“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” -William Morris
Among other things you would do to your home, the most important is to maintain it. Over the years as tiles break down, sinks get a little leaky and doors a bit creaky, you know you would have to repair these items to have a functional home. However, apart from the habitual maintenance being done to your home, it would also benefit you greatly if you introduced cheap and practical fixes that would increase your home’s value in the long run.
Here are simple upgrades you can easily and affordably integrate into your home to potentially augment its value and perhaps attract buyers in the future.
1.) Making a kitchen really cook
The kitchen is the core of the home. It is where a family comes together to dine and socialize–which is why it is imperative that everything in the kitchen is functional. Most potential buyers will single out this room or would even check this room first, so make sure yours is not only presentable, but spotless as well. A good tip is to make sure all of the appliances are in working order and that the cabinets are good as new (with polished handles and updated lighting fixtures). Replace rusting faucets and if your budget permits, refinish cabinets and drawers.
2.) Give your baths a facelift
Similarly, your bathrooms are just as important which means any offending spots and grime should be immediately dealt with. You do not need to invest in a lot of cash in improving the kitchen as things like a new pedestal sink or a toilet seat can already make a significant difference to how your bathroom looks.
3.) Step up your storage
Regardless of how old or new your house might be, you can never have enough storage room and prospective buyers are incredibly particular when it comes to these. If you found that your house is notorious for having cramped storage areas, install some by yourself. Just use some of the do-it-yourself wire and laminate closet systems to pantries, entry closets and even bedrooms. You will greatly benefit from the extra storage and would likely entice potential buyers with the store room you have got.
4.) Do not neglect the utilities
Loose wires, faulty outlets and water leaks should be taken cared of immediately. Not only will these run up your utility bills, but these are things that could turn a potential buyer off. To make sure that the jobs gets thoroughly done, leave this to the professionals. Hire a plumber and electrician for the day and have them fix on these nitty-gritty stuff. Having a functional home with working utilities leaves a great impression on the potential buyers that you are a homeowner who takes meticulous care of your home.
5.) Reframe your entry
Remember that your front door is the first thing your prospective buyers will see and the first one to greet them, make sure it gives a good impression. If your door is decades old or if the knob is already starting to rust, you might want to consider changing the entire door. It would not hurt to add little decors here and there as well such as a welcome rug and a potted plant by your entryway. In this way, you are not only leaving an excellent first impression on your buyers, but making them feel welcome as well.