You don’t have to have a big plan in mind to get started on improving the value of your home. Simple improvements like a door replacement can change the look of your home entirely — and boost your curb appeal in major ways. Inside, changing your appliances to eco-friendly options not only improves the value of your home but reduces your family’s impact on the environment while saving you money on your energy bill. Follow these five simple tips to begin making valuable improvements to your home in order to increase its worth on the market.
- Increase Curb Appeal
The exterior of your home is the first thing your friends see and increasing the curb appeal of your home can make it feel like you are entering an entirely new living space. You can install a new doorway to better suit current trends as well as drastically increase the value of your new home. As fall approaches, you can spend an afternoon landscaping your garden with seasonal greenery. Improving the walkways and doorways in your home not only increases your home’s value but it can help you reset your frame of mind with a refreshing change of scenery for the fall.
- Upgrade Your Flooring
Upgrading to hardwood floors can significantly increase your home’s market value because hardwood flooring is what a lot of home buyers look for as a must have. They’re also easier to clean and last longer than carpets so they’re really an investment that pays for itself, especially for a busy family.
- Make Some Space
You need to think big when it comes to changing the appearance of your home. Knocking down a wall is one of your best bets when it comes to increasing the market value as it opens up the space and makes it more appealing to viewers. You can also consider removing a large piece of staple furniture like a kitchen island to open up the flow of the home and to let more natural light in.
- Go Green
People feel better about buying a home with eco-friendly appliances because they want to know that they are moving into a place where they are conserving energy as well as saving money. GreenPlumbers is an international organization that focuses on training plumbers on energy efficiency and the use of water-saving technologies, and it is becoming an essential accreditation for many plumbing companies who offer professional plumbing services to customers. While you’re at it, it’s also a good idea to look into the piping of your home and to look into the benefits of steel or PEX piping. Cross-linked polyethylene pipes (PEX pipes) are flexible, maintain heat for a longer amount of time and are more resistant to scale build-up or freeze-breakage than copper pipes.
- Paint Your Walls
The paint on your walls can make or break a buyer’s first impression of your home. You can do a quick touch up to maintain walls with chipped paint, but you may want to consider putting a weekend afternoon aside to paint your walls a color that appeals to buyers.
These ideas for home improvement will not only improve the aesthetic quality of your living space but will become an investment as well, as every improvement builds on the value of your home.