How to Increase the Value of Your Home

by Gail Brumfield

Neka Granite Countertops in Kitchen

Are you preparing to sell your home anytime in the near future? If you are, it’s essential that you make a detailed plan for how you’re going to increase the resell value of your home so that you can get the absolute best price. Here are a few simple ways to have a hugely positive impact on the value of your home without spending tens of thousands of dollars on renovations.

  1. Focus on the Curb Appeal

The first things potential buyers see is the view of your home from the street. If your home looks drab, shabby, or un-cared for on the outside, people are going to go in with a negative first impression and won’t be as open to seeing all the great things about your home. Making your home looks gorgeous from the outside will put people in the right frame of mind to consider your home as a serious possibility. Start by painting your windows and front door. Choose a unique color for your front door that accents your home, and consider painting your windows a neutral grey, white, or even black to make them look new and elegant. Spend some time adding flowers, bushes, and other plant life to your yard, and keep the grass nicely trimmed while you’re showing your home. If you’re not much of a gardener, going with potted plants is a great alternative. Invest in a good power washing that will make everything look clean and brand new and consider adding some landscape lighting to accentuate your home’s façade. These small touches will have a hugely positive effect on your home’s curb appeal.

  1. Update Your Kitchen with Granite Countertops

Buyers have listed a modern, updated kitchen as one of their top must-haves for over a decade, and a beautiful kitchen has been shown to be especially important to millennial home buyers. By investing in granite countertops, you’ll be able to completely transform your kitchen without remodeling the entire room. Granite is extremely durable and resistant to stains, burns, and scratches. It’s a natural stone, which means that every single cut of granite is different, and you’ll end up with something unique to your home. You can go bold with red, green, or pink granite or choose something classic and neutral like white, grey, black, or tan granite. Granite countertops will make your kitchen look modern, luxurious, and high-end in a way that home buyers will love.

  1. Change Up the Paint

You might be surprised how much a fresh coat of paint can transform your entire home. Whether you use a painting contractor or do it yourself,  refreshing the paint in your home is one of the most cost-effective ways to make it more attractive to potential buyers. If you’re not sure what colors to choose, you can bring in a color or design expert to help you choose the right thing for your home. Buyers of all kinds tend to like a neutral color scheme that includes a lot of white and ivory, but if you think color would enhance your home, don’t be afraid to add a pop of color here and there. Or, you can compromise and go from something light and airy like a sky blue or light sage green. That way, you still get your color without overwhelming the space.

  1. Think about Energy Efficiency

Today’s home buyers are more concerned with energy efficiency than ever before. By adding some enhanced insulation, double or triple paned windows, LED lighting, or energy star appliances, you can make your home exponentially more attractive to modern buyers. If you want to go the extra mile, you can even look into adding a solar panel or two to your home’s roof. That will set your home apart and could attract buyers that otherwise wouldn’t necessarily be looking seriously at your home.