If you want to get the most money out of selling your home, the simplest solution will be to make a number of renovations, upgrades, and updates to increase the home’s value as much as possible. Even though you will need to put more money into these renovations and upgrades, doing so may increase the home’s value beyond the amount that you put into it, so think of these upgrades as an investment.
And even if these upgrades do not necessarily make your home more valuable on the market, they will make it seem more valuable to customers, so keep that in mind.
Here are the top home decor upgrades to make before putting your home up for sale:
Remodel The Kitchen
What is the single most important room in your home? Different people may each have a different answer to that question, but many people would indeed say that it’s the kitchen. It often is the room that people will check out first when looking at a home, and it’s where all of the guests and you hang out when you have them over.
Needless to say, if you want to improve your home’s value, improve the kitchen first! You can either renovate the entire kitchen, or you can make some smaller upgrades such as changing out the countertops. The countertops take a lot of abuse, sometimes almost on a daily basis, and they can really add to or take away from the look of the kitchen. Marble and granite are two popular options for a natural stone countertop that are both durable and affordable. You can find granite countertops starting at around $35 to $75 per square foot, and there is more information available here. Marble countertops, however, are in the $60 to $100 range per square foot.
Take note that by upgrading or renovating the kitchen, you don’t have to make it a deluxe or luxurious kitchen. After all, would a more natural looking, cabin-type home need a post-modern deluxe kitchen? Obviously not. But you can do things such as switching out the appliances if they are old, replacing the countertops, or changing the cupboards. Even just repainting the kitchen would likely go a long way.
Also, if you don’t have energy efficient appliances, fix that right away. Energy efficient appliances are not only better for the environment, they will save you (and whoever will end up buying your house) on energy costs.
Upgrade The Bathroom
And specifically, upgrade the master bathroom. This is another critically important room in the home, just like the kitchen is and a certainteed siding. As with the kitchen, you can replace the countertops, the cupboards, repaint the walls, and so on.
But do you want to know another trick that is almost certainly guaranteed to increase your home’s value right away (even though it’s not really a simple decor trick)? Add another bathroom. This will especially work to increase your home’s value if the home only has one or two bathrooms in it. You should expect to recoup anywhere from 75% to 125% just by adding a bathroom to your house.
Add A Deck (Or Fix the Existing One)
Adding a deck is another near guarantee to improve your home’s value, because it will just make your home more desirable to live in. You can probably recoup up to 90% of your investment by adding a deck. Or, if you already have a deck, repaint or repair it so that it looks like new. A fresh coat of paint goes a long way.
Find A Room, and Reinvent It
Find any random room in your home, and reinvent it completely. Repaint it and use colors that contrast with one another. Take away furniture so that more space is created and it looks more desirable and valuable from your customer’s perspective. Mount new curtains to the windows. Install art paintings along the wall and keep them at eye level. Separate the zones using rugs.
The simpler décor tips such as these are not necessarily going to increase your home’s value by several thousand dollars, but they will most certainly increase the value of your home in the eyes of customers especially if you install water fountains for indoors.
Replace The Carpeting
Another home decor trick to increase your home’s value (and you can use this throughout the home rather than just in one room) is to replace the carpeting. There are few things that will make a home look as outdated as old carpeting, which can not only look old but have an old scent to it as well.
The colors of the carpeting should also complement the color of your walls. For example, you could go with black carpeting with white walls, or blue carpeting with purple walls. Learn more at Diyza and experiment with different options on a software program first before choosing.
Just by making a series of smaller-scale upgrades in your home, you can increase its overall value potentially by tens of thousands of dollars, in addition to making the house look more favorable in the eyes of customers.