Selling a home is a difficult task, especially in the current culture of HGTV created dream homes and Magnolia Homes remodels. Everyone is looking for the most bang for their buck and a home that checks off every item on their wishlist. Although it is nearly impossible to meet everyone’s needs, there are a few things that you can do as a homeowner to improve the value of your home before getting ready to sell.
Create a Versatile Floorplan
When people envision their future home, they envision how they will live in it. They picture their children running around, their dog laying next to the fireplace, themselves cooking dinner, and their family gathered around the dining room table. For many future homeowners, these dreams take place in the midst of a large, open floor plan. Therefore, the best thing that you can do to improve the value of your home is to give the people what they want—an open floor plan.
When someone walks into a home they need to be able to see themselves living in it. If they have to tear down walls with their mind, this becomes a lot harder. Open up the walls of the kitchen or create space between the living room and dining room to create the home of their dreams and you will receive a return on your investment.
Upgrade the Kitchen
Whether they are a cook or not, everyone loves a luxurious kitchen. People want to think they have the opportunity to cook gourmet meals and entertain gourmet guests, even if they know they never will. That’s why upgrading the kitchen is one of the most surefire ways to improve the value of your home. Depending on your budget, kitchen upgrades can range from painting kitchen cabinets to creating and building a custom kitchen design. No matter what you decide to do, remember that you get back what you pay for. So, if you are looking to get the most out of the money you should invest in the kitchen with top appliances and finishes.
Improve Energy Efficiency
The future of the world and global warming is a current hot topic that has caused many homeowners to re-think the way that they use energy within their homes. Many homeowners realize that they waste a lot of energy every day and are looking for ways to improve their habits. If a home they are interested in buying can help improve their habits for them it is a nice added bonus. To increase the value of your home through energy efficiency you could install solar energy panels or invest in a home audit to determine what types of repairs the future owners of your home might need to make.
Simplify the Style
Over decorating your home or creating a style that is very person-specific is one of the biggest mistakes a homeowner can make when getting ready to sell. As stated before, buyers want to be able to envision themselves in your home and they will not be able to do that if it is decorated with flashy colors and bold wallpapers. Instead of creating a major design theme, apply neutral paint colors and install neutral/natural flooring to help create a blank slate for the future homeowner.
Focus on Curb Appeal
Don’t judge a book by the cover right? Wrong! The outside of a home is one of the most important factors to consider when selling your home. New buyers want to be proud of the house they have purchased and they want to be able to show it off in pictures to their friends or online. By investing in landscape design, new siding, a new roof, or paved walkways you are helping to paint the picture of what life would be like in your home for a buyer—a true way to create a lasting impression. Choose one of these ways to improve the value of your home or choose them all! Either way, your future self will thank you!