Are you considering selling your home? If so, have you considered the possibility that you could actually make more money than what you spent to buy your home in the first place? If you want to find out, Redfin provides a calculator to give you an idea of how much you can make from selling your home.
Homeowners also should consider making a few upgrades to ensure a steady stream of potential buyers. Here are six DIY tips to increase your home’s value and help it quickly get noticed on the market.
Ditch the Carpet
Carpets have their perks; they’re soft on feet, warm for winters and can be great for families. On the other hand, carpets are messy. They trap stains and odors and can really bring down the value of your home if there is any sign of wear or tear. The best way to give an immediate boost to your home’s value is by ditching carpet altogether. Hardwood floors have immense appeal to new homebuyers and will likely make your home a hotspot on the block.
Brighten Up Your Home
Unless you’re selling to a family of bats, you probably won’t win many buyers over with a dark cave-like kitchen or with drab curtains hanging in your living room. Light sells, and if your home is lacking in windows, you should make up for it by installing new, more efficient lighting to help give your interior a new shine. By maximizing your home’s lighting, buyers will be more willing to spend top dollar for your home.
Paint, Paint, Paint
Besides new lighting fixtures, another inexpensive and easy way to brighten up your home is by adding a fresh coat of paint. By simply changing the color of your walls, you can alter how people perceive the size and feng shui of your home. Brighter colors make small spaces seem spacious, while darker colors can make overwhelming floor spaces feel tight and cozy. Add an accent wall to bring your home into the 21st century, and you’ll definitely catch the eyes of a few younger buyers.
Update Your Ceilings
You update your laptops and your smart phone, but when’s the last time you updated your ceiling? While you’ve probably not paid much attention to your ceiling before, a new pair of eyes will instantly look up to see what you’ve got going on up top. Ceiling styles such as the cringy popcorn-style can make your home feel dated. Fortunately, it’s easy to get rid of that style yourself and bring your ceiling back into this century.
Modernize Your Kitchen
As you’ve probably picked up on, modernization is a big factor when it comes to boosting the resale value of your home. Many buyers will expect nothing less than spaces that look fresh and new, and that becomes especially true in rooms as important as the kitchen. When calculating where you gain the biggest return when fixing up your home, the kitchen ranks as one of the most important rooms. Even by simply replacing your kitchen appliances with updated, stainless steel models can bring you a huge return when selling your home.
Don’t Forget the Bathroom
Beyond sprucing up your kitchen, you shouldn’t neglect the second most important room of the house: your bathroom. Bathrooms are a space almost sacred to the home. If your bathroom feels spacious, updated, and clean, you will certainly win the hearts of your potential buyers. Just like with the kitchen, you can replace countertops, throw in new sink and lighting fixtures, and re-grout your shower to make it seem brand spanking new.
These easy projects will help homeowners confidently display that ‘For Sale’ in front of their door and wait for a steady stream of potential buyers.
Suzie Wilson is an interior designer with more than 20 years experience. What started as a hobby (and often, a favor to friends) turned into a passion for creating soothing spaces in homes of every size and style. While her goal always includes making homes look beautiful, her true focus is on fashioning them into serene, stress-free environments that inspire tranquility in all who enter. The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for an Open House is filled with tips, tricks and other advice based on Suzie’s years of experience in interior home design that will set you up for success.