Small investments can reap big rewards towards boosting the value of your home. Whether you’re looking to sell your home soon or just want to show it some love, these 13 easy projects are guaranteed to boost the value of any home.
Talk to a Designer
Invite an interior designer for a one-hour consultation. A trained eye can spot aesthetic changes that will immediately boost value. Don’t try to guess where to invest your money – have an impartial pro guide your next moves.
Upgrade to Green
Invest in landscaping—working specifically with drought tolerant and low-maintenance plants. You’ll save money on watering until you sell, and your yard will look gorgeous. Curbside appeal packs a punch.
Kick that ‘90s style to the curb and give new life to an outdated kitchen. For a fast DIY fix, try repainting or staining existing cabinets. For a bigger return on investment, completely replacing old cabinets is a surefire way to boost value.
Paint the House
First impressions are powerful. Repainting a tired home will give it that special sparkle. Pick a fabulous contrast color—dark red is always a classic—to give your front door distinction. And make sure the doorbell works!
Professional Scrub Down
If you’re selling your home, don’t just pay your kid to clean it. Hire the pros to come in and give it the scrub of a lifetime. Dust on top of the ceiling fan, de-funk bathroom grout, polish up all the nooks and crannies. Your place will look like a million bucks.
Replace the Carpet
Old carpet is so sad. It’s stained, smushed down, and sucks the soul out of the room. Rip out that shag and put a fresh face on the floor.
Even the most gorgeous house looks small and unappealing with stuff everywhere. If it seems impossible to streamline—bring in a professional organizer to help you tackle those closets, cupboards, and shelves.
Indulge in Vanity
Update that funky old vanity in the bathroom. The sliding door doesn’t close quite right and it hangs a bit to the left. Find a sleek new one online, then hire a pro to install it. Boom, bam, done. The bathroom instantly looks better.
Knock Out the To-Do List
Tend to those idiosyncratic things you’ve learned to live with over the years. Potential homebuyers might not find them as charming as you do. For example, that window that’s painted shut? Fix it. The side yard sensor light that’s never been replaced? Fix it. The small hole in the living room drywall? Fix it. Make a list of the most pressing tasks, and hire a handy person to be handy on your behalf.
Revamp the Roof
Granted, it’s not a sexy change—as you can’t really see a difference. But your home, and its value, will reflect the roof upgrade by not leaking, by not sprouting mold, and by maintaining its structural integrity. All around win.
Prune and Trim
Cut back tree limbs that block the house from view, shrubs that obstruct windows, and vines that are taking over the roof. Home values improve when the house is on display and the interior has natural light. Pay a pro to make your yard and trees look cared for. First impressions can make or break a deal.
Update the Kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of the home. If you’re contemplating any kind of a remodel, this is where to start. Small budget? Get a modern microwave. Next step? Updated lighting completely changes the room. Feeling fancy? Upgrade appliances from those pea green ‘70s contraptions. Consult with a kitchen planner to learn your options if you’re thinking of changing the footprint.
Take Back the Floor
You’ve lived with weird purple tile for far too long. Life doesn’t have to be so hard. Make the house come alive with a refinished floor. Whether it’s wood or tile, set the tone for the home.
Ready? Go for it with these 13 steps—some big, some small—that will instantly add oomph (and financial value) to your home.