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Home Upgrades that Add Value

Appleton Properties | August 8, 2017

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If you’re planning to boost your home’s value, one of the best strategies is to go for the most affordable upgrades that create a significant impact.

Here are a few helpful tips:

Create a plan

The best way to increase your home’s value is by creating a well-organized strategy for upgrades. You can get the best results if improvements are made intentionally, rather than on impulse.

Remember to go through your plan slowly, and avoid making hasty decisions. Make a list of updates and things you want to change, and don’t worry about details just yet – just put them all on a list. Once you’re satisfied, sort your list and arrange the items by cost, importance, and length of time it may take to complete.

Enhance curb appeal

One of the best ways to add value to your home is to spruce up its curb appeal. Head out the front door and take a look at your home from across the street. Does it look welcoming or appealing?

The key to boosting a home’s curb appeal is to try to get rid of the negative and highlight the positive. For example, if your big garage is the first thing a visitor may see, try to draw their attention to other features instead by painting your door in the nice bright shade or adding more flowers to your lush lawn.

Concentrate on your kitchen

Many real estate experts will be quick to tell you that the best upgrade that will fetch the most return is a home’s kitchen.

One of the greatest things about kitchen remodels is it doesn’t have to be expensive and time-consuming. You can go for a mini remodel by changing the paint or covering your cabinets in a faux-wood finish. If you have a bigger budget, stainless steel is definitely the way to go. You can opt to upgrade all of your appliances, or replace them as they wear out eventually.

Simple yet eye-catching upgrades such as a pot rack with new pots and pans can also work nicely.

Have your home inspected

If you’re planning to sell your home, hire a home inspector before you place your listing on the market. You don’t want to get into a situation wherein you’re close to landing a great deal only to have an inspector discover issues with your home.

Having your home inspected will reveal potential issues, allowing you to deal with them on your own terms and fix them before they turn into major headaches down the line.

In case you don’t plan on selling your home soon, getting an inspection also allows you to keep records which you can show to future buyers, giving them the impression your home has been well taken care of throughout the years.

Need more handy home improvement tips? Check out this page.

If you’re searching for the perfect home in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia or Boston, MA, get in touch with Appleton Properties Real Estate by calling 301-652-2707 or 202-888-4846 or send an email to info(at)appletonproperties(dotted)com