The housing market is constantly fluctuating. You can’t always plan on selling your home when housing prices peak. However, there are many things you can do to improve the value of your house. Here are seven things you can get started on to increase your property value.
1. Ask a Professional
Have a real estate professional or interior designer walk through your home. These experts can tell you what changes you need to make to get the biggest boost to your property value. Don’t guess what will make you money. Ask a professional who knows.
2. Get an Inspection
Before you sell your home, a potential buyer will want an inspection done. The last thing you want is to be surprised. Get your own inspection done today. Make sure you are ware of any hidden issues your home may have. Discovering and fixing any issues now will save you a lot of grief and will improve the value of your home.
3. Energy Efficiency
Make sure your home is as energy efficient as possible. This can mean everything from your appliances to your insulation to your furnace and air conditioner. You may be able to get a free energy audit from a local utility. Making sure your house is efficient not only improves your property value, but it also saves you money before you sell. In many instances you may qualify for tax credits for some energy efficient upgrades.
Painting is one of the highest returns on investment activities you can do to boost the value of your home. A fresh coat of paint on interior walls gives rooms a cleaner look. Make sure to use neutral colors to avoid turning off potential buyers. Outside paint will improve your curb appeal and make your house pop when potential buyers drive by.
5. Update to Low Maintenance Landscaping
The importance of curb appeal cannot be overstated. One way to improve the outside appearance of your home is to upgrade your landscaping. Trim back hedges and bushes. Install native, drought resistant plants. Installing beautiful, but easy to care for, landscaping will make your home more inviting.
6.Update the Kitchen
A home remodel is a common way people try and improve the value of their house. But, not all remodels give you the same bang for your buck. However, updating your kitchen has been shown to give homeowners the highest return on investment of any home remodel project. Upgrading your kitchen will wow prospective buyers and encourage them to pay you a premium for your home.
7.Get a New Front Door
One more thing you can do to boost your home’s curb appeal, without breaking the bank, is to install a new front door. It is easy to take your front door for granted. But, a nice new door draws buyers in. It also gives the impression of that the whole house has been updated.
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