A home is one of the biggest investments you can make. Even if you aren’t planning on selling your home any time soon, it’s important to constantly seek ways to improve your home’s value. Here are 6 small things you can do that’ll make a big difference with your property values.
1. Plant a tree.
Planting a tree is one of the easiest ways to increase curb appeal and raise property values. In addition to reducing energy bills, adding beauty, and providing fresher air, according to PNW Research Station and Michigan University, a tree in front of a house can increase a home’s sale price by almost $7,130.
2. Stay on top of maintenance.
Your home is a big investment – take care of it! If you stay on top of regular maintenance, you’ll avoid unnecessary costly repairs down the road and it’ll show potential buyers that the home has been in good hands.
3. Update kitchen and bathrooms.
Updated kitchens and bathrooms are typically at the top of a buyer’s must-have list. This task can be daunting, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. Even the smallest of updates, like refreshing cabinets or adding a backsplash, can make a big difference in the long run and catch the eye of a buyer.
4. Make the most of your space.
Don’t let any of your space go to waste. Buyers will notice – and pay more – for a finished basement, deck or outdoor living space, or an attic that has been turned into an extra bedroom.
5. Install smart gadgets.
From smart smoke detectors to light bulbs, people love to have their homes decked out in the latest and greatest in smart home technology. If you install technology like a smart thermostat or security system, your home is guaranteed to stand out.
Applying a few coats of fresh paint (to both the exterior and interior of your home) is an easy and inexpensive way to increase your property values. Paint not only gives your home an attractive and clean look, but it also helps protect your home from wear and tear too.
Have you made any changes to increase your home’s value? Share them in the comments!