Affordable Upgrades that Increase Home Value
If you are planning on selling your home, you obviously want the selling price to be high, but if your home is lacking in upgrades and important features, selling it for the price you desire is probably impossible. Upgrading when you are just planning on moving might seem silly, however, because putting money into a home that you are not going to keep can feel like a waste. With certain upgrades this might be true, however, there are several upgrades that can be done on a tight budget that will greatly increase the value and selling price of your home, so upgrading should never be ruled out. Here are a few affordable upgrades that will increase the value of your home.
When upgrading your home, always start in the most lived in areas such as the kitchen, which is typically the center of a home. Many kitchen upgrades are expensive, like new counter tops or stainless steel appliances, however you will always find them worth the investment as they will greatly increase the value of your home as well as draw in potential buyers. However, if major investments like this are out of the question, consider affordable alternatives such as covering old appliances in stainless steel contact paper. If you cannot afford new custom cabinetry, paint or stain the cabinets you already have, and replace the old hardware to make your kitchen look remodeled. There are several projects like these that can transform the look of your home and give it an upgraded feel.
The exterior of your home is just as important as the interior when you are trying to sell it. Curb appeal can make or break a sell, and you want buyers to be interested the minute they see your home. If you have a larger budget, consider upgrades such as repaving your driveway, replacing your front door or garage door, or building a deck. If larger upgrades are not in the budget, you can still create and upgraded look if you paint the exterior of your home or your front door, or garage door, add new hardware to your front door and garage door, replace or repair your gutters. The Perfect DIY suggests adding molding to your front door, add cute patio furniture to your porch or deck to give a fresh and well-kept look.
Lastly, make sure your yard is inviting to potential buyers by mowing the lawn, planting flowers, weeding the gardens and flower beds and adding solar powered lights along your walkways. If your yard needs something to set it apart from others, consider installing a fence, planting trees, or even adding an arbor or other yard art, but be careful not to go too overboard, because you do not want your yard to appear cluttered and messy.
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