Whether you’re prepping your home to sell or just hoping to make it a bit more functional for your family while you’re still living in it, home improvement needs to be done with an eye on home values. When you’re home improvement budget is tight, or you want to maximize the money you choose to spend, you will need to consider not only the function an improvement adds, but also the value. Here are some home improvement tasks that have a positive impact on the worth of your home.
Give the Kitchen Some Attention
The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in a house for a potential buyer, so spend some time here. Adding stainless steel appliances, quartz counter tops and updated cabinetry will help your home seem more valuable to potential buyers. Try to modernize without making the kitchen larger-than-life for your home’s style and size. As an added bonus, kitchen improvements make your home more comfortable while you’re living in it!
Add a Bathroom
If you want a sure-fire addition that will add instant value, consider adding a bathroom. Homes that only have one bathroom are hard to sell, and adding one can boost the home value enough to completely recoup the cost of the addition. You will need 18 square feet of space for a half-bath and 30 square feet for a full bath with shower only, so find an area where you can carve this out and start the remodel.
Give Attention To Curb Appeal
Curb appeal sells homes, because it gets people to stop and take a look at a property that they otherwise wouldn’t consider. If your curb appeal is lacking, this is where you want to spend your time and attention. Keep the garden weeded and paint the exterior, if needed. Use color to draw attention to the front door, rather than the garage. With changes like this, your home will stand out in a good way.
Re-purpose a Room
Finally, if you have a room that has no clear purpose, give it one. Whether you add a closet and make it into a bedroom or add a desk and make it into a study, define its purpose clearly. This will give your home better function and also ensure that any potential buyers see the purpose in each space you have.
Remember, any time you make major changes to your home, you need to consider the value that those changes add. Even if you have no intention of moving now, you don’t know what the future will hold, so be wise in what you do!