10 Ways to Boost House Value
- CREATE SPACE…Anything that opens the space and creates a sense of flow in the house is generating a response from buyers who can afford to be choosy. Knock out a non-structural wall, or even remove that kitchen island. If the kitchen has enough cabinets, it could pay to haul the island away. Consider a moveable island.
- PRUNE, LIMB & LANDSCAPE… Tangled trees and unkempt bushes can obscure views, darken interiors, promote mold, and block a good look at the house.
Yet, landscaping is one of the top three investments that bring the biggest return. An investment of around $400 or $500 dollars in landscaping, can bring a return of four times that.
- Let in the Light…A few ways to light things up: Fix broken panes, make sure windows open, and consider lights that use motion detectors to turn themselves off. Remember high wattage bulbs make small spaces feel larger, and soft lighting brings warmth to empty spaces. Dimmer switches allow you to create a mood.
- Don’t put off care and Maintenance…Before thinking about a fancy upgrade to the kitchen, address the basics. Insulate the attic, repair plumbing leaks, replace rusty rain gutters, inspect the furnace and the septic system, replace or repair leaky windows, install storm doors, weed the flower beds. Investing in maintenance and repairs is not only moneywise; could also be crucial to a sale. Houses that get attention in this buyer’s market are in tip-top shape.
- Go Green…If maintenance and repairs are in hand, put the greenbacks into green efficiency. If your heating or air conditioning systems are old, new ones may create savings of up to 30 to 40%. Another example: for $7,000 for the unit and installation, with $2,100 back in green tax credits, a solar-powered water heater could save you as much as 80% on your water-heating bills.
- Home Begins at the Front Door…Don’t underestimate the power of a front door. People make up their minds in the first seven seconds of entering a house. An overhang, such as an awning or portico, above the front door is crucial. If you don’t have a way out of the rain, or shelter from the sun you are really missing out.
- What’s Under Foot?… Don’t undervalue the materials you’re standing on. A few well-placed nails can eliminate distracting squeaks. Other small projects with a big impact include repairing broken tile, patching damaged floor boards, and tossing out the wall-to-wall carpeting.
- Easy Bath Upgrades…Caulk Around the Tub, Replace a Bathroom Faucet, Install a Low-Flow Toilet
- Neutral Wall Colors…Paint a Room, Paint Doors and Windows. Get out of personal taste…toned down wall color allows buyers to project their own ideas into a space.
- Remove the Question Marks from your House…Ask for impartial advice from a friend who will tell you what’s drawing attention and raising questions for all the wrong reasons. Replace a threshold, strip wallpaper, remove vinyl flooring; etc.