When you’re thinking of making a change, you may feel a rush of motivation to complete some projects around your home, especially after having spent more time at home over the past few months than likely ever before.
Those walls have never felt closer, right?
Maybe it’s time to switch up some interior décor, or put your months of staring at HGTV to use and plant some new grennery or flowers out front?
To help you maximize your time and effort look at these 5 simple upgrades you can do to increase your home value in Boston.
1. Curb Appeal
A quick way to get that property value up and turn some heads is to focus on outdoor improvements. This could literally be as simple as planting flowers or new perennial bushes.
A trip to the hardware store followed by a few hours of hard work on your landscaping can freshen things up. If you’re wanting to make a bigger commitment, consider installing a deck or updating your patio with new pavers.
You can even cash in on a growing trend by putting in a fire pit with a seating area (just be sure to check with your town on any rules and regulations regarding the proximity of a fire pit to a dwelling on your property).
Another way to tie your backyard together and make it your own little oasis is to install a privacy fence, which is also a helpful way to give your furry pal room to roam off-leash.
2. Make Needed Repairs
While updating your landscaping and patio can add some color and fun, redoing your siding or roof can provide benefits for years to come.
Consider replacing your gutters and investing in a gutter protection system to make them easier to maintain, and it can increase your home value. Or, one more thing that can help save you money year-round is putting in energy-efficient windows to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
While not the flashiest upgrade, having a professional inspect and repair your foundation can prevent you from running into larger issues that grow rapidly over time.
3. Remodel That Kitchen
If you’re looking to focus your hard-earned money on a specific area of their home, the kitchen will yield the greatest return on investment. Think about how much time you spend in your kitchen, and realize that dollars invested in kitchen upgrades will go far.
The biggest increases will come from purchasing stainless steel appliances or installing granite or quartz countertops. Updating any tiling around backsplashes can add both value and an aesthetic flourish.
If budget and time are a concern, you can always take on a smaller project, like updating cabinet fronts or fixtures.
4. Refresh Your Walls and Floors
If you’re still dealing with carpeting in the common living areas of your home, it may be time to consider changing things up and upgrading to hardwood flooring.
Besides the appeal, hardwood flooring is easier to clean, unlikely to stain, and much more durable than carpet. These benefits can help to increase your home value over time.
If you already have some hardwood floors but they’re looking a little sad, take the time to get them refinished and they will repay you home value dividends.
If the flooring is less of a concern, considering removing wallpaper and repainting in neutral tones. Or, add a brightly-colored accent wall. Whatever you can do to get your house in what you would consider a ready-to-sell state is going to result in increased value (and while the color of accent walls are very personal in nature, it’s worth adding some color to your life if it’s going to make you happier with your space, especially because paint colors are among the easiest home improvement items to change).
5. Utilize Technology
Over the last few years, smart devices in the home have become much more accepted and common.
Getting a smart thermostat can save energy year-round or keyless locks for convenience and improved security are easy, inexpensive improvements.
Home security equipment has really come into its own lately in both ease of installation, use, and affordability. Chances are likely that for less than $100 you could get yourself set up with an entirely adequate home security system between cameras, sensors, and smart doorbells with built-in cameras. These sophisticated pieces of equipment will send notifications to any compatible smartphone and keep you aware of the goings-on in and around your home.
The bonus of these upgrades is you can use them to market your property and increase your home value, giving you a leg up with potential buyers.
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