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6 Upgrades to Increase the Value of Your House

6 Upgrades to Increase the Value of Your House

Read this article and learn about 5 easy ways you can increase the value of your property by $000s…

 Do you think it’s going to take a lot of money and effort to raise the value of your home?

Well, you’re actually mistaken about that.

Surprisingly, just paying a bit of attention to the interiors and exteriors of your house has a HUGE impact…

‘Optics’ is what we’re talking about here… Hard-on-the-eye optics are the MAJOR factor that reduces the value of your home.

In simple words: scars of negligence.

While the opposite – pleasant and well-cared-for homes – are a treat for the eye and their value rises like anything.

That is just human nature: people like looking at nice homes, and when they like looking at them, they will want to live in them.

It makes sense, doesn’t it?

Now, let’s take a look at FIVE easy upgrades that you can make to your home to make its value go up, up, up!

 

1) Touch Up the Walls

The walls are what make up the largest portion of your house, after all.

So, the impression your walls give and the stories they tell will make all the difference to your home buyers.

Fading paint and a series of scratches are the two major telltale signs of neglect…

They are not ‘optics’ so much as scars on your property – the kind that will prevent it from being sold for top dollar.

So, buckle down and upgrade the walls!

A bit of elbow grease and a few canisters of paint (neutral colors are best) should do the work well enough.

On the flip side, if you’re on a tight budget, rent a pressure sprayer and give the exterior a quick makeover… Make it look welcoming from the outside.

Even if you don’t proceed to sell, this will be HUGE for your own peace of mind (and it’s good practice, too). 

 

2) Get the Crucial Repairs Done

One thing that prospective homebuyers will look out for is the repairs required in your house, so ask yourself…

Is your home shouting, ‘I need repairs’?

People are not going to buy your house if they think they’ll have a lot of work ahead of them. 

Which makes it safe to assume that the more repairs your house needs the lower its value is likely to be, right?

So if repairs are needed, make them before putting the house on the market, and watch its value rise!

Now, according to research, here are the most common ‘must-do’ repairs for homes. Are any of these relevant to you?

  • Replace old roofs (this might even double your home’s value)
  • Upgrade the heating system
  • Fix outdated wiring (to prevent fire hazards)
  • Change poor plumbing systems (and check for mold and rot)

 

3) Upgrade Your Window Appeal

People are really controlled by their senses, so it’s important that you make your house the best sensory experience possible.

Now, windows play an important role here (And no, not Microsoft Windows…)

Old, dreary windows and dusty curtains will contribute to the overall feeling of gloominess and depression.

So, why not replace those old features with new ones?

You don’t actually have to replace the windows themselves (it would boost the value a LOT, but it’s a huge financial commitment…)

But, if your windows have cheap plastic blinds, aluminum ones, or outdated curtains, just get rid of them, they take away so much of the charm of your house!

Instead, consider putting up wood or plantation shutters, or clean modern drapes in a solid, neutral color.

Also, make sure the windows allow enough sunlight in your rooms because houses deprived of sunlight give many visitors a gloomy, dreary mood.

 

4) Boost Your Bathrooms and Kitchen

According to the cost vs. value report, remodeling your bathrooms will recoup about 87% to 94% of your investment on the resale alone.

So, let this be a sign to give your bathrooms and kitchen a fresher look.

This is a BROAD category, so I’m sure you are thinking, what low-cost improvements will add the most value?

  1. First of all, re-grouting the bathtub
  2. Repainting the walls and cabinets
  3. Replacing the old, outdated mirrors and light fixtures with newer, more fashionable ones

For just $30 to $100, you can get a modern sink faucet or install a spa-style luxury shower head.

As for the kitchen, a report from Remodeling Magazine says you can expect to gain back about 62 to 81 percent on your kitchen investment.

And there’s no need to go crazy on the renovation to increase your home’s value…

Similar little improvements like repainting the cabinets, replacing old fixtures with their modern versions, and installing energy-efficient options can easily boost the appearance of your kitchen – and its perceived value!

 

5) Get Decked Out

Now, decks are an amazing source of value to your home because decking is not just about looking pretty.

It’s a pricier upgrade, but according to the Cost vs. Value report, a wooden deck will recoup an average of 106.7 percent of its value at resale, while a composite deck will recoup an average of 122 percent.

This high return on investment makes adding a deck seem worthwhile, BUT…

Keep in mind that these elements need maintenance or they will lose their appeal.

 

6) Give Your House a Homey Look

This should be a no-brainer!

Anyone coming to see your house on a showing will only feel good about it when your house has the ‘homey’ feeling to it.

If your house is messy, the yard unkempt, and the basement looking like a ghost house, most buyers won’t think twice before walking away!

So, if you want to sell your house at a higher valuation make sure it looks the part…

Of a sweet, cozy home that the buyer will WANT to spend their life in!

Home Sweet Home…

In the end, it’s still your home anyway, and it’s up to you what type of home upgrades you want to go for…

Especially if you are planning to continue living in it for the near future.

But, if you intend to sell your house down the road make sure the remodeling pays off on the sale, and list it on aqrehome.com to make sure you find the best buyer!

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