How to Increase Your Home’s Value

If you’re considering selling your home, you no doubt want to get the most money possible from the sale. Sure, you could just increase the asking price, but the best way to get the most from the sale of your home is to make some key changes that will increase the overall value of the house. These changes can help you make a dynamite first impression on potential buyers, and greatly increase the value of your home.

Add a Fresh Coat of Paint

Nothing can make a home look refreshed like a fresh coat of paint or new siding. It makes a great first impression, and lets buyers know that the home has been cared for and well-maintained. Try to stick to neutral colors that will have the broadest appeal to buyers, and compliments the surrounding homes.

Create Space

Available space is a hot commodity for buyers, and open floor plans are at the top of many “must-have” lists. Knocking out a non-structural wall or removing a built-in kitchen island can completely transform the feel of a house. Spending a few hundred dollars on creating additional space could add considerable value to your home.

Install Lighting

Everyone loves a well-lit home. Installing additional lighting can really boost your home’s appeal. And while you’re at it, consider adding a few dimmer switches for buyers who appreciate mood lighting, and motion detectors to exterior lighting for added peace-of-mind.

Go Green

If you really want to bump up your home’s value, nothing works better than going green. With demand for energy efficient and nature-friendly features on a constant rise, going green can be a major selling point. Replace your old heating and air system with a newer, more efficient model. Put in a new, energy efficient washer and dryer. You can even go all-in by installing solar panels. All of these ideals will appeal to buyers looking for a home with a reduced carbon footprint.

Wood is Good

One of the most in-demand trends for homebuyers is hardwood floors. They’re easier to clean and maintain, and have an appeal that never goes out of style. Consider replacing carpets in your home with hardwood floors. If a buyer wants carpeting, it’s easier and cheaper for them to have them put in once they buy the home than it is for a buyer to install hardwood floors themselves.

These tips will no doubt boost your home’s value, and make it appealing to a wider-range of buyers.

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