How to Increase the Value of Your Home

Over time, our homes can become so comfortable that we forget to notice when they need a little updating.  Whether you are preparing your home for future years, or are getting ready to sell, consider investing in simple upgrades to increase curb appeal.  Here are some strategies you can follow to do just that.

GIve Your Home a Fresh Look

What a difference a fresh coat of paint can make.  This is an easy, low-cost upgrade that may increase the sales price of your home by as much as 5 percent.  Light, neutral colors offer the most value. Simple upgrades, from replacing old light fixtures to painting your front door, can also make a difference. 

Install Energy Efficient Appliances

Get rid of your old appliances, and replace them with modern, energy-efficient ones. The upgrades will reduce your utility bills and are attractive to potential buyers.  Many local utility companies provide free energy audits that will show you how to improve the energy efficiency of your home.

Fix Up Your Kitchen and Bathrooms

The best way to bump up the value of your home is to remodel the kitchen and bathrooms, which often result in a big return on investment. Small changes such as replacing old wallpaper or lighting fixtures can change the look and save you money.  Add a new tile floor to the bathroom and put shiny, new appliances, such as a microwave in the kitchen, to give these rooms a fresh look.

Finish off the Basement

Turn the basement into a liveable space to increase the profit you will get from a future sale.

Even if you don’t go all out, simple steps like putting up drywall and adding carpet to a room will make a difference.  Put finishing touches on other spaces as well for a complete look. 

DeClutter and Clean the Rooms

Get rid of clutter to open up the space in your home.. A clutter-free environment appears larger and cleaner.  Throw out the junk and give away what is not being used. Replace heavy curtains with vertical blinds or shutters to let the sunlight in.  Add a large mirror to a room to make the space look larger.   Hire a cleaning service to do a deep-cleaning to make your home shine even brighter.  Consider hiring a professional organizer as well to help get your house in order.

Replace Old Carpets or Rugs

Get rid of carpets and area rugs that are stained or worn.  No buyer wants to purchase a home that looks dirty.  If money is tight, replace the carpet in the room that shows the most wear and tear, first.

Don’t Forget the Yard

A messy yard will turn potential buyers off. Trim overgrown bushes and cut the grass.  Invest in weed control.  Weekly mowing, fertilizing and lawn watering are three ways to get rid of weeds yourself. You may need to call in a pro to kill off broadleaf weeds and crabgrass.  Reseed areas of your lawn where the grass is thin. Plant shrubs and flowers to help boost your curb appeal

Clean Your Home Exterior

If you are ready to deep clean the exterior of your home, deck or fence, the professionals at Peak Power Wash can help.  We use a technique called “soft wash”, which uses a much lower amount of pressure and reduces potential harm to surfaces.  Contact us at 443-686-WASH or visit our website to request a free estimate.

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