By definition, home improvement or remodeling is the process of renovating or making additions to one's home. Home improvement can consist of projects that upgrade an existing home interior, exterior, or other improvements to the property (Wikipedia).
Nowadays, many buyers are looking for homes that are modern and environment-friendly. As you spend money on home improvements to meet the current trend, make sure you don’t overdo it so that you’ll not end up spending more than what you’ll earn back. Here are the best improvements you can do to your home that will surely catch the eye of prospective buyers and at the same time allow you to get a big return.
1. Modern and updated kitchens
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This is just one example of a modern and updated kitchen. Recently there has been an increased interest in minimalistic designs, one where you don’t see a lot of clutter in the background but just keep the essential objects. Here, you can see the maximized use of the cabinets in making the countertops look neat with only very few items placed on top.
In remodeling your kitchen, you can start with the small updates first such as changing the faucet, refurnish the cabinet, or install new cabinet doors. You can even just repaint the cabinets rather than replacing them. You’d be surprised at what a fresh coat of paint can do to an old cabinet. All of these minor changes work together in upgrading the overall look of your kitchen.
To make the home environment-friendly, you can work on replacing your old light fixtures with energy-efficient ones such as CFLs and LED lights. Plan well on where to place different light sources or you can even do layered lighting to make the kitchen more visually attractive. Another big improvement will be upgrading to brand new energy-saving kitchen appliances that save a lot of money in the long run. Lastly, changing your countertops into stone countertops such as granite and marble would surely impress the buyers.
2. Remodel the bathroom
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Just like upgrading your kitchen, you can also take the same approach in remodeling your bathroom. You can do small changes that can greatly contribute to magnifying the quality and appearance of the room like putting on new wall sconces and a vanity mirror. For paint color ideas, blue-grey, yellow, or soft blue works best for bathrooms without windows.
Another great improvement would be changing out faucets, light fixtures and showerheads. Just like in the kitchen, you can maximize the use of light by thoughtfully placing light sources in different locations and with different switches. You wouldn’t want to turn on all lights just to brush your teeth right? You can also put lights around a mirror to give a refreshing illumination. For the toilet and tub, you can make it looking brand new just by having it go through glazing. Lastly, you might want to put in exhaust fans in the bathroom to reduce dampness. Who wouldn’t love that convenient addition right?
3. Low-cost interior improvements
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There are a couple of low-cost improvements you can do inside your home. This can include a new rug, built-in bookcases, wooden shelves, new wallpaper, wall decors and interior painting. For an appealing and homey interior, try to consider hues that spark just that. Typically, many buyers want to see a home that has a bright and cheerful appearance. Repainting is a low cost and quick upgrade but will contribute the most in transforming the total look of the room.
Another suggestion is to use contrasting colors that give depth to the room. These contrasting colors can be reflected on the wall, the sofa, the décor and other furniture. To avoid empty spaces in the living room, you can put in there wooden shelves or bookcases that are not only for decoration but also helps keep your stuff away.
4. Switch to brand new windows
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Why invest in brand new windows? Newer windows are a good investment since these are energy-efficient. Many buyers know this for a fact and would be looking for it when they tour for houses. Just imagine, you could save up to $500 a year in utility bills since there will be no more problems with leakage of cold air and heat supplies.
The window in the picture above is a highly recommended one. These are vinyl windows. These windows will not only lower your energy bills, but it also makes your home quieter. Installation of brand new windows can be done in just a few days and are not as extensive as remodeling a kitchen or a bathroom but will add great value when you decide to sell the house.
5. Upgraded landscaping and outdoor seating area
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This is probably one of the most cost-effective improvements you can do to your home. You need to put equal attention to the exterior as to the interior of the house. After all, the outside is what potential buyers see first when they arrive. You would certainly want to increase the curb appeal of your property.
What can contribute to good landscaping? It can be a neatly trimmed lawn, healthy trees, plants and flowers, and shrubs that can help cool your property. You would also want to keep all lawn and gardening stuff away from sight and kept in storage. Having good landscaping also provides a relaxed ambience for outdoor seating. You could extend a deck or a porch, place table and chairs and throw in some cushions. This would help make your property appear bigger from the buyer’s perspective.
These are the best home improvements you can consider to add value to your home. There are a lot more however the five mentioned earlier are the ones that are cost-effective and will reap a greater return on investment. Again, when you make changes to your home, make sure you don’t go overboard and spend more than what you’ll learn and not to go beyond the market value of other properties in the neighbourhood.
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