Adding Value to Your Home

Posted by Home Buying Made Simple on Monday, July 30, 2012

Adding Value to Your Home!

Low Budget Changes

There’s a fine line between adding value to your home, and dumping cash into a bottomless pit. If you don’t want to spend the money on a contractor or interior decorator, here are some low cost, do-it-yourself ways that you can improve your home. 

Painting

Regardless of how good your home looks from the outside, if the interior is falling apart then it will be difficult to sell. A fresh coat of paint on all of the walls and ceilings will reassure potential buyers that you have taken good care of the house over the years.

Refinishing

By giving your hardwood floors a shiny new look, buyers will assume that the floors are newer than they actually are. This can help distinguish your home from others. You will have a better chance of selling your home if it appears to be in good shape. It’s also a good idea to refinish the front door. This way you can set a positive tone for the tour right from the get go.

Countertops

If you have laminate countertops in your kitchen, it would be simple and relatively inexpensive to replace them with fresh laminate. Even if the buyer doesn’t end up liking the replacement tops, it will be just as convenient for them to replace the tops later.

The Bathroom Fan

While this may seem a bit out of the ordinary, it’s more important than you would think. Other than the kitchen, the bathroom is the most expensive room in the home to refurbish. Excessive amounts of steam can result in serious, costly damage to the bathroom.  It’s not a bad idea to invest in a fan that is rated for a bathroom twice the size, to ensure that your investment is safe.

I write for the Total Mortgage Blog and am also a contributor on our Total Guide page.

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