Even if you’re not necessarily planning on selling anytime soon, it’s hard to resist keeping an eye on that magical figure: the amount of dollars that your property is worth. Hopefully, it has been moving in a financially favorable direction compared to when you bought it, but what if it isn’t? Well, fear not, because it’s not the end of the world. Indeed, it might just be a matter of fixing one or two easy to solve problems. Below, we take a look at five straightforward home improvements that’ll make your house more enjoyable to live in and improve the value at the same time.
Up the Coziness
It’s amazing how much perception and feeling can have on the value of a home! Or, is that all a value is based on in the first place? Well, in any case, you’ll want to take a look at giving your home a cozy boost – it might just nudge your property in the right direction. There are two simple ways to do this. The first is to make sure that it’s sufficiently insulated and set up to be nice and warm in the winter. The second is to play around with lighting, and find a style that makes people think “aw, I want to live here!”
Focus on Curb Appeal
You might spend all your time thinking about the inside of your property; everyone else that comes to your property has already mostly made up their minds about it by the time they enter your hallway. Why? Because they’ve been looking at the front of your house, or what people in the biz call the home’s ‘curb appeal.’ There are many affordable, easy ways to improve the front of your home. You can hire an exterior house painter, and give your home a fresh look. You can replace your front door with one that’s more eye-catching. You can plant or tree, or, better yet, a hedge. None of these things is overly complicated, but they do make a difference.
Stay on Top of Repairs
It’s not your interior design that’ll move your home’s value upwards; it’s the house itself that’ll do that. Every home has niggling problems. And individually, these are so small as to be barely worth mentioning; but add them all together, and your house will begin to look in a state of disarray, albeit in a subtle way. As such, one of the best things you can do is simply stay on top of your repairs! Fix them before they become bigger problems, and your home will be essentially flawless. Nice!
Don’t Go Overboard
Now, it doesn’t get much easier than doing anything. While we’re not saying that you shouldn’t look to improve your home, be aware that some improvements are actually more of a hindrance than a help. If you only have a small space, for instance, then adding too many features will make it look cramped. Keep things simple; potential buyers prefer simplicity! And in any case, it’s much nicer to live in a property with less going on, so do it for your own benefit, too.
Disclosure: This is a contributed post.