10 Easy Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value

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Boosting the value of your home doesn’t have to involve expensive extensions or a complete kitchen overhaul.

Today we look at some simple changes that will set your home apart from others on the market – and get it sold for more.

First Step: Declutter

You want the future owners to be able to picture their own belongings in the home and not be distracted by your mess. Sort through all your old clothes, books, magazines, trinkets and toys. Store everything you don’t need on a daily basis out of sight, or give unwanted items to charity.

Add Some Storage Space

Think outside the square with storage. © Closet Factory/Flickr
Think outside the square with storage.
© Closet Factory/Flickr
 

Buyers love seeing extra space for storage. Add overhead racks and more shelving to your garage, build slide-out storage for kitchen and bathroom cabinets, and attach shelves or hooks to the back of wardrobe doors.

Create Extra Seating

Create extra seating space outdoors © Wonderlane/Flickr
Create extra seating space outdoors.
© Wonderlane/Flickr

Having a second seating area can add instant value to your home. Look indoors for free space for a formal dining setting, or buy an outdoor table to create an additional area for entertaining.

Makeover the Spare Room

Make over your spare room to attract families © Tina D/Flickr
Make over your spare room to attract families
© Tina D/Flickr
 

Think about who the likely buyer will be and give your spare room a makeover according to their needs. For families, a children’s room or guest room would be ideal, while a home office is perfect for professionals.

Do Some Landscaping

Add some color with pot plants Image via Flickr
Add some color with pot plants
Image via Flickr
 

But not of the heavy-duty variety. Some light landscaping and a few seasonal pot plants are enough to make the front entrance to your home more inviting.

Give It a Fresh Coat of Paint

Give it a fresh coat of paint. © Keith Williamson/Flickr
Give it a fresh coat of paint.
© Keith Williamson/Flickr

Give yourself a weekend DIY project to paint the main bedroom, living room and kitchen, which are considered the most important rooms when showing the home to prospective buyers. Choose neutral colors and be consistent to maintain a fresh, smooth feeling throughout the property.

Look at the Lighting

Time to update your lighting. © James Davison/Flickr
Time to update your lighting.
© James Davison/Flickr

Still got tacky dressing-room-style lights from the ‘80s framing your bathroom mirror? It’s definitely time for a change. Go for simple, modern fixtures and replace anything that feels dated or tasteless.

Hang Mirrors in the Hallway

Add mirrors to give the illusion of more space. © Ritesh Man Tamrakar/Flickr
Add mirrors to give the illusion of more space.
© Ritesh Man Tamrakar/Flickr

Some clever decorating with mirrors can make a narrow hall look much larger. Adding a full-length mirror at the end of the hallway will open up the space.

Fix the Floors

Add class with new timber floors © Timber Floors Sydney/Flickr
Add class with new timber floors
© Timber Floors Sydney/Flickr

Now’s the time to get rid of that old, stained carpet and update it with a modern look. Consider getting wooden floorboards or brand new carpet installed if it is within your budget. Otherwise, hire a professional cleaner to get the floors looking as good as new.

Upgrade Your Kitchen

Install granite countertops to add value to your home © Unskinny Boppy/Flickr
Install granite countertops to add value to your home
© Unskinny Boppy/Flickr

Consider installing granite counters or, if money is limited, laminate countertops that have the look of stone. Replacing or repainting the cabinets are another easy way to update the look of your kitchen.

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