A home is a major investment. Most spend their entire lives paying off a mortgage so it’s important to get the most profit and value out of it as possible. There are so many different ways to increase the value of a home that don’t involve breaking down walls, weeks of projects or the inconvenience of rewiring an entire floor. With a lot of the ideas listed below, the time needed may only be within the span of one week. Here are three different suggestions of ways to increase a home’s value in a way that’s affordable.
1. Go Green
Everyone is looking for ways to decrease their carbon footprint. Not only does it help the environment but going green can really keep money in your pocket too. Going green can be as simple as installing new energy efficient lighting throughout the house. And if you want to spend a bit more and be a little more adventurous, then you might be interested in hooking up motion detectors to lights so that they aren’t left on for hours even when there’s nobody in the room. Another idea would be to update your thermostat to something more intelligent and efficient, like the Nest.
2. Replace the Kitchen
The kitchen is the place where people spend a lot of time entertaining and eating, of course. While stainless steel appliances and granite countertops are some of the ideal upgrades on a wish list, simply changing the colour of the cabinets with a good sanding and fresh coat of paint can really lighten and brighten up any kitchen. Little details such as the knobs and handles for cabinets and other fixtures in the house can make a difference in the home’s value also. And it also means you don’t have to get a loan just to get that new look you want.
3. Update the Bathroom
Bathrooms can be pretty simple to upgrade with new wall cabinets, a new toilet or even new flooring, especially if you choose a less expensive option such as vinyl or for the floor. It’s still possible to replace the wall tiles with an attractive tile without spending a fortune, particularly if you don’t need to cover a large area. In fact, you could go all out for a polished natural stone or porcelain tile for small bathrroms or en suites and not really spend too much more than you would for a fairly standard ceramic tile.
With a little time and patience, all of these projects can make a dramatic difference in the room.