If you’re looking to move in the near future, and want to boost the value of your home, take a look at these simple but effective remodeling ideas. These high-impact options are ideal for people who want to get a big return on investment:
1) Repaint Your Rooms
If you’ve been living in your home a while the color scheme may not be ideal. Neutral tones are a good choice for people who are planning to sell their property, because they’re inoffensive and most prospective buyers will either not notice them, or like them. You can repaint for as little as $300 and a bit of your time per room, and it will make life a lot easier for you.
2) Resurface Your Countertops
The kitchen is one of the first rooms that really gets noticed when someone comes to view your property. Resurfacing chipped and dull looking kitchen counters is a good way to make your home far more appealing, and it’s something that can be done for very little financial outlay. The cost will depend on the materials you choose for your finish, but laminate is less than $5 per square foot.
3) Refinish Your Bathrooms
The bathroom is another room that doesn’t get a lot of attention in redecorating, but it is something that your buyers will notice. Cracked or chipped sinks and tubs will not appeal to a prospective buyer. Replace that old bathtub (even budget new tubs are actually quite nice to look at), and replace the taps with something shiny and new. Clean and regrout the tiles around your tub and shower, and you will have a room that looks like new. You can redo the whole room for less than $1,000 and it will make your home far more likely to sell quickly.
4) Landscape Your Garden
There’s a factor in selling your home called ‘kerb appeal’. The first thing that people will see is your garden and your front door, so you need to put forward a good first impression. Fix up your fences, prune your trees, mow your lawn and rake any leaves. Pick up trash and generally tidy up. If you have any garden gnomes or other unusual ornaments, put them away. They can actually make your home less desirable because they are a “love it or hate it” thing. Make your home look neutral and tidy.
5) Repaint Your Doors
Make sure that your front door and back door are both in impeccable condition. This can be a time consuming job, since you will need to strip, sand, prime and paint the door and it may need more than one coat. It is perhaps the best update you can do in terms of increasing the value of your home. If you pick the right color and the door looks good it could increase the value of your home by thousands. Yes, people are strange like that. It’s a small change that has a huge psychological impact on the offer that a buyer is willing to make.