Upgrading and renovating your property will not only improve the look of your home, but it can also boost your house’s value, depending on the type of improvement. However most of the people expect that when it comes time to sell they’ll receive all of their investment, but that’s not the case. Probably, you won’t be able to make all the money you spent.
Before rolling up your sleeves, think about how long you’re going to stay on the property. Which upgrades you’re going to enjoy the most? Don’t do anything if you don’t like it. After all, home is a place where we should feel comfortable and happy.
There are plenty of easy ways to upgrade your home that may result in increasing the property value. Read on our top picks of home improvements that you can easily tackle.
The kitchen is the heart of your home
Kitchen is the area you’ll definitely need to upgrade to increase the value of your home. The kitchen is the heart of any home and it’s the first thing that people look before deciding if they want to buy a certain house. However, kitchen renovations can be one of the most expensive ones. Especially if you’re planning to replace the countertops with quartz or marble, or if you want to change all of the appliances.
If you don’t want to break the bank and still renovate your kitchen you can do smaller changes. Painting the handles of drawers and cabinets in bronze or metallic paint will instantly refresh the look of the kitchen. You can repaint the cabinets in a different color. You can even refresh the look of the splashback using tile stickers. Tile stickers can be found in a variety of colors, sizes, textures and patterns. No matter the color palette of the room, you’ll definitely find something suitable for your needs.
When it comes to kitchen designs, following trends will not always have a positive impact on your property. Most of the people prefer to buy houses with more traditional and classic kitchens. So using bold colors and patterns may not always be the best idea.
The bathroom should matter
The look of the bathroom has an almost as big impact on home buyers as the kitchen. Bathrooms are highly used areas and people take into consideration comfort as well as their look.
Refresh the look of the bathroom’s hardware with spray paint. Paint them in black, gold or silver following the whole style of the room. Faucets, shower fixtures, cabinet handles – make sure you’re not missing anything. This can refresh the whole look of the bathroom. If countertops and cabinets need refreshing you can replace or repaint them. You can install a bigger mirror to make the room look bigger and brighter.
Adding a bathtub is the best improvement you can make. A lot of the home buyers have this in their checklist when looking for a new house. Replacing the shower tiles will also refresh your bathroom.
Make your home smarter
The smart devices are slowly entering all aspects of our lives. Nowadays, you can control your home with a single swipe of your finger. Smart homes are with a huge property value right now. They come with a lot of benefits. They are energy efficient, secure and convenient. They are a huge investment in the beginning but you’ll actually save money in time.
You’ll need a digital assistant to connect all smart devices in your house. You can use Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri. There are all kinds of smart gadgets you can purchase. From lighting fixtures that you can control directly from your phone or set a timer. To smart thermostats that can maintain a certain temperature, while saving from your electricity bills and security systems that can send videos to your phones if they detect any movement in your house while you’re away.
Improve the curb appeal of your house
Think about the outdoors of your home as the cover of a book. If you’re interested in selling your house you need to pay attention to the curb appeal to boost its value.
One of the least expensive curb-appeal projects is to give attention to the windows and the front door. Improve the look of the entryway by repainting the front door, you can spray paint the door’s hardware. Stylize the house number and replace the doormat. You can add a fancy door knocker and hang plants close to the entryway.
Improve the windows by adding shutter blinds in a beautiful color, that goes with the exterior of the house. Add crown moulding to the top of the windows and install window boxes and put beautiful flowers in them.
Create an outdoor paradise
Building a BBQ zone or a deck in your backyard can be a huge selling point for your house, especially if the climate is favorable and people tend to spend a lot of time outdoors. You can also add landscaping. But have in mind that most of the young home buyers are looking for something that is easy to maintain so don’t overdo it. Add a hammock, sofa swings or a tent with benches and a table to stimulate spending time outdoors.
Home renovations can be done within a couple of days or months, depending on your plan. Prioritize and plan the projects in time. Most likely, your home already has plenty of unique features and it just needs a little refinishing.
By Eva Bowker
My name is Eva Bowker and I’m home improvement coordinator at Fantastic Handyman. My passion is to help people build the home of their dreams by sharing home renovation and interior design tips with them. I love to think out of the box in order to create lovely spaces.