Your Home's Value - 10 Quick, Easy and Inexpensive Ways To Increase It

If you're thinking about selling your home in the near future, you should start looking at it through the eyes of a buyer. Word of warning... They're critical - of everything. 

Your home is now a commodity. It's hard, but you have to separate your emotions from the property. Then think of what a buyer wants to see and not see. Here are 10 great places to start. Oh, FYI when you book your Free Home Valuation, we can help you with some pointers - it is our job to get your house sold for top dollar...

1. Slap a coat of paint on it

A fresh coat of paint is a quick and inexpensive way to refresh your home and increase it's selling value. Most Real Estate Agents recommend choosing neutral tones.

Lighter colours will also make a room look bigger, especially if there's an abundance of light available.

You'll want to avoid choosing dark or unusual colours. Dark colours tend to make a room look smaller while unusual colours can turn a buyer off of the home completely if they don't like it.

2. Frightening Fixtures

Does your home have one of these awesome light fixtures circa 1980? Gross! Rip it out.

Replacing outdated fixtures, drawer pulls, wall outlets, door knobs, etc. in the kitchen and bathroom is a great way to update the look of those rooms without spending thousands on a full remodel.

Kitchens and Bathrooms are the rooms that sell the house, make them shine.

3. Light Temperature

The quality and temperature of the light in your home is very important. If you're still using old tungsten bulbs with that warm yellow light it's a great idea to upgrade to some more modern CFL bulbs in a natural colour range.

Temperatures anywhere in the 4000-6500 Kelvin range is fairly neutral and will update the look of the room. CFL bulbs are also much more energy-efficient than the old bulbs.

If you want to take it a step further you can hire a qualified electrician to install more light fixtures in darker rooms and update existing fixtures to more modern pieces. 

4. Ceilings

What do you see when you look up? Do you see a smooth, even ceiling? Or do you see lots of texture?

Did you know that popcorn ceilings (also known as stucco ceilings) went out of fashion prior to 1980? There few details that date a house more than popcorn ceilings.

This is a project that you can tackle on your own! First, visit your local hardware store for a solution to soften the texture, then simply scrape the popcorn away. Removing a popcorn ceiling may not seem like a big change but it goes a long way to modernizing a home. 

**IMPORTANT** Many popcorn ceilings were made using asbestos before it was banned in 1978. Even then, many homes were still built with these ceilings using asbestos into the early 1980's. You will want to have your ceiling tested by professionals prior to tackling this project yourself.

5. Plants

Adding plants is another great way to add value to your home. Potted plants inside your home speak to a homeowner that cared for their home while outdoor plants add colour and interest to the exterior. If you aren't the gardening type potted plants and flowers are a great option.

6. Garden

Do you have a tired looking garden that you're not prepared to rejuvenate? Fresh bark mulch is the answer!

7. Power Washing

Power washing exterior features is a great way to clean and brighten the exterior of the home.

Driveways, walkways, stone features, brickwork, and exterior siding can all benefit from a good cleaning. You can rent a machine locally or have a professional come in and do it for you.

8. Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor illumination is one way to add a touch of elegance to the exterior of your home. Most home showings happen during the day but prospective buyers can drive by any time and you'll want to make sure the exterior is just as attractive as the interior.

You can do this by adding lighting along pathways and porch entrances as well as above garage doors. Solar powered lights are one easy to maintain option. You can also opt for lights on a timer or motion sensor for added security.

9. Moulding

Replacing outdated moulding around your interior doors & windows is another great way to update and modernize your home.

Moulding isn't expensive and if you have the correct measurements you can often have it cut to the proper length and angles in store. From there it's just a matter of removing the old pieces and installing the new.

This small touch will add quite a bit of resale value to an older home.

10. Mend your fences

Good fences make good neighbours... But is your fence in good shape? Take a walk around your property line and ensure that all fencing is in good condition, repair any spots that aren't, and give it a fresh coat of paint.


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