So you’re planning to move to a new house and of course, you want to sell your old house too. But, you also want to maximize your income from the sale. So how do you increase the value of your house?
One of the best things to do to increase the value of your house is by repairing it. You’d be surprised to see how simple and cheap repairs can increase the value of your house significantly. People who flip houses are aware of this, that’s why they always repair or renovate a house before selling it at a higher price.
Repainting the walls
A house that just got repainted can look brand new and much cleaner than before. The mood of the entire house will change just from a fresh coat of paint. If you think it’s too simple to be true, then you are wrong.
Repainting the walls is without a doubt one of the simplest and most cost-effective improvements that you can do. Freshly painted rooms look clean and new – and that means better value for the house.
Also keep in mind that since you’re planning to sell the house later, always choose neutral colors. Avoid strong and weird colors that can turn away buyers. Neutral colors are safe, and most people either love them or don’t care about them.
Shrubs and colorful plants can easily make your house look more appealing to people. But the problem is some shrubs and plants require a lot of maintenance to look good, and if you’re neglecting them for a bit, they will look much worse than usual.
The solution is by getting plants that are easy to maintain and native to your region. I am talking about drought-tolerant plants, and depending on certain circumstances, you may also need plants that don’t need much sunlight to survive.
These plants can survive without relying on you. You just need to water them occasionally, and they will do their own things to survive and look beautiful. That also means they’re cheaper in the long run.
Clean up the lawn
Let’s talk more about the front side of your house, the lawn. Overgrown patchy lawn, dead grass, and outsized bushes will cause your home to stand out in a negative way. People see this kind of lawn and think that the house is not worth it. Maybe because they think the house is not worth the price or they will have to pay a lot of money for repairs later.
The cheapest way to revitalize the lawn is by using fertilizers and grass seeds, and enough water for everything. If you want to take an easier route, you can hire a lawn service company to do it for you. At the very least, they can trim your lawn and shape your hedges.
Leaky faucets and plumbing
No one wants to be in a house with a leaky faucet and broken plumbing. Fixing all these problems won’t even cost you a lot of money so why not do it now? You can start by checking the chicken, sinks, backyard, lawn, and bathrooms. Make sure that no water is leaking from the faucets and fix everything that is broken.
Kitchen and bathroom upgrades
This is probably the most expensive repair on this list, but can still be very much worth the money. The thing is that many people value the kitchen and bathroom a lot, and considering how expensive these rooms can be, people are looking for the best value in them.
At the very least, make sure the bathroom and kitchen are in proper order. No dent, dirt, or broken things in them. Repaint the walls and replace everything that is outdated, such as sink, cupboard, stove, etc. If you think it’s worth it, you can replace the kitchen and/or bathroom completely. Aim for a more modern look, if possible, to attract more people.
Some repairs are not made equal. For people who want to sell their old house, simple repairs are the best to maximize profit without risking too much. All these tips above are relatively cheap, and you can easily adjust the expenses based on your budget.