Ever heard the phrase, “Small hinges swing big doors?”
Well… The market value of your home is a very big door.
By performing a number of improvements to your house, you can boost your home value, often with dramatic gains compared to your investment.
In order to help you increase your home value in your favor, I’ve gathered together some of the best fix it guides and improvement hacks which give you the most bang for your time and investment buck.
If you are buying, know these simple fixes can quickly improve your new home’s value, and if you are selling, they will help make for a faster, higher dollar sale.
The added market value will serve you well when it comes time to sell, or choose to refinance–while you get to enjoy the better desirability and comfort of your efforts in the meantime.
Best Home Improvement Tips
24 Real Estate Experts Reveal Best Ways to Use of $5000 to Improve Home Values — Experts share the best way to increase your home value with $5000 detailed in the infographic above. Lighten and brighten your home with new paint, carpets, landscaping or bathroom / kitchen remodel, then be sure to get the best pictures possible to showcase your beautiful home. You’ve invested time and money to improve value, now show it off in its best light. [CoastalRealEstateGroup]
36 Clever Hacks To Increase Home Value With Less Than $5000 — Start with the exterior–then think paint, paint, paint. A fresh coat of paint on inside and out in neutral colors makes a big difference. Experts agree, new paint, inside and out should be prioritized before flooring, kitchen improvements, or laying new carpet. After a fresh paint consider landscaping or remodeling bathrooms and kitchen. [lifehack]
Brokers Reveal 10 Best Ways To Boost Home Value — Landscaping is one of the top 3 investments that provide the biggest return according to a 2007 survey via HomeGain. Overgrown shrubbery or trees is a turn off visually and depresses price perception. Before you show to potential buyers, do yourself a favor and turn your yard into a well manicured delight. [thisOldHouse]
Which Home Improvements Pay off? — According to Remodeling Magazine via HGTV, you are less likely to have your investment payoff in the case of a kitchen or bathroom remodel, as opposed to performing maintenance. In fact, siding replacement for example averaged 92.8% recoup of dollars invested. Replacing roofs and windows came after with an 80% recoup percentage for dollars spent. [HGTV]
5 Renos That Up Your Home Value — According to the folks at LearnVest, you are most likely to boost your resale value with a kitchen renovation, followed by addressing the bathroom, going green, installing an automatic sprinkler system and then integrating speakers throughout the house. Renovation no-no’s revealed: don’t even think about putting in a pool if you want a return on your investment. [LearnVest]
10 Cheap Ways To Increase Home Value — According to the folks at LearnVest, you are most likely to boost your resale value with a kitchen renovation, followed by addressing the bathroom, going green, installing an automatic sprinkler system and then integrating speakers throughout the house. Renovation no-no’s revealed: don’t even think about putting in a pool if you want a return on your investment. [Forbes]
Top 5 Ways To Boost the Value of Your Home — DIY, clearing out and cleaning up your stuff can provide up to 5% return with just sweat investment according to ConsumerReports, while selective painting and sprucing up your Kitchen and bathroom though requiring a $1000-$5000 cost can provide a 3-7% return. [ConsumerReports]
10 Investments To Boost Your Home’s Market Value — A front yard makeover to improve curb appeal goes along way. Additionally, the kitchen is still king, according to Matt with DIYnetwork. Pay close attention to the kitchen triangle when renovating–the space between sink, stovetop and dishwasher. How efficient you make it when working in the kitchen can have a huge impact. [DIYNetwork]
Landscaping Changes That Impact Property Value — Landscape design sophistication should be considered, plant size and maturity, and outdoor seating areas. Additionally, landscaping that is apparent to a buyer that has been maintained over a long period gives the impression that other areas of the home were similarly well maintained. According to one realtor, every yard should feature at least one patch of lawn. [Boston Real Estate]
New Front Doors Change Everything – 4 Entryway Makeovers — Check out these entryway makeover before and afters, you can literally feel the difference in impact. Consider a makeover of your entryway, often ignored, besides curb appeal its the first impression your home gives to your potential buyers and sets the mood for the visit for good or bad. Replacing a dull front door with something more elegant is a cheap way to transform the experience of a buyer. [BobVila]
10 Cheap Fixes to Boost Your Home Value — Simple and direct list with suggestions like giving your appliances a facelift and cheap fix options like replacing toilet seats and pedestal upgrades to increase the perception of value for resale. Out with anything dingy and dirty, organize, add space, increase light fix what needs fixing to see what you can ask for your home skyrocket. [BankRate]
7 High Value Home Improvement Ideas — Check out their energy efficiency upgrade suggestions, and showcase how your high-efficiency insulation and other updates can save the buyer. Additional tips on the best ways to approach adding a outdoor deck, in order to reduce the cost of building it while still reaping the upwards of 65%-90% investment recouperation in home home value from its successful completion. [MoneyCrashers]
Real Homeowner’s Sharing Their Tips To Boost Home Values
There are a number of high impact low cost things you can do to improve the value of your home, make it ready for a speedy and profitable resale, or simply make a nicer house for your own enjoyment.
You don’t have to do a $25k deluxe remodel on your kitchen then hope and pray you recoup your investment. In fact, the home value experts seem pretty unanimously against such an idea, as you have a number of other low cost fixes and improvements which result in more reliable value gains.
With the home improvement recommendations above, you can accomplish alot with $5000 and be reasonably sure to recoup not only your investment with a relatively predictable increase in home value—and you get a more gorgeous home to boot!