Few people, when buying a new home (especially if it’s your first home), find a house that is exactly what they had in mind. In most cases, there are compromises that you have to make on what you really want in a new house. You wanted a wrap around deck, but you settled for a home that had marble countertops. Or you wanted a jetted tub in the master bath, but decided to buy the house that had genuine hardwood floors instead. Whatever the compromise you made is, there’s a high chance that you had to make one. The great thing about buying a house that isn’t your dream, is that it gives you the chance to customize it and remodel it to make it exactly like you wanted. And one of the greatest things about improving your home? Well done home improvement projects increase home value and what’s not to like about that?!
Having a well manicured and upscale landscape design for your home can increase the value of your home up to 20%. As long as you’re smart with your budget and prioritizing the projects that are most important to you, you’ll end up spending a fraction of that price on the actual landscaping, but reap the benefits when it comes time to resell your home. Some of the landscaping projects that will earn you the most in the future, include a well maintained lawn, patios/decks, and trees. Not only are trees beautiful landscaping additions, they also improve the air quality and add value to the entire neighborhood.
Updating the exterior of your home
Most people decide whether or not they want to purchase a home, before they even cross the threshold. A first impression is important, which is why curb appeal and having a beautiful exterior to your home is so important. A fresh coat of paint on the exterior of your home, fixing any siding that is cracked or broken, updating the windows or adding shutters to them, and making over your garage door are all great and inexpensive options to add incredible value to your home.
A kitchen is one of the most important rooms of your home, when it comes to terms of reselling and adding value to your home. If you have a small kitchen, you’ll need to do what you can to make it feel like a bigger room and more open. And one thing you can do to your kitchen to really pull everything together, is updating the appliances to match each other. Having a stainless steel oven, white dishwasher, and black fridge makes your kitchen look a little confused and isn’t an aesthetically pleasing look. Pick which appliance color you like best, and replace the appliances that aren’t already that color. New appliances should already be worked into your home’s maintenance budget.
While you’re updating the appliances, it’s a perfect time to paint your kitchen walls and cabinets to give it the appearance of being a more open kitchen. Lighter colors are perfect for making a room feel bigger than it really is.
New flooring is a huge selling point for a lot of people. Most people prefer to have flooring besides carpet in most of their rooms. Carpet is best served in bedrooms, but if you do choose to stick with carpet, make sure that it is soft and high quality. There are lots of laminate flooring options that look like real hardwood and tile flooring, at a much lower price point for you. When you choose your flooring for each room, take time to think about how it will look with the color of paint you have on the walls. This is also a perfect chance to paint your walls! If you’ll be ripping out the flooring afterwards, it’s a much less devastating mistake if you miss the paint bucket and end up dripping paint all over the carpet. Keeping your home filled with light tones makes it easier for future residents to customize the home to their own tastes, while making every room feel open and inviting. You really can’t go wrong with a nice and light paint color for living spaces and bathrooms.