When you first buy a home, chances are you’re thinking about things like location, size, and functionality. But when you really think about it, a lot of these are short-term factors (after all, 10 years from now you may have a different job in a different part of town, need more or less space, you get where we’re going with this). However, the one thing that really sticks with you long-term is the price you pay and how much the home will be valued at in the future. After all, your home is one of the biggest – if not THE biggest – investments you’ll make, so it’s only natural to want to find ways to make your home that much more valuable.
We’re sure you’ve heard that bathroom and kitchen remodels are two of the best ways to raise your value, but when you have a budget to stick to (and maybe not all that much time, either), we know that can be tough to do. So, here are 4 easy ways you can start to work on resale value.
1. Update the landscaping.
Not only does curb appeal play a role in whether or not a buyer will walk through the door, but it could also play a role in how much someone is willing to pay. A home that has healthy trees/shrubs/flowers and a well-maintained lawn makes your home more attractive, plus having strategically placed trees and shrubs can help reduce energy costs – all things a buyer will be thinking about!
2. Make it safe.
Your home doesn’t have to be the “smartest” home on the block in terms of technology, but it should have some important safety features – and updated ones at that. A good place to start is by installing a solid safety system – think cameras, locks, lighting, and alarms.
3. Add square footage.
This one might sound intimidating, but we’re not talking about adding rooms out of nowhere (though sure, you can add on to your home). Instead, we’re talking about working with space that already exists. Take a basement or attic, for example. If you have one (or both!) that are unfinished, you can finish the rooms to add more living space to your home.
4. Think about efficiency.
Utility costs can be some of the biggest expenses for homeowners, so any way you can help with that is a win. Maybe you can’t renovate your entire kitchen, but what about upgrading to energy efficient appliances? Same goes for the rest of your home – maybe you can’t remodel your bathroom, but you do have room to upgrade the bathroom windows. Even small changes like upgrading your home’s lighting can make a big difference!
If you’re reading this and still thinking “I don’t have the time or resources for these, either,” you’ve landed in the right place. We will buy your home regardless of its condition and will make you a fair, all-cash offer for it based on our knowledge of the market – no upgrades necessary!
To learn more about our process and how much your home could be worth, give us a call or fill out our online form.