If you are looking to sell your house, it’s likely you wouldn’t put it on the market as is. Unless your home is pristine and virtually had been unlived in- which of course is never the reality!- putting a little work in is always a part of the process. But you probably already know that. The question you’re likely facing is, what are the best areas of my home to focus on? If you’re looking to clean up your home for potential buyers and add some value as well, we’ve compiled a short list of renovations that pay themselves off in no time.
Steel front door
Adding a steel front door to your home is a quick and simple way to drastically increase the value of your home. A new, steel front door will improve your home in two ways. Firstly, your home will look more secure. Even with the best security system that’s out there, simply the appearance of a strong front door will make people feel more secure and more willing to purchase your home for a higher price. Secondly, it will just look nicer! Many people who are looking at homes will pass over viewing a home that looks not up to their standards on the exterior, because it gives the impression that the interior is not much better. So while it’s important to upkeep your home’s exterior as you renovate, replacing your front door is a great way to add a lot of value, quickly! Which brings us to our second point…
Garage door replacement
As we talked about above, replacing your garage doors- especially if they’re dented or dirty- is an easy way to add value to your home. This may not be as necessary if your garage doors aren’t visible from the road, but just as replacing your front door can instantly improve the front of your home, replacing your garage doors can do the same- and it will pay itself off soon after! Just as above, it looks more secure as well. People want to know that their cars, machinery, or whatever else they may be storing in the garage will be safe and sound inside.
Kitchen or bathroom remodel
Kitchens and bathrooms are the two rooms of your home that add the most value. Once the exterior of your home has drawn people in, they’ll be paying particularly close attention to the kitchen and bathrooms as that is where families will spend such a huge portion of their time. You don’t have to remodel every single one of these rooms in your house, but we do recommend taking care in paying attention to details such as hardware and replacing flooring in all of them. If one of these rooms really needs a remodel or you have the desire to go all out, then do it! When people are looking at your home, they’ll spend a lot of time imagining cooking in the kitchen or getting ready in the bathroom- make it an even more enjoyable experience for them!
A bedroom addition, or converting an already existing room into a bedroom, is another great way to add value to your home. Bedrooms are an important aspect of the home and are one of the rooms you’ll want to feel the most comfortable, and reasonably so. This is where you’ll start and finish your day, so it’s important to make it a space where you can relax and wind-down from your day, and enjoy the peace of your home. These are the reasons your home has personal and emotional value to you. But beyond that, they also add to your homes’ usability and market value. Generally speaking, a bedroom addition will offer one of the best returns on investments.
Finally, our last point is on the importance of window replacement. New windows are going to save homeowners on their time, and most importantly, their money. Especially long-term, not cutting corners when it comes to your windows will limit that extra spending on replacement materials and resources. A window replacement will add to the immediate value of your home by improving its current state, but its return on investment will be better insulation as well as one less thing to worry about for buyers. With everything else that goes on in a home renovation it can be daunting to worry extensively about windows, but it’s an investment you will not regret!
If you’re looking to invest a little into your home renovation with a guarantee of increasing value, we hope these ideas give you some inspiration! There’s a number of projects across various budgets that will add value to your property so if none of these seem to be what you’re looking for, get creative in your research or reach out to a professional for some ideas!