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If you’re like most people, your home is the biggest financial investment you’ll ever make. Even small improvements to your home can equal big returns later when you are ready to sell.

Here are a few easy and (mostly) inexpensive ways to increase your home’s value and improve its marketability, whether you are looking to sell next week, next month or next year:

1. BathroomRemodeling is a great way to increase your home’s value, but chances are you do not have the time or money to remodel every room of your home. If you are going to remodel only one room in your house, the outdated bathroom is a good choice. And if you can’t completely remodel your bathroom, there are still small changes you can make on a small budget. Minor updates like getting new light fixtures, stripping old wallpaper and replacing your shower curtain can dramatically improve your bathroom’s overall appeal.

2. Go for Green. Energy efficiency is one thing that will never go out of style. Younger buyers are increasingly attracted to homes that are environmentally friendly and all buyers are intrigued by the prospect of low home energy bills. There are many ways to increase your home’s energy efficiency, including programmable thermostats and water-saving faucets.

If you aren’t planning to move for a while, you may want to plant a few tall trees in your yard. The shade provided by trees can actually decrease your home’s cooling costs by as much as 40% and can also help improve your home’s overall curb appeal. If you are in more of a hurry to sell, you can instantly improve your home’s energy efficiency by swapping your old windows for heat-trapping windows.

3. Kitchen. Right after your bathroom, your kitchen is the next most important room you can update. It is particularly important to make sure your cabinets look clean and polished, since they can strongly impact a buyer’s perception of the entire room. If you have a larger budget, consider replacing old cabinets with new ones. And if you are working on a smaller budget, a fresh coat of paint on your cabinets can make a world of difference.

4. Landscape. You’ve probably heard it before, but the curb appeal of your home is hugely important. If new buyers notice that your yard has been ignored, they may assume there are other aspects of your home that have been neglected. This might cause them to lose confidence in the value of your home.

5. Lighten Up. Good lighting in your home can make a big difference. It is especially important to invest in bright lights for smaller rooms in your home; bright lighting can make small rooms look more spacious. If you want to avoid a higher energy bill, a sun tube (a hole in your ceiling that funnels in natural light) can be a great way to brighten up a room without adding to your home energy costs.

Source:   Written by Stacey Waxman


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  1. lighting up is big.. in my opinion.. people do not want to come in and see a dark dingy place..

  2. I love these tips. I would put the kitchen before the bathroom…but I am a “Foodie” and I love to cook and eat. 🙂

  3. Having your kitchen done right is one of the most significant investments that you can make in your home. Great tips Jim!

  4. I like these. I think I have to work on the lighting in my house, because right now the chandeliers and fixtures I have cause the lighting to appear a bit dim. Thanks for these suggestions.

  5. It is very refreshing being at home,you feel comfortable moving around and have fun with the family..I must say that having a nice painted wall and enough lighting will give shine and good ambiance.

  6. I hear you Jim! I think these are some great ways to really increase your home’s value. I would also add that keeping your systems and the home itself well maintained will definitely add to the value

  7. I agree with Robert…Lighting is a huge key and curb appeal. You don’t have to spend a lot of money and sometimes just cleaning out the weeds helps.

  8. Wow! These are great tips! I would love a new bathroom and kitchen!

  9. I really want to remodel our bathroom. First off it is small, needs a new bathtub…just a new everything! Thanks for the tips!

  10. Well said, I couldn’t agree more with those five tips

  11. On Saturday we went to visit a house. Something sellers should keep in mind is that non-smokers will get put off by a house that smells like cigarette. I haven’t come across any post related to that.

  12. This is great advice, when we purchased our home we were suckers for the upgraded bathrooms and kitchen

  13. Irene

    All of those tips are great. I think remodling the bathrooms and going green are the 2 big ones. I am working on both!

  14. As an interior designer I totally agree with your top 5 tips … you would be surprised how many people when househunting cannot see beyond your taste and clutter. Go for a neutral and minimal as possible and get your clutter packed away and in the loft or garage ready for your move. xxx

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