10 Simple Home Improvement Projects That Increase Value
If you’ve lived in your current home for several years, you already know how important regular maintenance is. There are certain areas that will naturally start to crack and fade, and keeping them updated and fresh can make a place look brand new. Plus, there’s nothing quite as gratifying as putting your own personal touches on your home, by giving it a fresh coat of paint, replacing light fixtures, or ripping out carpet.
But what projects increase your home’s value the most? Here are a handful of relatively easy projects that have the potential to add value to your home. Whether or not you’re planning on selling any time soon, the long-term benefits are substantial! Plus, you get to enjoy these upgrades in the meantime either way.
Paint Cabinets + Replace Hardware in Kitchen
The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house, for both potential buyers and current inhabitants. A kitchen can dictate the entire look and feel of a home, in either a negative or positive way. So the more love you can give your kitchen, the better! But you don’t need to undergo a major renovation; in fact, a few minor updates to your kitchen will go a long way. Simply paint the cabinets a fresh color, update the hardware, replace old appliances, or add a new backsplash. These relatively minor cosmetic changes have the power to completely transform your kitchen!
Improve Curb Appeal
As much as we try not to judge a book by its cover, it’s hard to deny the importance of making a good first impression! The exterior of your home is just as important as what’s inside, so you don’t want to neglect those outdoor spaces — especially your front yard. Invest some time and money in boosting your home’s curb appeal over a weekend. This might include replacing the house numbers, updating the mailbox, installing flower boxes, planting some new shrubs or annuals, power washing all surfaces, or even painting the trim or the entire exterior.
Add a Fresh Coat of Paint
Speaking of paint, get out the rollers to paint the interior of your home — keeping in mind that the more neutral the hue the better, as it will appeal to a wider range of people. But if you’re not planning on selling any time soon, you can have some fun with more bold colors in spaces like your kitchen, bathrooms, or bedrooms! A coat of paint will leave your entire home looking refreshed and brand new. This is also a great time to take care of any dents, scratches or nail holes that have accumulated over the years!
Update the Bathroom(s)
Although they are small spaces, a well-maintained and updated bathroom has the potential to add a significant amount of value to your home. And you don’t have to invest in a major renovation in order to make an impact. In fact, you could simply paint the walls, update the hardware, paint the vanity, and replace the mirror and/or light fixtures. But if you’re feeling a little more ambitious (and if you have a more outdated bathroom), you can replace the tub or shower, redo the tiling, or even get a new vanity.
Improve Window Treatments
If you currently have vertical plastic blinds on your sliding glass doors or paper shades on your windows, it may be time for an upgrade! While the upfront cost may be shocking, making improvements to your window treatments has the potential to increase the value of your home. Consider installing plantation shutters, wooden blinds, or drapes for a more high-end feel. You can also start with some of the key rooms (or perhaps the entire first floor) and slowly replace treatments over time!
It’s amazing what a few simple swaps can do. Installing new fixtures, like light switch covers, door handles, sink faucets, cabinet knobs, and more, can completely update a space — and the investment is much less than a major renovation. If you’re on a tight budget, you can even spruce up your existing fixtures with a can of spray paint. Plus, you can get creative with the variety of different finishes and colors available for spray paint, from a modern matte black to a more traditional shiny brass.
Add Energy-Efficient / Smart Home Features
Today’s buyers are looking toward the future — seeking out modern-day features, including smart home technology and energy-efficient appliances. Not to mention, these amenities can help you cut down energy costs in the meantime! There are a number of energy-efficient features you can add to your home, including solar panels, Energy Star appliances, energy-efficient windows, improved insulation, and much more. And if you’re looking to make your home a little “smarter,” you can install security cameras, a video doorbell, a smart thermostat, smart lights, smart smoke/carbon monoxide/radon detectors, and more.
Finish the Basement or Attic
If there’s one thing we’ve learned while spending a lot of time at home over the last few years, it’s that square footage is everything. During the pandemic, many of us were longing for extra space, as our dining rooms and living rooms suddenly became our home office, homeschooling center, and hobby headquarters. Finished basements and attics became even more valuable, providing more room for work and hobbies, or even just space for hanging out as a family or hosting guests. Maximize the square footage in your home by finishing your basement or attic!
Touch Up Trim or Install Crown Molding
After living in a home for several years, one of the first things to get a lot of wear and tear is the trim around our doors and windows. Spend an afternoon deep cleaning the trim (a Magic Eraser sponge is your best friend!), then follow up with a fresh coat of white paint to touch up any scratches, marks or dents. If you want to elevate your home even more, you might consider installing some crown molding, which will give it a more high-end, finished feel. There are a variety of crown molding styles, from the more ornate traditional look to the sleek and modern molding.
Add Dimmers + Upgrade Lighting
All interior designers know the power of good lighting. To give you the widest range of options when it comes to lighting, install dimmer switches throughout your home — or at least in the most prominent rooms. This will allow you to adjust the lighting throughout the day, and not be stuck with harsh overhead lighting. You might also use this opportunity to install new light fixtures, like recessed lights overhead or lights under your kitchen cabinets, to create a more luxurious feel. Plus, you can easily swap out any outdated light fixtures with a more modern piece!
You Can Do It
Best of luck with your project! If you are interested in selling your newly updated home in the Omaha area, Council Bluffs or Lincoln, contact us to be connected with one of our agents.
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