This is a guest post contributed by Real Estate Advertising Network WorldWide, experts in home improvements and sales. Here’s what they have to say about the best ways to increase your home’s value before you list.
Home Improvement #1: Add an extra bathroom
Adding a bathroom is one of the top-rated home improvements you can choose to add a dash of value to your property. It adds more to the comfort meter but also attracts more eyes to your listing.
Unsure how you can make it happen?
Questioning whether there is enough space to fit an extra bathroom?
Believe it or not, there are always a few square feet you could utilize. It could be either an old closet or a more ambitious improvement like stealing space from two new rooms. If you can’t see the potential yourself, you could always ask a professional to assist you.
Home Improvement #2: Can’t add a new bathroom? Renovate what you have.
Is your bathroom dating all the way back to the 20th century? Well, we’re in the 21st for quite a while and if you haven’t done any renovations lately, adding a dash of modern looks and functionality will always tip the scale regarding value and price.
“If you don’t want to or you don’t have the budget nor time to gut the entire bathroom but, you can retile, repaint, install a few extra lighting fixtures or improve the ventilation. Having a recent renovation to your bathroom will be a huge plus regarding increasing the value of your property.” says the property expert Tom Davies “A few other great ideas are replacing countertops or installing a bit of extra shelving and hangers too.”.
Home Improvement #3: Let’s talk about tiles.
Worn out tiles will have a somewhat negative impact even though if your bathroom is still in great shape. That’s why going the extra mile to prepare your walls for tiling and retile will make the difference.
Adding unique garage flooring can also make a huge impact on property value, especially for the handyman looking to use that space as a shop. Garage floor tiles can be installed in a day and can give your area a completely updated feel.
Home Improvement #4: Green thinking is fab.
Energy efficiency and low carbon buildings are not only nature-friendly but also business-friendly. You can install energy-efficient light bulbs, a motion sensor to reduce energy consumption, low-energy appliance, heating, smart AC’s and the list goes on. Other areas where you could introduce a greener way of living are your bathroom and kitchen. Reduce water usage by installing a smart toilet, shower head and sink faucets — plus, these are some of the easiest and cheapest home improvements you can make.
Another critical aspect of energy efficiency is heat and hydro insulation. Insulated properties will sell at a higher price and if properly managed, and that means return on investment.
Home Improvement #5: Get rid of old-looking floors: Sand or re-install.
Freshly-sanded hardwood or new tile floors will or add a considerable amount of value while tiles and laminate require less maintenance and are easier to clean. They tend to attract and hold on to less dirt, which is excellent leverage when trying to attract allergy sufferers. These are the type of buyers who are more likely to spend the extra bit you’re after.
Home Improvement #6: Equip an outdoor kitchen corner
Functionality and comfort are what luxury home buyers are always after. Being able to prepare a meal outside is an absolute win when it comes to adding more charms to your property. A great project suggested by James who is a professional bricklayer from Edinburgh is to fo a small masonry job and make room for a small refrigerator, sink, or pick the best BBQ for your particular case.
When it comes to real estate, being able to offer an already-built kitchen corner, without appliances installed, will still tip the scale. Offer culinary arts in the fresh air, and any prospective buyer will appreciate your space.
On top of having a kitchen corner, think about organizing a dining area nearby. You can make it en plain-air or, even better, inside a gazebo if the size of your backyard permits. A 10×10 soft top gazebo would do a good job here. It can make your outdoor space more welcoming and show the potential buyers its true capacity.
Soft top gazebos are easier to disassemble, so when it comes to selling, you do not have to leave the gazebo to the new owner unless you decide to use it as a bargaining chip in negotiations.
Home Improvement #7: Repaint the front door
This is one of the best home improvements that add value and won’t break the budget. The entrance of the property takes a crucial role in building impressions. The least you can do is add a fresh coat of paint, change the handle or maybe a dash of extra decoration such as metal fittings, engravings, or any of the countless other creative ideas, you’ll find on the web.
Home Improvement #8: How about a conversion?
Basements, lofts, and garages. Property conversions are a chore and fund consuming home improvement that is worth it. If you don’t have the strength to pull of a thorough renovation, bringing in the extra dash of functionality, such as hangers all over the garage walls, or a bit of plaster here and there can still do the trick.
Another great idea is to spruce up your terrace. Consider basic furnishings such as seating, a coffee table, and shelving.
Home Improvement #9: Take care of the overall curb appeal
If you’re after a sale, a photo of your property will be the first thing that a potential buyer will see. That’s why the curb appeal is crucial. Do you have a driveway? Make sure it’s well maintained and clean. Do you have trees in the garden? Take the time to prune. Refresh your mailbox, or even repaint the exterior.
Home Improvement #10: Install or repair underground sprinklers
Underground sprinklers set up on a timer can make a homeowner’s life so much easier. Sometimes, automatic sprinklers can be the tiebreaker when a buyer needs to choose between two different homes. After all, nobody worried about the stress of moving and undertaking a new mortgage wants to move hoses around or, even worse, tear up their yard to install an irrigation system. If you’re planning on selling, call your local sprinkler repair service and let them worry about it this instant property value booster.
Boosting the value of your property can work in your favor in many ways, and the opportunities are out there for you to reach out and grab. Ranging from low-end budget home improvements, all the way to stable jobs with a substantial return on investment.