Increasing the value of your first home doesn’t have to mean making big changes that take a big investment. Small projects can make a big visual impact. Changing out or improving the right small elements can give an entire room a different feeling. Try making these basic changes, most of which can be done as a weekend project:
Change large, outdated lighting fixtures to sleek, modern ones
Switch out drawer pulls and doorknobs in the kitchen and bathrooms
Repaint cabinet doors to add color to your kitchen
Replace bathroom and kitchen faucets to match current trends
Clean Beyond The Surface
A clean, well maintained home will always fetch a higher price than one where buyers can see built up dust and dirt. In addition to your regular cleaning, try doing these tasks quarterly or annually to keep the home in top condition:
Have your HVAC system and ducts cleaned to remove dust and allergens from the home
Have a plumbing professional inspect pipes and plumbing, and have pipes cleaned if necessary
Clean the dryer vent and duct to remove lint and make the dryer work more efficiently
Invest in Quality Appliances
When your appliances need replacing, think about the potential resale value of the items you purchase. Buyers tend to prefer the look of stainless steel appliances, and will pay more for a kitchen that has matching appliances throughout than one with a hodgepodge of finishes. Another popular trend is to cover the fridge and dishwasher with cabinetry panels to match the existing cabinets in the kitchen. This gives the whole kitchen a uniform, polished look.
Look Towards The Future with Technology
Incorporating technology and convenience into the home is a trend that is increasing in popularity and will only continue to do so for the forseeable future. Some of the ways you can incorporate technology into your home include:
Install a smart home thermometer which allows you to program it remotely via computer or smartphone
Invest in a home security system that can be accessed remotely, so you can view the camera feed wherever you go
Choose energy efficient appliances or solar panels to appeal to buyers who are concerned with going green, and save on your energy bills
Don’t Forget The Outside
Curb appeal is a real concern for home owners who want to get top dollar for their property, and keeping the property well maintained is the best way to ensure it looks great whenever you list it. Planting perennials in the front of your home only takes a short time and as long as you care for them, they will bloom and brighten the outside of your home each year.
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