Your house is more than just where you and your family live. It’s also an investment, and a pretty big one at that! For this reason, you want to do more than just maintain your home. You should also be interested in how to add value to a house. It’s not as difficult (or costly!) as it may seem. With just a bit of effort, your Holding Village home can be even more valuable than it was when you purchased it.
Whether you’re planning on selling and looking for a new home in Wake Forest soon or you simply want to keep up so you can sell quickly when you decide to, it’s a good idea to increase the value of your house now. You can improve the value of your home in the following ways:
You can’t go wrong with a fresh coat of paint. That is why it is one of the simplest, most cost-effective improvements possible. A freshly-painted room looks clean and updated, even if that’s the only update you’ve done. One of the best parts of this idea is that painting is super easy, so you don’t need to hire a professional. A DIY paint job is low in cost for materials, but it can have a big impact on the visual appeal of a room.
When selecting your paint colors, remember that neutrals appeal to the greatest number of people and make your home more desirable. Desirable means valuable!
Plant a tree! Give your flower beds a fresh start. Add bushes around your mailbox. There’s many ways you can put a little effort into your front yard that go a long way. Surveying 3,400 people on which plants and flowers they thought boosted a home’s appeal the most, researchers found hydrangeas rank first, with 78% choosing them as most desirable. These gorgeous flowers bring a sense of beauty and character to the front yard.
Remember, your home’s exterior is the first impression someone has of the house itself. In the real estate industry, this is called “curb appeal.” That’s why it is a good idea to pay special attention to how the yard looks.
You want your house to appear as large as possible. You can do this without major reconstruction by making the rooms feel larger, which can be done with light. Replace heavy, dark drapes with vertical blinds or shutters to let light in. A sunny room feels larger, plus more open and inviting. If there’s a particularly small room you’re struggling with, like a bathroom or laundry room, try adding a well-placed large mirror to visually double the space.
Speaking of bathrooms, if you’re going to redo a room- this is where you want to start. Experts tell us that you can update a bathroom for less than $750. Even if you don’t want to pay for a full remodel, small changes such as replacing old lighting and water fixtures will update the room without taking too much from your budget.
Nothing turns potential house buyers off more than the thought that they will immediately need to replace all of the flooring in a new home before they move in. If your carpets look old, stained, and dingy, this is going to negatively affect the value of your home. You don’t need to re-do the whole house at once if your budget doesn’t allow this. Begin by replacing the carpet in the room that shows the most wear and tear, or the one you see first when walking into the house. Even better- remove the carpet all together and add tile, vinyl, or faux wood floors. This is a bit more expensive, but will boost the value of your house in a big way.
These ideas are only the beginning. In fact, there are many ways to take the Holding Village home you adore and make it even better. You may just find that you made your Wake Forest house so great you want to stay in it yourself for a very long time to come!