It’s possible to spend thousands of dollars making home improvements on the theory that you’ll recover your investment when your house sells at a premium price. But the best ways to increase your home’s resale value aren’t always the most expensive.
By focusing on the details in three important areas around your house, you can increase the value of your home while limiting the dent taken out of your wallet.
Focus on the exterior
First impressions are lasting impressions! Your yard should be clear of any debris, with trees and shrubs neatly trimmed, and freshly mulched planting beds. Consider adding some extra color with flowering plants that complement the architecture of your home.
Repaint window trim, clean your gutters, and make sure your storm door and front door are attractive and working smoothly. For an especially nice touch, add a row of solar-powered lights along the walkway up to your front door. They’re easy to install ‒ just pound the stakes into the ground ‒ and they provide safety along with a welcoming nighttime glow.
Focus on the kitchen
The appearance and functionality of your kitchen can make or break a home sale. Sand and stain or repaint old kitchen cabinets. To make cabinets and drawers look brand new, replace old fixtures with handsome new hardware. Make sure the drawers slide back and forth smoothly ‒ oil the tracks if necessary.
By all means, paint kitchen walls. If time and your budget permit, replace old kitchen flooring with a new tile or laminate floor covering. This can have a dramatic effect on your kitchen’s overall appeal!
Focus on the bathroom
Like your kitchen, your bathroom will benefit from a fresh coat of paint and some new hardware. Replace old towel hangers and faucets to give your bathroom an updated, contemporary look.
If your tub is looking stained and worn out, refinish it! Inexpensive, easy to use refinishing kits are available at most hardware stores. It’s a simple way to transform the look and feel of your bathroom.
The cost of these improvements is minimal, but they’ll add maximum value to your home.