July 15th, 2016 5:24 AM by Jackie A. Graves, President
A clean, well-maintained home in tiptop condition will yield
maximum profit when it comes time to sell. However, you don’t have to shell
out the big bucks to make sure your house is in mint condition.
There are a number of upgrades you can do for under $1,000 that will impress
buyers and prompt strong offers. Whether you’re a condo owner in Seattle, WA, or prepping a home for sale in Charleston, SC, you have plenty of
ways to increase your home values with budget-minded, strategic upgrades.
Add a water filtration system
Installing a whole-house water filtration system is a serious game
changer. Additional filtering to remove pollutants
and chemicals from our
drinking water has become necessary in many cities across the U.S. However,
many homeowners have been dealing with the issue on their own, by either using
a clunky, refillable filtering pitcher or purchasing drinking water in
environmentally unfriendly plastic
bottles. Increase your home’s value and impress buyers with filtered water
directly from any faucet in the house — it’s pure luxury, and this amenity will
pay off now and in the future when it’s time to sell.
Install a programmable thermostat
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating
your home accounts for more than 40% of its total energy usage.
Programmable thermostats allow you to customize a temperature profile
throughout the day. Reducing the temperature inside your home by a degree or
two while you sleep can lead to huge savings on a monthly basis. And with
energy costs on the rise, many buyers will appreciate your forward thinking in
assisting them with long-term savings — especially if you put in a WiFi–enabled
thermostat that can be controlled by your smartphone or computer.
Add more grounded outlets, or upgrade the
outlets you have
If you live in an old house, chances are, two-prong-receptacle
outlets outnumber grounded, three-prong outlets in your home. Adding more
three-prong outlets is a small project that can greatly improve the
functionality of your home. It’s possible to retrofit a new three-prong or GFCI
receptacle into the two-prong outlet box without rewiring, as long as the box
itself is grounded. Or if you’re happy with the electrical structure you have
but are sick of looking at dingy tan switches, consider updating to new white
ones. You can even add fancy new outlets that have USB ports or timers to
Updating tired, worn fixtures will breathe new life into any
space. Give your bathroom and kitchen a critical look — could the drawer pulls
and cabinet handles use an update? If new kitchen cabinets are outside your
budget, new hardware is a simple way to update the room’s entire look and feel.
What about the faucets? A sleek new kitchen faucet with a sprayer combines
practicality with design and will be appreciated by buyers. Anticipating and tackling
these smaller projects will
have a big selling impact. And — bonus! — you can enjoy them in the meantime.
Replacing an old, cracked,
or outdated toilet can make a significant impact on your bathroom aesthetics.
Purchase a stylish new one for a few hundred dollars or take the
environmentally friendly route and opt for an almost-new secondhand toilet
(just be sure to buy a new seat). Re-purposed construction material outlets
offer a variety of well-priced goods.
You can see buyers hold their breath as they slowly pull back the
shower curtain, hoping for a sparkly new tub. Exceed their expectations for
just a few hundred dollars by re-glazing your existing bathtub. The process can
be accomplished in a day and will be ready to use in just a few days. Roll up
your sleeves for a DIY
weekend or call in the
professionals; either way, you’ll come in under budget.
Install a tile floor
A shiny new tile floor can breathe life into the darkest
bathrooms. They’re easy to clean, resist microbes and allergens, and wear well
in high-traffic areas, making them a perfect material for the bathroom.
Flooring liquidators typically sell a variety of quality tile, so start there.
If your bathroom is small, you can probably even splurge on some designer
options! Then save the rest of your budget for a professional installation.
new blinds or plantation shutters
Is your home still sporting aluminum blinds or old-school vertical
blinds? Consider replacing them: New window coverings can really modernize a
room. If your windows are a standard width, you can buy basic wood blinds at a
home improvement store (and most allow you to customize the length). If your
window size is irregular, you’ll have to special-order them. To add a truly
upscale look to a room, try plantation shutters — they can be a major selling
point with the next people to own your home.
the front door
The front entry is the focal point of your home’s
curb appeal. Give your home a face-lift and replace — or repaint —
the front door. With security and safety in mind, choose a door that will
appeal to a buyer’s practical side (and don’t forget to consider new hardware
too). Another way to add interest and style to your home is by adding color to make
your front door a statement.
Add a walkway
A new path leading to the front door can really elevate the look
of your home. While brick pavers add a traditional and classic look to the
exterior of your home, you can also choose stone, concrete, or even rocks —
just make sure the look of the pathway matches your home’s style. Regardless of
the material, a walkway is a welcoming feature, beckoning guests (and buyers!)
inside to have a look around.
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