Improving the value of a home doesn't always require thousands of dollars and countless hours of sweat equity. In fact, it can be a lot simpler and less taxing than that. Whether getting ready to sell or just looking to increase the value of their property, homeowners can tackle these simple project ideas to spruce up their homes.
Ready, set, garden!
The first thing a potential buyer sees when checking out a property is the exterior of the house. To make a great first impression, owners should give their property a facelift by cleaning up the yard, fertilizing the grass and adding a fresh layer of mulch to garden beds. Simply planting attractive flowers or shrubs, adding outdoor seating or installing a fire pit can enhance curb appeal. Other easy fixes to the exterior of a home can also yield high rewards for sellers. In their annual Cost vs. Value report, Remodeling magazine listed the average return on investment for replacing a garage door at 98.3 percent.
Start with the basics
It's common for homes to get a little run down through years of natural wear-and-tear. But minor defects that a seller may hardly notice anymore often jump out at potential buyers. Simple, cost efficient fixes like replacing a broken light fixture or a leaky faucet, patching up any holes or dents in the walls or swapping out rusted doorknobs or handles for newer models can positively change a buyer's impression of a home and won't break the bank.
Slap on a fresh coat of paint
One of the quickest ways to change the look and feel of a house is to paint its walls. However, some remodelers tend to go overboard. Homeowners should decide room by room whether the walls need repainting or just a good scrubbing to avoid making the project unnecessarily daunting. Choosing a color is especially important when repainting. According to Consumer Reports, most realtors recommend repainting walls in white, beige or neutral tones that won't distract buyers from the home's other features. After all, sellers want buyers to picture their own vision for the home rather than focus on the feeling they get from the color of the room.
Get cooking on that kitchen
When it comes to deciding which room to give a little extra TLC to, homeowners should turn their attention to the kitchen. For most buyers, this is the heart of the home and it can be a major selling point if it looks good. Upgrades like stainless steel appliances, modern cabinets and drawers or new countertops can give the space a polished look and make it more attractive to buyers.
It's crucial that people checking out a home are able to appreciate all the work sellers have put into it to get it market ready. That's why it's is so important to clear out as much unnecessary junk as possible. Clutter on the countertops or on the floor will distract buyers from those beautiful new remodels so remember to keep it clean.