It’s easy to add value to your home when you know how. The best thing about this process is that it does not have to be a very involved one and the changes need not be big. You can adopt the approach of small, incremental changes to your home that add to the quality of life for you, and will add to the value of the property, if and when you choose to put it up for sale.
When you keep making useful changes regularly, you’re not faced with the financial cost of an upgrade before putting up a house for sale. The money you’ve put in has already yielded useful returns because you’ve used and enjoyed the facilities, be they a swimming pool, a sun deck on the roof, a solar heater, or a gym in the basement. When you invest before selling a property, you’re actually running a bit of a risk. You may find a suitable buyer or you may not.
The ideal upgrades to a property depend on its location and size. Smaller houses and apartments can always do with clever use of space. So, work on enhancing the storage facilities. An organized home that is free of clutter will appeal to buyers. Furniture with storage, for example, sofas and beds with holding space or coffee tables with lidded cabinets.
A house, big or small, can always do with a kitchen remodel, before it is listed for sale. Kitchen upgrades can offer aesthetic and functional value. If you can enhance space in the kitchen by removing the island or switch the position of the fridge and dishwasher to create space, then you’ve got an upgrade for practically nothing. Refinished kitchen cabinets and a new countertop can spruce up the look of the kitchen.
Curb appeal never goes out of fashion.
It also offers a great first impression. As you know, a good first impression may clinch the deal while a poor impression may put the buyers on the defensive. Work on the garden. Get some landscaping done. Make the lawn easier to manage by planting appropriate plants or use gravel to curb the growth of weed. You could add some seating arrangement. How about an outdoor grill? As a rule of thumb, whatever upgrades you bring about, try to make them as low-maintenance as possible.
Smart homes that add to the security and are energy efficient are a great attraction for home buyers. You should definitely invest in this feature. Wireless systems and programmable thermostats that help with power consumption are a good idea. Lights and locks that can be worked through smartphone apps hold an appeal for the younger generation that is very comfortable with smartphones. Add a new water heater if the old one is an energy guzzler.
Use LED lights and replace the old insulation with a newer one that has a higher R-value.
There are many things that you can do to upgrade your property for a sale. Finally, present a clean home to prospects. Get the tiles and flooring cleaned, paint the walls, and get rid of the clutter.