Top Renovations to Boost your Home's Value

Published on February 26th, 2015

Follow These Tips to Get Your House in Tip-Top Shape
Putting the house up for sale? Take note from HGTV shows like Love It or List it and Flip or Flop, and put some work into your home! When potential buyers are looking at your home, first impressions and positive facts are totally in your control. Take a look at these tips to make your home look modern and hopefully get a high return in investment.

Front Yard – The first thing any potential home buyer is going to see is what your house is sitting on. Get rid of any overgrown bushes, weeds, or toys strewn across the lawn. Make sure your walkway pavement isn’t splitting, and invest in an edger for clean lines. Showing that you take pride in your homes appearance really sets your home apart from others, and is great for the whole neighborhood.

Bright over Boring — when a perspective buyer walks into your home, make sure it is well lit. A dark home is not inviting. Adding a few lamps or going all out with some new track lighting can make a huge difference. (Remember to go with the eco-friendly bulbs!)

Flooring – If you have laminate floors, it’s time to tear those suckers out. Go with some nice wooden floors or the new-age engineered floors. If you’re on a budget, go with oak flooring, then stain to your discretion.

Walls & Ceiling – its 2015, let’s ditch that wood paneling and Stucco ceiling. Tear out wood paneling and opt for some clean drywall, or maybe look into reclaimed wood in a horizontal pattern. Stucco ceilings (aka popcorn ceilings) are an easy fix, just drywall over them for a more modern look. You’ll be shocked how much better your home will look.

Bathroom – You can go way overboard when renovating a bathroom, so just keep it simple. Update the fixtures, throw in some crown molding and a paint job, and re-grout the shower/bathtub. Once again, some good lighting can go a long way.

Upstairs or Downstairs? – Having a finished basement or attic is an amazing selling point. A potential homebuyer will see this finished extra room and put themselves in it: Do I want an art studio? A man cave? Perfect children’s play area? More livable space is always a plus.

A Winning Kitchen – Take out the checkbook, because the kitchen is where the most money should go. Homebuyers’ first stop during a tour is usually the kitchen, and where they will spend the most time. Put serious thought into the layout first, to make sure the “flow” of the kitchen works. After the layout is envisioned, pick up some modern appliances, earthy colors, and new countertops. Go for stainless steel, granite, and anything else you can think that will match the homes design.

If it seems like you’ll have your work cut out for you, you’re right. But these projects and renovations should boost your home’s value and help it sell. In the end, you may even fall in love with it all over again. If you’re thinking about putting your house up for sale or looking for another, it’s best to start speaking with a qualified mortgage professional. For more information on financing a new home, please feel free to contact our Housing Buzz Team.

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