Everyone enjoys a good home improvement project. But with every project comes the question of whether it will increase the property value in the long run. The truth of the matter is not all home improvement projects will deliver a great return on investment. With that in mind, here are some tips on ways to increase the value of your home without busting your budget in the process.
Declutter, Organize, and Clean-Up Inside First
Getting rid of your clutter is step one. Decluttering allows you to rid yourself of all the unnecessary items in your space. You’ll want a keep pile as well as one for tossing out, donating, or selling (garage sale or online). Start with your closets and then go room to room to get organized. Once the clutter is gone and the remaining items are organized and orderly, you can easily clean your home. Professional carpet cleaning, twice a year, is always a good investment, and keeps your carpet fresh and lasting longer to reduce the cost of replacing. Window cleaning should also be done twice a year. You can go DIY for carpet or window cleaning, or better yet, call on the team at Signature Maids to get the job done for you. Now that everything is decluttered, organized, and clean, consider putting a fresh coat of paint on the walls. Remember to choose neutral colors, especially if you are thinking of selling your home in the near future.
Head Outside for Cleaning and Refreshing
In both the front and back yard, fresh landscaping can make a big difference. Clear away any leaves, grass, pine needles, and debris to begin. Next, trim trees and shrubs, removing dead or dying foliage from your landscaping. Add new, colorful flowers, and fresh mulch to complete the landscaping makeover. You might even want to add window boxes or hanging baskets to welcome visitors to your home. Finally, depending on your home’s exterior, this might be a great time to pressure wash walkways, porches, siding, and the roof of your home to add the final touch to your home’s exterior.
In the Kitchen
Kitchens are the heart of the home, the place where everyone gathers for meals, homework, and even family time. If your kitchen needs updating, but you don’t have the budget for a complete overhaul, consider installing new countertops which can provide a completely new look at a fraction of a cost a complete remodel. Another great way to update the kitchen and maintain your budget is adding a new faucet, sink, or new hardware to existing cabinetry. If you feel your cabinets also need to be brought up to date, you can do it easily by painting them a fresh, new, light color.
In the Bathroom
Much like the kitchen, the bathroom is a room which can be upgraded effectively by small changes that offer a big impact. A great place to start is framing the mirror in your bathroom. Adding a frame gives a custom appearance without the cost. And like in the kitchen, painting existing cabinetry, adding a new sink or faucet, and changing out hardware can make a big difference in the aesthetics of your bathroom space.
All Over the House
Adding smart thermostats to your home is a good investment that will pay for itself in energy savings. Also upgrading your homes ceiling fans and lighting is a good way to increase the value of your home for very little investment. Plus, new ceiling fans and lighting deliver function and beauty to your home whether you are staying or selling!