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8 Ways to increase your home value this year

Thursday, June 3rd, 2021 by Team Arrow


We all want to get the most out of our homes, whether we’re planning on selling in the immediate future or getting organized for years to come.

If you’re looking to work your way up the property ladder to your dream home, first you need to look at maximizing the value of your current home.

And so! Here are 8 ways to increase your home’s value this year.

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1. Spruce up your kitchen

Kitchens are often the focus for many buyers. If your home’s kitchen is a little outdated, a potential buyer could be put off at the thought of needing to spend money on their new home right away. It comes as no surprise that some 65% of homeowners look to renovate their kitchen before selling.

While the thought of sprucing up your kitchen with a complete remodel may be a little scary on your bank balance, there are plenty of ways to keep costs low.

For those on a relatively small budget, you can look at painting your existing units or replacing cupboard handles or doors - making for a great kitchen refresh, without breaking the bank.

Keeping your kitchen clutter-free, airy and light can make a huge difference in itself to the feel of your kitchen space.

 

2. Remodel your bathroom 

Much like your kitchen space, value can quickly be added to your home with a bathroom remodel. If your bathroom feels a little tired, re-grouting, replacing taps and keeping a neutral, hygienic look throughout will add bundles of value.

If you currently have a shower curtain, either replace it with a new one or opt for a glass screen to keep your bathroom looking clean. Avoid any busy-looking or dark tones in your bathroom, as these can make the space feel a lot smaller.

It comes as no surprise that homeowners look to their kitchens and bathrooms for a full update when it comes to selling their homes!

 

3. Freshen up your interior design

As much as we’re told to not judge a book by its cover, when we view a house we can’t help but soak up the interior design!

Whether it’s applying a fresh lick of paint or updating wallpaper, first impressions count when it comes to selling your home. Redecorating is the most popular home improvement around, and it doesn’t have to be super costly, either.

Doing some general maintenance to your home is very low cost, and can help prevent issues in the future when otherwise left unkept. These small problems or outdated features can quickly translate into a home not appeared cared for by buyers, potentially losing your property money.

Take a look at your current space and work out simple improvements that can be made. Whether it’s upgrading your lighting, rearranging your furniture for more space or taking care of squeaky floors, doors or stairs.

 

4. Keep your garden maintained

A wild-looking garden can have a huge impact on how viewers interpret your home. An attractive, tidy and well-designed garden space can add a huge amount of value to your property when it comes to selling up. 

Maintaining pathways and cutting back any overgrown bushes can help potential buyers envision the many opportunities for relaxing and entertaining outside! Your garden should create extra space, a somewhat extension of your home, rather than an overgrown burden. 

If space allows, consider adding decking to your garden, giving buyers a sense of extra usable living space - while allowing you to make great use of it in the meantime!

 

5. Upgrade your roof

Your roof and guttering play a crucial part in keeping your home safe against the elements. While upgrading your roof is most certainly an investment, you’ll reap the long-term benefits, especially when it comes to selling your property.

Ensuring that your roof is working to protect your home correctly will also give you more control over your heating bills, saving both you and potential buyers money in the long run.

Of course, deciding to replace or upgrade your current roof is a big decision, and is not one to be taken lightly! 

 

6. Double glaze your windows

Nobody wants to hear the hustle and bustle of nearby traffic! But of course, you can’t help where your home is situated, but you can help keep the noise out with double glazing.

If your home is currently single glazed, it could have a huge impact on the value of your property when it comes to selling. Double glazing your windows will not only help prevent outside noise from getting in, but it will also help stop your heat from getting out - keeping your warm nice and toasty indoors! Not only will you save money on your heating bills, but your home’s value will benefit from double glazing too.

 

7. Convert your attic or basement

An incredibly popular project at the moment, converting your attic or basement quickly gains you a bundle of extra space, as well as extra cash when you choose to sell. 

Square footage has a huge impact on value if you’re looking to extend your home. However, utilizing the space you already have - such as a basement or attic - can allow you to get the most out of your property.

While extending and adding a room or two is an obvious route to making your house bigger, buyers will most certainly notice additional living space in an attic or basement. 

With many of us working from home, buyers are keen to find properties that have the capability for a home office, without eating into its number of bedrooms. An attic conversion that creates an extra bedroom can add up to 15% to the value of your home, so it is well worth considering!

 

8. Add a garage or convert one

Depending on the location of your property, adding a garage can make a huge difference when parking is a little tricky in your area. If you already have an abundance of street, or off-street parking, why not contemplate converting your garage for further living space?

While some buyers will be giddy at the thought of extra rooms indoors, others will love the idea of a workshop-style garage - so it can totally depend on your home’s current space and your own lifestyle before selling!

Firstly, check out whether your garage is suitable for conversion and whether you may need planning permission. Before getting started, ensure it is structurally sound and meets all relevant building regulations! But when complete, an extra living space or garage parking can add a huge amount of value to your home this year.

 

Looking to add value to your home?

While you may want to complete some of these home improvements yourself with a relatively small budget, when it comes to conversions, roofing upgrades, bathroom redesigns and kitchen remodeling - Why not speak to the Arrow Renovation experts?

The Arrow Renovation experts can help you transform your home, maximizing your living space and preparing your property for selling.

We offer a variety of services that can help increase the value of your home, across Leawood, Prairie Village, Lansing, Olathe, Less Summit, Shawnee, Overland Park, Raymore, Kansas City, Lenexa and the nearby areas. Simply drop us a call at 1-913-703-3000 or contact us online to get started.

 

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