Are you looking for easy ways to increase your home’s value without putting you in the poorhouse? Whether you want to put your house on the market or just want to modernize it, these simple strategies can get you there.
1. Clean the Outside
The outside of your home is the first thing that people see. When you have a dirty exterior or debris laying around, you’re keeping the property values down. Keep your lawn neat and remove twigs, trash, or other materials from the outside. Weed any garden beds and put in fresh plants or shrubs for a no-fuss solution. Also, if your house’s exterior is dirty or moldy, have it power washed. This is a simple and inexpensive way to spruce up the siding. It’ll look great for only a small price.
2. Spruce Up the Kitchen
The kitchen is often seen as the heart of the home and with good reason. Kitchens are often dated, especially if it’s been a while since the kitchen has been renovated. Of course, you could completely redo the kitchen, but there are much less expensive ways to give it a facelift. With a few gallons of paint and drawer pulls, you’ll update the kitchen without breaking the bank. A warm gray paint with modern black or silver hardware is a small change but can add significant value.
3. Expose the Wood
It used to be popular to put wall-to-wall carpeting in homes. However, under the carpeting was a hardwood floor. With the resurgence in popularity of hardwood floors, check to see what you have under your carpets. Pulling up the staples takes patience, but it’s an easy weekend activity. You may have finished floors under the carpeting. Even if you have to do the refinishing those, the supplies are relatively inexpensive.
4. Remove Popcorn Ceilings
Just like carpeting used to be popular, popcorn ceilings were popular in the 50s-80s. This was a way to hide imperfections, but now it screams outdated. A home that looks modern will have a higher value. Of course, you shouldn’t do any updates to the ceiling if it has asbestos. However, if it doesn’t, you can easily remove it yourself for only a few hundred dollars worth of materials and work.
5. Rethink Your Lighting
If your lighting is older, then your house looks old as well. Recessed lights in the dining and living room areas date the house. You may want to consider adding inexpensive but nice-looking ceiling fixtures to your home. If you have a combined fan and light in place, you can add replacement fan blades to update the look for a small cost. Whatever changes you make, look at lighting upgrades that will increase the light in the dark areas of your home.
These five updates give you a few ideas on how to update your home and add value easily. Most of these projects can be done over a weekend or in your spare time. You don’t even need to be a DIY expert so consider these simple improvements.