3 Ways To Increase The Value Of Your Home
When selling your home, you, of course, want to be able to sell it for the most money possible. The issue is that as with all homes, there are most likely things in your house that will keep you from getting that maximum offer price. Realistically a full remodel might not be in your budget and timeframe in which you want to sell your home though. So what do you do?
There are lots of relatively small things you can do in your home to make it more appealing to even the most discerning buyers. Today I’d like to share with you five ways you can increase the value of your home before you put it on the market, without too much effort and expense.
Do Your Ceilings Make Your Home Look “Too Vintage”?
Vintage is great, except when it comes to your home’s ceilings. Popcorn ceilings, while once popular back in the 1950’s can elicit a negative reaction from would-be home buyers faster than you could possibly imagine.
Taking the time to remove the ceiling material and refurbish it to a nice, smooth surface, while tedious, is not hard and will really help you get a higher offer when you put your home on the market.
One word of caution when performing this work on your home is that it is probably best to hire a professional to do the work. Many of these popcorn ceilings were painted with paint that contains asbestos (now a banned substance). As a result, you need a special removal process to ensure you don’t harm yourself or others by releasing hazardous asbestos particulates in the air.
How Green Is Your Home?
If you haven’t heard, “green is the new black”. Especially for Millenials that are looking to buy homes, energy efficient homes are almost always more favorable than those that are not. First off, everyone wants to do their part for the environment. Secondly, energy efficient homes mean a buyer will not be spending as much money as they might have to, in order to provide energy to the home.
Installing solar panels on your roof, of course, would be considered the ultimate in making sure your home is energy efficient. Again though, given the expense and/or the timeframe in which you want to sell your home, this may not be possible. Have no fear though. There are some simple things you can upgrade or replace that will make your home much more energy-efficient in the eyes of potential buyers.
If your home still has it’s original windows, replacing the windows with energy efficient, double pane windows will boost your home’s energy efficiency greatly. If you want to cut down on the air conditioning bill, installing ceiling fans in bedrooms is a great way to make sure your power bill will stay in check. Installing water efficient, low-flow fixtures in your showers and baths is another great way to increase your home’s efficiency and also lower your water bill. These are the kinds of changes that will definitely be desirable to potential buyers.
Replace Simple Bathroom Fixtures
Continuing on the topic of bathrooms, if your bathroom is original or hasn’t been remodeled in a long time, chances are your mirrors, towel racks, and vanity hardware could really use an update. It doesn’t sound like that is a lot of change in your bathroom, but you’d be amazed at how updated your bathroom will look, even with these simple changes.
Choosing more stylish, updated hardware for these updates will give potential buyers a feeling that you have kept your bathroom up to date with the times. This impact will not only help with a buyer’s overall view of your home but also impact the amount of money they are willing to offer for your home.