While there are all sorts of things you can do that will increase the value of your home, not all of them are economically feasible. Some cost more than the amount of value they provide. In addition, some simply take too long. You’re interested in moving your house quickly.
Fortunately, there are some relatively small and quick changes you can make to your home that will boost its value. Today, let’s take a look at some of those interior changes, and think about where you might begin:
- Update your kitchen. The kitchen is one of the two most important rooms in your home when it comes to selling (the other is the bathroom). A full kitchen remodel is going to take some time, and doesn’t always fully pay off. Fortunately, you can make some quick changes to your kitchen that will help. Consider painting the kitchen, switching out all of the cabinet knobs, or buying a new refrigerator to replace that circa-1970s sunflower-colored model you inherited from your parents. The more current your kitchen looks, the better (and faster) it will sell.
- Update the bathroom. Here again, you’re not going for a full remodel. You’re going to focus on more “surface” concerns. A bright coat of paint, some organizational aids under the sink, and even new towel racks and toilet seats can all help freshen up and modernize your bathroom.
- Pay serious attention to your lighting. Make sure that rooms with no windows have sufficient lighting. You can add lamps, or depending on your home’s configuration you may be able to add additional outlets. The general rule of thumb is to have a light source every three to four feet in the living or family rooms, and potentially less in the bedrooms. Even replacing your outdated fixtures with new ones can make the room look and feel more modern.
- Paint your interior. A couple of weekends, some drop cloths, brushes, and overalls can improve your interior’s overall feeling tremendously. By using a neutral color, buyers can look at the home and see it as a blank canvas. They can picture each room with the colors that they prefer. Generally speaking, painting your interior brings about a 110% return on your home improvement investment.
- Replace some flooring. Outdated carpet can keep your home on the market for a long time. It can be a bit of a pricey proposition, but on average you’re going to make back the money you spent on the carpet plus another 50% before it’s all said and done. It’s especially important if you have outdated or damaged carpet or other flooring. Refinishing a wood floor is a quick and easy change, as well.
- Add some window dressings. The right window dressings can really make a room. Your window dressings determine how light flows into the room, and will to a large degree set the mood (along with other light sources). Invest in some attractive, high-quality, contemporary window treatments to help boost your home’s value.
- Stage a room. Home staging is quickly becoming a must for those people who are trying to sell a home. Staging simply means carefully choosing the right furniture and decorations for a given room. That room should be the centerpiece of the home during open houses and showings. You can have a company come in that will stage the room – including bringing in their own furniture – and have it done in a day or two at the very most.
- Get rid of the clutter. No one who’s considering buying your home wants to open that bedroom closet and be buried under an avalanche of stuff. The fact of the matter is that a closet stuffed full of things doesn’t feel as spacious as when it’s empty or nearly-empty. Consider renting storage space if you don’t have somewhere else to keep all of your extra belongings. However you do it, you’ve got to get rid of the clutter. Prospective buyers can’t imagine themselves living in the home if all they see is you living in the home.
Today’s housing market is volatile, and you need every possible edge to get the most from your home. Make some of these changes today to boost your home’s value.