One of the biggest mistakes people make when renovating their home is following the latest trends. It’s okay if you actually love them and want to stay in your home forever, but not if you plan on selling up one day. When you’re going to sell your home you need to follow a new strategy.
This means when renovating your home you should be thinking of ways you can add value to it. After all, your main concern will be to boost your profits when it’s all over. You can even do some of the work yourself if you’re good at DIY. Let’s look at a few simple jobs you should focus your efforts on.
1 – Fix Any Leaking Faucets
Do you know what mistake sellers keep making when they try to sell their home? They don’t go around checking things to make sure they’re in working order. When potential buyers find a small fault they’ll think there are hidden ones.
A leaking faucet is one of the most common because everyone will test them. Luckily for you they are easy to fix plus you could go on step further and replace your old faucets with beautiful ones.
2 – Making A Good First Impression
Some people call this curb appeal, but it basically means you want to make a good first impression on someone before they enter your home. The biggest DIY project would involve painting your exterior walls.
Even if you’d rather leave that up to professionals it wouldn’t be hard to paint your front door. Do what we mentioned in regards to the faucets too, which would involve buying an attractive new door knob.
3 – Spend Time On Your Garden
Estimates say landscaping can increase the value of your home (by up to 20 percent). It’s weird when you consider most property owners are only interested in the physical home itself, but now you know that is a big mistake.
If your garden doesn’t look good at the moment there is no need to do anything drastic. Anyone can plant some flowers, trim their trees, and build a basic pond. Don’t do anything too complex because potential buyers will be responsible for its upkeep.
4 – Adding A New ‘Room’
Unless you have some skills it’s unlikely you’ll be able to turn your basement or attic into a new room. They could end up being expensive anyway, but we want to find things that cost the least amount of money.
Although it might sound strange you should set up a table and chairs on your patio. To you it’s nothing special and doesn’t mean much, but to prospective buyers they’ll subconsciously think it’s a second dining room.
5 – Install A Smart Thermostat
When someone is going to be spending money on a new home you don’t want them to think about additional costs. When they’re walking around your home it would be great if they realized they were actually going to save money.
One way you’ll be able to do that is by installing a smart thermostat. They’re so cheap compared to the value they provide. People will think your home is a lot more modern and futuristic too.
6 – Improve The Air Quality
There are a few ways to improve the air quality inside your home, but only one of them kills two birds with one stone. Rip out your carpets and replace them all with cheap wooden flooring.
After so many years the carpets can hold onto smells you’ll not be able to notice, but potential buyers will pick up them straight away. Wooden floors are also considered a lot more valuable no matter how basic they are.
7 – Repair Your Kitchen Cabinets
The two rooms in your home where renovations will have the biggest affect on its value are the bathroom and kitchen. People are always going to see your cabinets when they walk into your kitchen.
You don’t want them to look old and worn, which might be the case if you’ve had them for years. Replacing the cabinets is expensive, so use an interior design trick and restore the finish on them by yourself.
Look Around And Use Your Imagination
Walk into your home and take a look around, but try to do it from the perspective of a potential buyer. You can even get a few of your friends involved too. Use your imagination and figure out what kind of things would stick out to you while viewing it for the very first time. Repair anything that won’t do much damage to your bank account.