The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem. So, here goes. My name is Levi and I am… an HGTV addict.
Man, that feels so good to get off my chest.
Anyway, if you’re also into HGTV – or maybe just a dedicated homeowner – you probably think a lot about renovating. Except by the time you get around to doing it you realize:
- It’s way harder than it looks on TV, and
- It’s not easy on the pocketbook.
The thing is, you don’t need to do a complete reno to make your house market-ready. There’s no need to take out that bank loan, or even hire a contractor. Whether you’re getting ready to sell, or looking to spruce up your property, here are 5 easy tricks to increase the value of your home.
5. Go LED on lighting
Making your home energy-efficient is one of the best ways to increase home value. Some obvious ways to do this are replacing the water heater, splurging on double-pane windows, and even adding solar panels. But if you don’t have the means for that kind of overhaul, consider changing out your light bulbs.
In your home listing you can mention that you use “green” lighting — specifically, this $7 beauty with a 23-year lifespan and fantastic light quality. Another tip: try a filtered shower head like this one. It saves water without sacrificing water pressure.
4. While you’re at it, add some “smart” features
As more Millennials are in the market, a big selling point is the tech-savviness of your home. Nowadays, almost everything can be made to turn on or off with the touch of a phone button. But to start with, you might think about installing a smart thermostat, locks, and security system. Usually these can be self-installed, but calling a technician won’t break the bank considering what you’ll get back out of it.
3. Two words: curb appeal
As they say, first impressions are the most important. If your house doesn’t quite measure up to your neighborhood, you’ll want to get on that, stat. It could be as simple as trimming some hedges and mowing the lawn, or as complex as leveling your lumpy yard. Really, what you need to focus on is crispness and symmetry.
Think about filling in patchy areas with new grass, adding tasteful beauty bark to your flower beds, and planting color into your garden. Make it stand out!
2. Don’t underestimate a coat of shiny, new paint
You don’t need to go over every square surface of your house to reap the benefits of a new paint job. Experts say the focus should be on the kitchen, bathrooms, and curb appeal. So, pick a cute new front door color that pops without looking overdone. Splash something on your back door to cover the dog scratches. And start collecting paint chips to plan out your new kitchen and bathroom scheme.
This is a fun project to do with your family, and shouldn’t cost a lot, but will definitely increase home value. Here are some front door color ideas that are popular right now:
- White with brick exterior
- Dark grey/blue
- Rich, finished brown wood
- Classic black
1. No kitsch in your kitchen
It’s no secret: updated kitchens add the most value to your home. But tearing out countertops, putting in hardwood flooring, and constructing an island doesn’t come cheap. So this is more of a mini kitchen remodel, DIY style.
- See above: new paint!
- Slap some faux-wood finish on your tired cabinets, or simply repaint them for a cleaner look.
- Pick a new backsplash. Tiling on your own looks hard, but you can learn how to do it on YouTube, like most things these days.
- Buy stainless steel appliances. You can do this slowly over time as old ones rust away.
- Think about incorporating a rolling island. Not nearly as much $$$ as a grounded one, and a lot more customizable.
Tell us what you plan on doing in the comments, and don’t forget to share pictures once you’re done! For now, I’ll just go back to watching Property Brothers.
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