposes the siding or has a beat up look to it, then a nice neutral paint job may be in order.


Sub-par lawn keeping and overgrown landscaping will make you home stand out, and not in the good way. Luckily, this is an easy fix and the outcome will make your house stand out in the way you want it to. You can either put the work in yourself, or hire a company to take care of it for you for a few hundred dollars.

French or sliding glass doors are a great way to bring the beauty of nature into your own home. Natural light brings a plethora of life to any room. Having a large view of nature will also make the room feel much bigger. There are also a wide variety of energy efficient sliding doors your can purchase, keeping your cooling and heating costs at a minimum. This will also appeal to new buyers should you decide to sell your home.

These little things will most definitely add up. Replacing outdated fixtures, such as lights and ceiling fans, will make a subtle, but noticeable difference in your home. Purchasing energy efficient fixtures will also bring down the cost of your energy bill. This will save you money in the short term, and make you money in the long term.

Ditch the old and out-dated appliances for some sleek and energy efficient new ones. An appliance with an Energy Star label has been certified by the government to use 10-50 percent less energy and water than conventional appliances. A brand spanking new set of stainless steel appliances will put your home way ahead of the competition.

Lighting makes a significant difference in the feel of a room. Adding light is a bright way to increase the overall value of your home. Light has a way of making a room feel much larger, as well as clean. Adding studio lights to areas are also a great way to draw attention to the best areas of your home.

Want to make a difference, but only have a few thousand dollars to spend? Focus on the kitchen and the bathrooms first. These spaces are the two most important areas of a home. These rooms can make or break a house. Either room is a good choice, and luckily,  you don't have to do a total overhaul to see a return. Even modest updates can bring you an 80 to 85 percent return.

Probably one of the most sought after amenities of a home is ample storage space. Adding new space and custom shelving will cost you a pretty penny (around $5,000) but you will definitely see the return. You can also do this without breaking the bank. Hiring a professional organizer and organizing your space can make a huge different in the ambience of your home.

Dirty and worn out carpet and flooring can be a huge turn off for potential buyers. Replace it with the hottest trend in flooring: renewable, environmentally friendly bamboo. Wooden floors are very easy to clean and last a lot longer than carpet. Choosing flooring choices like bamboo also minimally impact the environment, and are also a big turn on to those environmentally conscious buyers.?

Before you commit to any of these, you should first check with your Realtor® or Real Estate Professional.  They may have the opinion that some things are not necessary.  If time or finances are an issue then they may want to talk to you about perhaps offering a buyer a credit to fix or update some of the features.

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