When you’re trying to sell your home dedicating time and money into it to make it more appealing could make the difference between selling under market value or selling above market value. The only problem is, many homeowners don’t even know where to begin. Whether you’re looking to list your home on the open market or you’re just looking to improve the condition of your home, here are a few ways you can increase the value of your property:
Improve the Curb Appeal
One of the savvier ways to increase the value of your home is to spruce up your home’s exterior. Essentially, curb appeal is the first impression an interested homebuyer would make about your home. Homes with unkempt landscaping, deteriorating roofs, and outdated windows and doors may see a decrease in the appraisal of the property. Ensuring that your porch, garden (green grass, attractive flower beds, etc.), and roof are in good condition will go a long way in increasing your home’s value.
Reduce the Amount of Maintenance Required
Understandably, the appliances and fixtures in your home may need routine maintenance if you’ve owned them for a long time. If systems such as your HVAC unit (air conditioning and furnace) and your water heater need to eventually be repaired or replaced, doing so before you sell your home will increase the value of your property. Also, replacing old and tattered carpeting with a more modern style of flooring, such as hardwood, will make it easier for homeowners to clean spills and messes. Reduce maintenance and improve your home’s value.
Prioritize Energy Efficiency
Unfortunately, over time, your windows and doors will begin to lose their energy efficiency. Heat and cooling loss through windows and doors are the biggest culprit of high energy bills for homeowners in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Replacing your windows and doors to ensure that you are keeping your hot or cold air inside your home will improve your home’s value tremendously. While upgrading, consider double pane windows to insulate your home further, also be sure to inspect your attic to see if the insulation needs to be replaced. Other energy efficient solutions include upgrading lighting fixtures to LED lights and purchasing appliances (fridges, washing machines, dishwashers) with EnergyStar efficiency ratings.
Upgrade Its Technologies
An efficient way to improve your home’s value is to improve the technologies inside of it. Upgrading your analog thermostat to a digital thermostat is one way to improve energy efficiency and accessibility for a homeowner. Implementing new smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, as well as adding security cameras and automatic sprinkler systems can make living in your home more comfortable and safer, which is essential for prospective buyers.
By improving your curb appeal, reducing the amount of home maintenance required, ensuring features of your home are energy efficient, and upgrading your home’s technologies, you will sufficiently increase the value of your home, which is why contacting your local home improvement company for a home assessment will put you on the path to success.