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New: Improve the Value of your home!

Posted on Nov 16, 2015


Whether you’re trying to sell your home now, or simply want to prepare for the possibility of selling in the future, improving the value of your home is essential. Of course, most people know that already. What most people don’t know is how to improve the value of a home. While there are many ways to approach this dilemma, you’ll find a couple of the most important ideas below:

Create Curb Appeal

One of the best ways to improve the value of your home is to tidy up the front lawn, the garden, and any other features that can be seen from the sidewalk. Curb appeal is the first thing someone sees when entering your home, so take the time to invest in the landscaping. Trim your lawn or, if you’re rather not tackle it yourself, hire a contractor to spruce up the grass instead. In addition to planting colorful flowers, plant some native foliage in the garden. Native plants will promote a healthy environment and will also require less water and maintenance, saving you time and money. If you’re not trying to sell your home right away, invest in the future by planting a tree or two in your yard. Finally, give your front door a fresh coat of paint. The front door is the focal point of your entryway, and a fresh paint job will immediately command attention.

Build a Better Bathroom (and Kitchen)

If you’re planning to remodel portions of your home, start with the most commonly used spaces: the kitchen and the bathroom. When remodeling the bathroom, try replacing the tiles, updating lighting fixtures, and improving your ventilation system. Fixing lighting and tiling will improve the presentation of your bathroom as a whole, while a good ventilation system will keep it looking spick and span by preventing the growth of loathsome molds. In the kitchen, replacing old, battered appliances with shiny, stainless steel models is one of the quickest ways to immediately improve the aesthetic. If you’re interested in a complete overhaul of your kitchen, then hire a contractor and draft up plans. Remember that plenty of counter space, storage, and maybe even a kitchen island are essential additions to a renovated kitchen.

For both the bathroom and the kitchen, a fresh paint job is key. A new coat of paint immediately makes a room appear clean, new, or well-maintained. Additionally, try making smaller changes, such as changing almond or biscuit outlet covers to white, or switching out brass light fixtures and hardware for brushed nickel or oil-rubbed bronze.

Embrace Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is a benefit not only to the environment, but also to your wallet. By investing in an energy efficient home, you can save significant chunks of change by cutting down on utility bills. Additionally, you’ll make more of a profit later on when you sell, as an energy efficient home is highly desireable on today’s market. Even better, improving your home’s energy efficiency is not as hard (or as expensive) as you might initially think. You could fork over thousands installing solar panels on your roof, but you could also start small. Updating window treatments, for instance, is one of the easiest and most effective ways to save energy. Adding blinds, curtains, shades, or drapes will decrease the flow of energy leaving or entering your home, keeping you cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. This easy fix is a simple and cheap DIY project that could pay dividends in the years to come.

Renovate Rugs and Floorings

If your carpet or flooring is stained or damaged, you’ll want to repair or completely replace it. Imagine yourself from a buyer’s point of view: if you view a home with tattered carpets peppered with coffee stains, would you want to buy it? Of course not! You’d merely be facing the irksome hassle of completely overhauling your flooring the minute you move in. If your budget is tight, try renovating the carpet and flooring in the rooms that most need it, and then you can move on to the rest of your home as your budget allows.

 

All in all, the best way to improve your home’s value is to commit to protecting and preserving your house’s assets. If you have that mindset, only good things will follow. For help or advice on improving the value of your home, contact Pickett Street at (425) 502-5397 or info@pickettstreet.com today.

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