As a mother, you have probably considered making improvements to your home – especially if you plan to sell. Whether it is to make it more livable for your family or to improve the overall design, even small modifications can add up. A home is an investment that, under normal circumstances, should increase in value. Of course, you must maintain the home and keep it updated with current design trends. In addition, selling a home can take a long time. If you don’t get any inquiries, you quickly start to wonder why. Instead of putting yourself in a vulnerable position, make your home a buyer’s dream come true with these tips.
Inspect your home
Sometimes, making updates means fixing roofs, eliminating termites and installing modern electrical systems. The home needs to look nice, but it also needs to be functional. If you don’t have the time, hire an inspector to look for things that aren’t easily seen. I have no experience with electrical issues. So, for me, I would hire an inspector.
Moreover, you could find underlying problems that will affect the overall value of your home. Imagine a small leak exploding into a large one, causing massive water damage. It pays off to catch things before they become problems too expensive to handle. If you keep putting off repairs, they will get much more expensive.
Refresh your rooms with new paint
One of the most affordable and easiest methods of increasing the value of your home is by painting. You can do this yourself or hire someone. Newly painted rooms look clean and modern. I like to get my kids involved.
Plus, home buyers expect a home to look like new–even if it isn’t. When a gallon of paint costs around $25, you really don’t have an excuse to procrastinate. A few gallons can help your home sell more quickly, but also, increase its value.
Have a media centre
Families meet in the entertainment room. This is where they watch their favourite dramas, sci-fi, comedies and more. Apart from the kitchen, the media room is the heart of the home. It’s where people share laughter and anticipation. In this day and age, a home without a media centre is a bit off-putting. Potential buyers will wonder what they will do for fun inside the home.
Look for inspiration
Pore through design magazines, TV shows, websites, apps and books for new ideas. Print out your favourites, and start your to-do list. You won’t have all of the exact items, but with the variety furniture stores have today, it’s very easy to recreate a similar look.
Plus, if you shop for clearance items – and at thrift stores, and flea markets – it won’t cost you an arm and a leg either. I consider flea market and thrift store shopping an adventure – you never know what sorts of treasures await you. Not to mention, various superstores carry their own affordable lines that are usually on trend.
Plant a tree
A home with shade trees is much more desirable simply for the aesthetic and potential for energy savings. Placing a tree in the right position can cut your cooling costs by as much as 40 percent. Furthermore, trees make a home feel much more livable and natural.
Even in the cities, buyers want foliage. Plus, kids love trees!
Based on your budget, home improvements can be small or large. What’s most important is that your hope appeals to your target buyer, and at the price range you desire.