StarFloors and Coldwell Banker have come up with a few simple steps to increase your home value. Your home is most likely your largest financial investment-so whether you in your home for the long haul or if you are getting ready to put it on the market in the near future. But, like any large investment you should take steps to maintain and increase its value. Follow these steps for increasing your home’s value in today’s market.
Spend an hour with a professional: Invite your realtor or an interior designer to evaluate your home and give their professional suggestions as to how you can improve the look and feel of your home.
Inspect your home: Hire an inspector to check all the nooks and crannies of your home. This way, you can fix small problems before they become larger and more expensive.
Paint, paint, paint: it doesn’t cost much and is an effective way to improve your home’s appeal both inside and out. Be sure to use neutral colors!
Landscape: Outside of your home is the first thing people see. You can either hire a landscaper or if you want it to save money, you can do it yourself.
Be clean: Make sure your house is clean, either do it yourself or hire a professional.
Make small spaces feel larger: Do this by removing unnecessary furniture pieces, you can open blinds to let the light pour in and hanging mirrors can double the space of a room.
Update your bathrooms:Small updates to your bathroom can make a big difference. Try tearing down wallpaper; replace an old toilet with a newer, water-saving one. If your budget allows, update your old floors with new tile, granite or hardwood.
Update your kitchen: Updating a kitchen can become quite costly, it’s important to evaluate what needs to be done. Replacing old appliances with new, stainless, energy-efficient models will go a long way in helping the aesthetic appeal of your home. Updating countertops and freshening up the paint of cabinets are other ways to improve your kitchens appearance.
Go tankless: Upgrade your standard water heater to a tankless model. The tankless water heaters only heat the water when needed as oppose to the older models that keep gallons of water hot at all times-this helps save a lot of money.
Give some appeal to your home’s entrance: Replace your front door if it is old, outdated or worn with a newer, more energy efficient model. Try painting your front door a new neutral color-it can do wonders. Also-adding a potted plant to the front door will help make the entrance look inviting.
Save on air conditioning costs: Think about installing a whole house fan, these fans are very energy efficient and are considered to be a “green” home improvement-it only uses one-tenth the electricity of air conditioners.
Brighten up your space: A well-lit room not only makes your space more cheerful and welcoming, but also makes it feel larger and cleaner. You may want to do this with a lamp or table.
Bring the outdoors in: Think about turning your two standard windows into an opening for French or sliding doors. Glass floors can brighten up the space and make it more attractive. Adding new doors that are energy efficient will contribute to lower heating and cooling costs.
Add storage: Consider installing a cabinet system in your homes closet and garage area. This will help give it a more organized feel.
Do you have any additional questions about selling your home? A StarFloors representative would be happy to help you at any time. Visit www.starfloors.com for more information.