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Simple Renovations That Will Increase the Value of Your Home

Even small improvements to your home can go a long way

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Many of us may feel a bit intimidated by the thought of renovating a home, because it automatically brings up images of dust flying everywhere, deconstructed walls and floors, and lots of money having to be spent. But there are times when home renovations are really necessary, because the fixtures, materials, and finishes used at home don’t last forever. This is especially important if you’re looking to put your home up for sale or rent sometime in the future. After all, who would want to live in a home that hasn’t been maintained well?

Thankfully, if you are planning on putting your property on the market soon, you don’t have to make your house go through drastic changes. Often, when it comes to renovating, less is more—even the smallest updates can do a lot to increase the value of a house. Here are some easy and affordable renovations you can do to make sure you get the best value out of your home.

Improve the exteriors


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As much as we try not to judge a book by its cover, we still can’t deny that the way something looks on the outside says a lot about how it is inside. The same principle holds true when it comes to a house. If your home looks beautiful from the outside, it will encourage buyers to want to see what’s inside. Therefore, do what needs to be done to make sure your property looks beautiful on the outside—give your walls a fresh coat of paint, add some landscaping and clear out the driveway, to name a few.

Work on a new paint job


Don’t underestimate what a fresh coat of paint can do to any space. A simple paint job can help provide an updated vibe to your home, and if you choose your colors wisely, it’s a great excuse to switch up the pieces you have in some rooms. Similarly, a new coat of paint will add significantly to the value of your home and make it more appealing to potential buyers.

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According to experts, neutral hues like white, beige, and gray are some of buyers’ favorite colors, not only because these give off a feel of freshness and make a space look instantly brighter and more airy, but also because these are great to use as a basis for when you start to decorate the space.

Save up for kitchen updates


One part of a home that buyers pay plenty of attention to is the kitchen. This therefore means that if you intend to put your home up for sale or rent, you have to make sure that every part of this room not only looks fine but also works efficiently. In particular, remember to check your cabinets to see if they need to be repainted or replaced. Make sure that the doors are still secure. Another part of the kitchen you should not forget to check is your fixtures, such as your faucet. Aside from cleaning it to get rid of any stains, see if it is still functioning well.

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That being said, the visual appearance of your kitchen is still important. You don’t have to deck it out too much; with some thorough cleaning, you can make your cooking area look presentable within a short period of time. You may also opt to add or replace your backsplash for some instant visual interest.

Invest in simple bathroom upgrades


You don’t have to make any drastic changes to your bathroom—this will undoubtedly take up too much time and cost you a lot of money. Instead, focus on small updates you can do, like upgraded storage units, a new paint job for the walls, some simple accessories like a nice mirror or a shower curtain, and a bit of thorough cleaning. You may also want to replace your bathroom fixtures if it turns out that they can no longer be used. The bottom line is that it’s very important to put in the effort to make your T&B look as presentable as possible.

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Refinish your floors


The floor is perhaps the part of the home that takes the most beating, so before you open your house up to potential buyers, make sure to check your floor first. See if it has any noticeable signs of damage. If it does, then that means that it’s time to give your floors a refinishing job.

One great finish you can use in your home is hardwood, since it lasts a long time, as long as you give it the proper maintenance and care. Installing hardwood in your home will take time and money, but it will also benefit you more in the long run.

Make sure there's proper space planning


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Often it’s not just the square footage of a space that makes it look smaller than it actually is; the way the pieces inside are arranged can also contribute largely to that. One way to make your home instantly more attractive to potential buyers is by opening up your home so that it looks more free-flowing and larger than its actual size. Fix the layout of your furniture in such a way that they lend an impression of an airy space, and get rid of any clutter that may be there.

Have a well-maintained garden


It’s not just the interiors that can increase the value of a home. If you’re lucky enough to have a garden, making this space look clean and beautiful will also cause your home’s value to skyrocket. You don’t have to have plenty of beautiful flowers and plants there—just make sure that it’s neat and well-maintained. You may even choose to add some patio furniture.

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