Real estate can be a tricky business. Adding upgrades and renovations will increase the asking price of your home and make it look better to potential buyers. Of course, you’ll want to make sure that the improvements are worth it for you too.
Here are some super easy upgrades that you (and future buyers) will love:
1. Maintain landscaping
While you might not want to spend time and money on a total backyard makeover, you can increase the value of your home by simply caring for the landscaping. Keep up the vegetation you already have in your garden and find ways to include color and variety. Select plants that are native to your region and used to the climate, this way you won’t have as much upkeep.
Edible landscaping is another popular trend that has the potential to attract future buyers. These gardens have both decorative and edible plants that live side by side, creating a colorful garden that’s functional and aesthetically pleasing.
2. Improve light flow
A home that lacks natural light feels stuffy and uncomfortable. Focus your remodeling efforts on improving light flow throughout your home. Something as simple as poor furniture-placement choices can create a dark atmosphere. Try removing furniture from the path of light and place tall items parallel, rather than perpendicular, to the windows. Adding mirrors to your décor helps reflect light and makes the room seem brighter than it would without them. Angle your mirrors so that they collect rays from the window and distribute them around the room.
Sometimes the sunlight can be too strong and you’ll want to control the amount of light entering the room. Retractable screens are an attractive feature to future buyers as they can be easily lowered to block out the sun and can retract seamlessly into the home’s architecture when not in use.
3. Choose eco-friendly options
More homeowners than ever expect to have energy-efficient appliances and eco-friendly materials in their new home. Add to the value of your house by choosing appliances and materials wisely. For example, use windows, doors and appliances that have the Energy Star seal. Also, remodel using sustainable materials. Bamboo is a great alternative to wood because it’s more durable and grows incredibly fast. If you do want wood in your home, select varieties that have been certified by the U.S. Forest Stewardship Council.
4. Increase storage space
Your house will have a higher value if it has plenty of storage space. You might not be able to add more closets (unless you get an addition), but you can utilize the space you already have. Buy closet organizers that include multiple levels of rods, and drawers. You’ll love the functionality and so will future buyers.
5. Redesign your entry
Your front door is the first thing guests and buyers see when they get to your home. Give your entryway a makeover to increase the value of your house. This can be easily done by adding a new doorknob or giving your door a fresh coat of paint.