Owning a home is one of the most stable and lucrative investments available. Whether you plan to stay in a particular house for the long run or move somewhere else, getting the most from this particular investment involves careful planning and making occasional improvements and renovations to maintain or improve the value. The more attractive your property in the eyes of prospective buyers, the more chances you have of getting a good deal from the sale.
Focus on how your house looks from the outside
People have the inherent tendency to judge a book by its cover and this certainly applies to homes. With this in mind, make your first focus on the external beauty and look of your house. Avoid unnecessary clutter, furniture and other extra ornaments from your patio or yard. Flowers and plants are great additions, but they should be arranged artistically and not just strewn across the place. Have your façade newly painted or adorned with great-looking tiles or slabs of rock to give it a more elegant and extraordinary look. If you have a lawn, it absolutely must be well-tended and lush, free of brown patches and bare areas.
Make your home feel larger by highlighting space
Strive for a spacious appearance. Maintain just essential furniture and avoid clutter that has no practical use. Keep your walls clean and free from smudges or stains; if possible, paint them a neutral tone. Lighter shades can create a feeling of more space when applied to walls, and height when painted on ceilings.
Improve the quality and quantity of your lighting fixtures
Outdated table lamps and lighting designs give a room a dowdy appearance. Update your lighting fixtures with modern, energy-saving designs. These consume less electricity yet they will give off a brighter light. The more light you have in your home, the greater its appeal and value.
Use more wood finishes
Hardwood surfaces and trimming provide an elegant finish. Wood is much more appealing to potential buyers than carpeting and is much easier to maintain.
Renovate your kitchen and bathrooms
Kitchen and bathroom remodels are obviously considerably more costly and more involved, but there is no denying that they also greatly increase the value and attractiveness of a home to potential new owners. If your budget does not permit an entire remodel, you should at least take into consideration upgrades in lighting, fixtures and flooring and fresh paint wherever applicable. Not only will these touches increase value, but the upgraded appearance and the new look will be much more compelling to buyers.
A home is a wise investment to make, and it’s only natural for people who are ready to sell to want a maximum return for their efforts. The most effective way to achieve this is to undergo home improvement projects that will not only change the way the home looks, but also the value it delivers.