10 Easy Upgrades That Boost Home Value

Most families don't move into a new home automatically thinking about its resale value. After all, most people intend on living in their homes for quite some time before thinking about moving. It is only when they're thinking about selling that the home's value comes into consideration.

If you're considering selling your home, or you just want to help ensure your home retains as much of its values as possible in a fluctuating market, there are some things you can do to help boost home value. Here are ten easy upgrades recommended by Southland's GA builders.

#1 - Open Up the Floor Plan

If you have an older home, then odds are it features dedicated spaces for rooms. In other words, your rooms are closed off from one another by dividing walls. But, in recent years open floor plans have become more preferred. By knocking down one or more non-load bearing walls, you can really open up the living space while increasing your home's value at the same time.

#2 - Solidify the Guts of the Home Before Making Big Renovations

Sure, a new kitchen looks great, but if it has leaky plumbing then all of the expected value is lost. Therefore, before making any major renovations, be sure to repair and maintain the guts of the home first. This includes making sure the attic is well insulated, the furnace is inspected, the wiring is safe, the plumbing is clear and leak-free, the windows and doors are insulated and leak-free, and the flower beds are weeded.

#3 - More Light Equals More Value

Things like skylights and sun tubes bring natural light into the home and for many buyers, this really improves a home's selling points and overall value. Even if you can't spring for skylights, there are still ways to improve your home's lighting control. Replacing traditional wall switches with dimmer switches promotes greater lighting control, and this also helps improve your home's worth.

#4 - Go With Neutral Wall Colors

While bright and vibrant colors might be your personal preference, they can have a negative impact on your home's market value. Buyers prefer neutral wall colors. So, if you're planning on selling in the near future, now is the time to start repainting your walls.

#5 - Clean Up Your Landscaping

Homes with cleaner, more defined landscapes have higher property values than those with messy, overgrown bushes, shrubs, and trees. It's true - studies show that whatever you invest in proper landscaping will come back four times in the home's value.

#6 - Install an Attractive Front Door

Your front door makes your home's initial impression on buyers. If your door is beat up, losing its paint, or otherwise just unsightly, then replacing it with a more attractive one can have an immediate impact on your home's value.

#7 - Focus on Flooring

If your flooring is ugly, discolored, or simply out of trend, then spending the money to replace it could be well worth it. In fact, studies show that whatever is spent on improving flooring usually comes back more than double in the home's value. And, while wood floors might be timeless, squeaky floors can pose a problem. Simply nailing down your squeaky boards does the trick.

#8 - Clean Up the Bath

Things like dirty grout lines, missing caulk, rust stains, ugly faucets, and frosted glass in your bathrooms can really detract for your home's value. So, get to work and give your bath a quick clean up and replace what needs replacing. You don't need to a complete bathroom renovation, sometimes a simple cleaning and some maintenance will go a long way.

#9 - Invest in Green Energy

Today, home buyers want energy efficient homes, so one of the best things you can do to help raise your home's value is to invest in green technology. From solar energy to Energy Star appliances, there are dozens of ways to make your home more energy-conscious and you'll not only enjoy attractive tax incentives for doing so, but you'll also boost the value of your home significantly.

#10 - Tackle Questionable Concerns

Every home has certain things that make guests ask - what happened there? When you're trying to improve your home's value, you'll want to address as many of those questionable concerns as possible so buyers won't have a reason to second guess your asking price.

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