Easy Does It: Increasing Resale Value

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Easy Does It: Increasing Resale Value

Through Manageable Improvement Projects

Homeowners are sometimes discouraged believing that upgrading their home to increase its resale value will be too expensive. It’s ironic that those same homeowners could achieve their goals by making relatively inexpensive improvements, most of which they could do themselves. In truth, one of the best things you can do for your home is to stage it well, making sure it is clean, is easy to get around in, and has great curb appeal. Many people make the mistake of paying for modifications that may or may not suit the tastes of prospective buyers. Remember, the main reason for showing your home is so buyers can envision your space as their own, not be overwhelmed by the decor.


It’s essential that your home be pristinely clean and free of clutter, so all the stacks of paper and excess items need to go. Clutter will discourage even the most eager home buyer. Declutteringis fundamental to staging your home and making it look as attractive as possible. It’s about presentability, not decoration or design, which is what makes decluttering your home so important.

Pump up the bathroom and kitchen

Most of the value of your home comes from the bathroom and kitchen, two parts of any house to which buyers pay very close attention. Be careful about putting too much money into modifications here, since it’s possible you won’t recoup your investment, and new homeowners are likely to change them anyway. Focus instead on repainting cabinet doors and replacing old fixtures with nice shiny new ones. Lighting, always an important feature of any home, is another upgrade opportunity in your bathroom. Replacing an outmoded and run-down-looking vanityis another impactful and cost-effective way to upgrade

You can make a definite splash by modifying your kitchenwith moderate and affordable upgrades. One of the most impactful improvements you can make is to have your cabinet doors repainted. You may want to avoid doing this yourself because it requires a lot of oil-based paint and a great deal of physical labor. If you’re intent on saving money and doing something striking, consider replacing your counters with faux granite or marble tops.

Curb appeal

Your home’s exterior must be attractive enough to command the attention of people as they drive by. You only have a few seconds to make a strong impression with your curb appeal, which means your front door needs to be appealing, either repainting or replacing it is a good move.  Shutters and trim should look fresh and bright, and if you have siding, it should be power washed if it’s showing grime and mold. If you’re looking for a professional service, you can expect to pay between $167 and $305in Bellaire, TX. Opting to have your home power washed by a professional can make a huge difference in the appearance of your home and will save you a lot of time.

Consider replacing your house numbers with numbers covered in a reflective material that can easily be seen in the dark. A well-kept and orderly front yard is very important. Your grass should be cut and edged, and all bushes neatly trimmed. Consider adding a fresh layer of mulch around your house and bushes to cover any dead vegetation and add a nice color contrast to the green of your lawn.

A manageable investment

Adding value to your home doesn’t have to mean taking out a loan or gutting your house to make major structural changes. A fresh coat of paint, a well-organized and decluttered interior, and an exterior that really pops are worth a lot more than they’ll ever cost you. Remember, the name of the game is getting the greatest value for a manageable and reasonable investment.

Article provided by Bret Engle from DIYGuys.net.

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