8 Improvement Projects That Will Boost Your Home’s Value
Whether you’re ready to put your home on the market or just want to renovate for your own comfort and style, it’s easy to increase your home’s value with these projects.
Master Bath Makeover
An updated bathroom can be the selling point for some houses. Refreshing an old bath with modern materials such as a floating vanity, large-scale flooring and wall tiles, and recessed lighting are worthy investments. Hotel-inspired accessories such as a wall-mounted towel warmer offers an element of luxury while new fixtures such as low-flow toilets will save you (or the new owner) money.
New Kitchen Appliances
When you upgrade, consider a suite of appliances from the same manufacturer. Buy a fridge, dishwasher, range, microwave, and range hood all in the same finish—stainless steel remains the most coveted by home buyers—to avoid a hodge-podge look.
Create an Outdoor Living Space
An alfresco living space adds usable square footage to your home. Add outdoor furnishings such as a sectional sofa or a dining table and chairs. Don’t forget the accessories (all engineered for being outdoors) such as rugs, pillows, and lighting.
Staying on top of needed repairs, such as replacing your roof when needed, will attract buyers and help your home sell faster in a market flushed with fixer-uppers. Consider various roofing materials and an array of color options for an exterior style upgrade.
Curb Appeal Counts
You never get a second chance to make a first impression. Make sure your home is putting its best foot forward by revitalizing your front lawn and landscaping. Remove and replace any dead plants, keep the lawn trimmed, and add color with blooming container plants.
Hardwood floors are a long-time design trend that’s currently seeing a big resurgence. Uncovering hardwoods hiding under carpet or refinishing old flooring to remove the nicks and scratches from family life is a surefire way to give your home a fresh look and feel.
Install New Lighting
Beautiful lighting is an affordable update and easy to install yourself. Also, consider changing traditional switches to dimmers or smart switches you can control with your smart phone.
One quick and easy way to update: Install new faucets. Choose fixtures in a popular finish, such as brushed nickel, that feel heavy or substantial (rather than flimsy) when you use them.