If your home has fallen into disrepair, it can be very difficult to sell it at the price you want. So whether you’re planning on selling in the next few months, or you don’t have any immediate plans to sell, it’s always a good idea to be thinking about how to boost your home’s value with some home improvement projects. Some projects are more cost-effective than others. Here is a list of five of the best home improvement projects when it comes to adding to your home’s value and helping you sell.
Make an enticing exterior
Your home’s exterior is one place where you’ll really want to focus your home improvements. After all, if there’s no curb appeal, a prospective buyer may not be able to get that bad taste out of their mouth even if the interior of the home looks great. You’ll want the front landscaping to be inviting so plant some fresh flowers and shrubs and surround them with some high-grade mulch.
While you’re at it, give the front door a fresh coat of paint or replace it completely. Repaint the trim and the railings as well. If your house numbers are dull or too small, replace them with shiny, new ones. Clean up any clutter on your porch. With all that done, it’s just a matter of maintaining the look until you sell.
Fresh interior paint
A simple and cost-effective project that will drastically change the way your home looks is a fresh coat of interior paint. Bright, bold colors isn’t the way to go, however. Try to stick with neutral colors as these will appeal to the greatest number of people which is what you want to strive for when you’re planning on selling. If you want to save some money you can probably do this project yourself.
Another cost-effective project that you can do yourself, probably in a single day, is replace the hardware and fixtures throughout your home. Rather than break the bank trying to replace all your cabinetry in the kitchen, swap out all the hardware with some shiny new knobs or pulls. You can also update the look in your bathrooms by replacing the sink fixtures and the hardware for the bathroom cupboards and drawers.
Replace old lighting
Nothing dates a home like old lighting. Bright, energy efficient lighting will make it much easier to sell your home. Bright lighting also opens up a space and makes it appear larger and more inviting. Track lighting in the kitchen is an especially popular project that prospective buyers appreciate.
Replace flooring where needed
No matter how nice the rest of your home is, prospective won’t be able to help but notice what they’re stepping on when they walk through your door. If you have old, dingy, outdated carpet or if your wood or tile floors are damaged in places, you’ll want to have the flooring replaced. It may cost a fair amount, depending on how much you need to replace but it will be worth the investment.