Get the best bang for your buck and increase your home's value with these home improvement ideas.
UPDATE YOUR WINDOWS
Replace drafty windows with new energy-efficient models. If this is not in your budget, you can opt for adding storm windows, or caulking cracks around your current windows. You'll see a return when you sell and save on
bills in the meantime.
FINISH YOUR SPACE
Make the most of what you've got by transforming unused space, such as finishing a basement or an attic. If you have a lot of space to work with, try a game room, or if you are limited, try a small office.
3REFINISH HARDWOOD FLOORS
Wood flooring is a sign of quality, and there could be dollar signs hiding beneath old carpeting. If there are, it's worth tearing up the carpet and refinishing the wood. Most buyers today are more likely to pass on a house with wall-to-wall carpeting because it's harder to clean.
Tip! If refinishing every floor is not an option, create a great first impression by finishing the entryway. This shows buyers the potential hiding under the carpet.
CREATE A FOCAL POINT
Every room needs a center of attraction. Create a focal point for your living room by adding a fireplace. Whether built from scratch or prefabricated, a fireplace will add value to
Give your walls a coat of fresh paint. It shows potential buyers the home has been maintained, but also makes the space feel new. Choosing a neutral palette will appeal to all and complement your existing furniture.
Replace a regular window with a bay window to make your room feel larger. If possible, work in a window seat for built-in storage. When preparing for an open house, make this area cozy and inviting so your viewers won't want to leave.
Tip! On a window seat or sofa, style colorful and patterned accent pillows to brighten up
the space. Check out How to Mix Patterns in Home Decor for more pattern inspiration.
Upgrade your countertops. Granite is the most popular choice, but soapstone, quartz, and even concrete can add value. New home buyers will appreciate not having to tackle this renovation project themselves.
Add an island, especially if your kitchen is lacking in surface area. Even if it's not built-in, people love the extra work space a kitchen cart or prep table brings to the room.
If your appliances are more than 10 years old, replace them. There are endless styles, but if you want the most bang for your buck look for energy-efficient options. Buyers will love the
idea of saving money.
Tip! Need more kitchen inspiration? We offer 10 Kitchen Makeover Tips that we know you won't be able to resist.
ADD A BATHROOM, OR HALF
If your home only has one bathroom, building a second (or even a half) bath will add considerable value to your home. Look into adding one on a different floor
than the one existing.
REFRESH YOUR BATH
It's time to say goodbye to your old bathroom tile. Introduce a playful geometric pattern to your bath for a bolder look, like designer Susie Herr, or go clean and simple with white
TWO IS BETTER THAN ONE
Install a second sink (particularly if it's your master bath). A double vanity can be a big selling point, especially for buyers who have outgrown their current home.
Tip! Bathrooms can sometimes make or break a deal. Before your next open house make sure your hardware is sparkly clean and your bath is dirt-free.