Owning a home is one of the best wealth builders for you and your family, and it’s one of the most important investments you will ever make. A home is also an investment where you can take steps to make it more valuable.
Increasing the value of your home doesn’t have to involve a large, expensive renovation project—although if your kitchen looks like a 1970s time capsule, it might be a good idea. A few simple tricks, a fresh coat or two of paint, and you have a lot more equity in the bank.
Here are 5 ways to make your home appear more expensive.
Reuse that Spare Bedroom
Many of us watch our kids grow up, go to college, or move. Or like so many youths before them, a siren song from the basement or attic calls out to them. Whatever the reason, we found ourselves with a spare room.
Don’t use it for storage or leave it empty. Make it something useful and interesting. There are thousands of ideas to get inspiration from online. One good option is to make it a home office. With the rise of telecommuting, homes with offices can be attractive to potential buyers and appraisers.
All it takes to turn even the most childish looking bedroom into an office is neutral paint and better lighting. Bring a desk, a swivel chair, and hang your awards and diplomas on the wall and you’re all set.
New Paint On Walls
It doesn’t matter whether you have children or pets, or not; the walls of the house are banged, smudged, and stained. Plus, the colors that were popular when you first moved in now make the room look dated. A few new coats will fix it.
This is another quick and easy project that can be done over a weekend or two—depending on how many walls need fresh paint. It’s a great way to breathe new life into your home with minimal effort and money.
Never underestimate the power of a good rug. The right ones can make a nice-looking, well-decorated room look like something from a royal palace. While Persian and Oriental rugs have a distinctive look, they come in a staggering array of styles and colors. Finding one that fits a room together perfectly is easier than you think.
One of the best things about a Peshawar Zieglar Persian rug is that it will never go out of style. They will always be a beautiful and classy addition to any room. This can save you a lot of money in the long run by not having to replace those trendy or seasonal patterned rugs that are a must-have every few years.
Plant a Tree or Two
This one may not add many dollar signs to your home’s value right out of the gate, but the more time that passes, the more value trees it creates. Plus, it’s one of the simplest and easiest fixes any homeowner can make over the weekend, or even as something super quick after a long day at the office.
Mature trees and landscaping adds elevated curb appeal to the home, and just makes things more aesthetically pleasing in general. Good shade trees can also save you money. Trees that are close enough to the house to block the summer sun can lower cooling costs by up to forty percent.
Thorough Professional Cleaning
This is a great idea for any homeowner, no matter how good a housekeeper they are. Every home will eventually get a bit of dirt and grime hidden in various nooks and crannies. Most of the time, the little things go unnoticed because we live there and see them every day. Nothing bad, but those little details would at least be noted on a subconscious level to the appraiser.
Spending a few dollars on a professional cleaner can add a lot of value to a home. However, make sure they’re professionals, and not some random person from Craigslist doing some light housework, for a few extra bucks. Professionals will clean everything using professional-grade equipment, including things like air conditioning/heating ducts and performing deep steam cleaning of carpets and rugs.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to spruce up your home and add (perceived) value. With this easy, relatively moderately priced upgrade, you can easily turn heads for either a dinner party of friends or an open house gig.