No matter how you feel about your home—whether you’re head over heels in love with it or you’re totally ready to make some changes—there are always little tweaks you can make to improve the value of your home.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to spend thousands upon thousands of dollars remodeling your home to make it more valuable—there are infinite ways to spruce up your place, small adjustments to make it pop, and tiny improvements that can truly increase the value of your home. Don’t get us wrong, there’s nothing wrong with a good, old-fashioned, hands-on room remodel—we’re designers at heart, too, and we love to see a home brought into modernity with luxury fixes, focus on the environment, and smart-home installations. But, not every single tweak needs to be a massive overhaul of your beloved home. The designers, builders, and creators at Brickhaus teamed up to bring you a collaborative guide to improving your home’s value in a few, easy steps with a focus on quality, timeless design, and luxury.
Landscapes Are Huge For Curb Appeal
You’ve probably heard the term curb appeal before, right? Sure, we could be vanilla and tell you that curb appeal means how your house looks from the street. And truthfully, it does, but curb appeal is so much more than that—it’s the zing, the pop, the thing that makes your home sing as people stroll by on their evening walks looking at each other saying, “there’s just something special about that house.”
That’s curb appeal, and you don’t need a ton of money or effort to get it—what you do need is quality landscape.
Think of your house’s exterior as a handshake. Now, think about the last handshake you had with a new person—it was a first impression, right? It made a difference in how you thought of that person. That’s the same effect that quality landscape can have on a home’s value. The landscape doesn’t have to be extravagant, fancy, or elaborate, but it should be neat, maintained, and effortlessly beautiful—whether that’s a finely tuned dose of minimalism or gorgeously-kept gardens. Once you’ve tackled the outside of your home, you won’t have a problem getting people in the door—that’s when you can turn your attention to the inside of the house.
Focus on the Kitchen
Our advice? Kitchens first. If you’re looking to revamp a room, the kitchen is the best place to start. Why? It’s increasingly the most looked-at, reviewed, and relished area of the home. A kitchen remodel can significantly boost your home’s resale value—and it doesn’t even have to be a complete remodel, either. Small changes, little tweaks, or a partial remodel can make a huge difference in your home’s value. In fact, both kitchens and bathrooms (which we’ll get to next) are two of the best investments you can make in your house. A kitchen remodel, even a minor one, can recoup up to 80 percent of the cost because of the value it’s adding on, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2018 Cost Vs. Value Report.
But Don’t Forget the Bathrooms
We told you we’d eventually get here—after the kitchen, the bathrooms are the second most beneficial investments for your home’s value. Why? Because who doesn’t love a luxurious, modern bathroom? According to HGTV.com, both bathrooms and kitchens are up at the top of the list because they’re the “big, sexy rooms that new home builders splurge on.” It only makes sense that those updates are something prospective home buyers would be shopping for too, thereby increasing your home’s value. Remember when we talked about kitchens recouping almost 81 percent of their cost in added value? Bathrooms deliver about a 70 percent return on investment (even the minor or midrange changes!), according to the same report.
Update for the Environment
At Brickhaus, you know we’re all about designing and building environmentally-conscious elements into all of our projects—but we’re not the only ones who recognize those benefits. Buyers are seeing the value, too, which means that houses on the market with environmentally-conscious additions are valued higher than houses that don’t have these features. It can be something incredibly small—like double-paned windows, energy-efficient appliances, or better insulation. But, it can be a large-scale effort, too, like placing solar panels on the roof of your house. Not only will this likely help save you money on your energy bill in the long run, but it’s also a much more sustainable method of powering your home—something that home buyers and the housing market absolutely loves.
New Paint, New Place
One of the best pieces of advice we can give you to help boost your home’s value is a super simple tip—a fresh coat of paint can work wonders. Take a look around your home—both the interior and the exterior. Is the paint looking a little dull? Does it appear shabby and stained? Is it super last-season? Painting can be an easy, inexpensive fix that goes a long way for your home. Whether you want to update the existing paint with a fresh coat of the same color, or you want to get trendy and paint your walls this year’s hottest shade (hint, it’s living coral), adding on a quick splash of refreshing paint can help to boost your homes value in a snap!
Don’t Skimp on Staging
You’ve made all the home-improvement changes on your list and you’re ready to put your house up on the market—that means that your home’s value is pretty much as high as you’re going to get it, right? Wrong! Never underestimate the value of excellent staging for boosting your home’s value! According to Trulia, staging a house correctly lets you present it the best way possible, encouraging the prospective buyers who are touring your home to imagine themselves living there, in your beautifully staged home! A lot of people end up hiring companies to help them stage their homes (which certainly increases a home’s value), but it’s definitely something you can do on your own, too. Our quick advice for getting better at staging your house? Have a firm grasp on the purpose behind staging (you want the buyers to imagine themselves in that house, living their best lives), ditch all of the clutter, make every room light and bright, and never be afraid to rearrange (or even rent!) furniture.
Your home is valuable to you no matter what because you live there, but if you’re truly looking to boost the monetary value of your home, these tips should help. Our blog is here to answer your questions, provide you with insight, and keep you in-the-know on the hottest trends within the design and development world. Have a question for us? We can’t wait to hear it—give us a call at 216-360-8313 or check out our contact page to send us an inquiry!
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