5 Fixes to Boost the Value of Your Home

Distinct Homes LA · November 4, 2015

5 fixesAs a way of boosting the market value of your home, there are 5 essential areas that should be fixed. These areas carry great importance in boosting the value of your home when viewed by prospective buyers. Here are the fixes outlined below:

 

1. Spruce up the Kitchen

One of the most important areas in a house is the kitchen. As a matter of fact, it is considered to be the heart of the home, carrying such significance in the minds of potential buyers should it be nice. You can improve the kitchen faucet set, install new cabinet door handles and also update old lighting. The lighting should highlight new modern energy-efficient fixtures, which are brighter. A simple kitchen facelift like this might cost only a few hundred dollars but could increase your asking price by many thousands.

For a larger budget, you can do a complete makeover of the cabinets. As a midway point, the co-author of “Build Your Own Home on a Shoestring”, Gwen Moran, advised home owners to hire refacing companies instead of buying all new cabinetry.

Another great alternative is to order replacement cabinet doors from dealers such as The Home Depot or Lowe’s Home Improvement and install them yourself. But this option is a viable alternative only if you are a relatively skilled DIYer.

2. Give Appliances a Facelift

Think of ordering new doors or face panels if your kitchen appliances don’t match. Persely, a renowned remodeler for various homes advises home owners to give their appliances a facelift. She received a great tip on how to do this by an appliance customer care representative regarding dishwasher panels being white on one side and black on the other. This saved her a good amount of money, as all she had to do was unscrew and slide the panel, and then flip it over to give it a whole new look. Just a simple act like that could increase a home’s resale price.

3. Shine Up the Bath

After clearing up the kitchen, focus should be put into the bathrooms. Without using a lot of cash, bathrooms can be improved to make the house get a significantly higher market value. Simple things such as a new toilet seat and a pedestal sink can be quite easy to install in order to give your bathroom a shiny new face. If you have an old discolored bathroom floor, you should replace it with vinyl tiles or just a small piece of sheet vinyl.

Re-grouting the tile and replacing any chipped tiles is a way of keeping your shower tub looking like new. You can opt for a complete cover-up which is a prefabricated tub and shower. Although this will require professional installation, these one-piece units are considered a cheaper option than re-tiling walls and refinishing a worn tub.

4. Show me the Light

How about putting an eye-catching chandelier in your dining and/or living room? This is an option that will kill the old boring recessed lights that do not work to improve value of your home.

There are really nice and inexpensive ceiling fixtures that can be purchased at home stores to boost the value of your home. Those who have ceiling fans and light should consider replacing fan blades to update the look.

5. Think about Curb Appeal

What the buyers see when they get in your compound is the most important element in determining the price of your home. Make sure you have a nicely mowed lawn, a swept walkway and well-placed shrubs clearly seen from the main entrance.

If you do not have a green thumb, you should hire a landscaper to install some new sod and make your front yard look absolutely pristine. The landscaper should also plant a few evergreen shrubs. Not only will these changes increase your home’s value by changing people’s perception about your home but it will also make your neighbors love you.

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