Christmas time has come and gone. Over the next few days, you will likely be taking down your holiday decorations and making room for the new presents and toys. Many of us will take this time to notice things around the house that could use some improving. Whether it is your goal to sell your home in 2018, or maybe a few years down the road, this list of home improvements will help increase your home’s value and help you love the home you live in.
- Paint: whether you paint the inside or the outside of your home, keep in mind that neutral colors appeal to the masses. If you’re up for doing the job yourself, you will save even more on your return on investment.
- Updating the kitchen: analyze your current situation. Do you need new appliances, flooring, countertops, sink and cabinets? What can you fit into your budget? Painting the cabinets and installing new granite countertops are sure to get you that “new kitchen look.” For a much easier and less-expensive fix, install new hardware on your cabinets or add a backsplash.
- Declutter: remove items that aren’t used on a regularly basis. Clean and organize your closets and pantry. Being able to find things quickly will eliminate unwanted stress from your life. Keep things simple and neat and buyers will be able to picture their own things in your space.
- Update your landscaping: keeping bushes and shrubs maintained and trimmed down, not only looks better, but can also let more sunlight into your home. Your front yard is the first impression potential buyers have of your home, so make it a priority to maintain (or update) your landscaping come springtime.
- Replace doors: garage door, front door, screen doors. Updating the exterior doors of the home will give you major curb appeal points. Another less-expensive option is a nice coat of paint and new hardware.
You don’t need to have a massive budget to make big changes to your home. Start by setting small goals with projects that you can take on yourself. Give yourself time to complete them and then sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor. Whether you choose to sell in the spring, or settle in for the long run, your time and efforts will payoff.