Improve your Home’s Value with these 7 Smart Upgrades

Jan 24, 2024

Thinking of selling your home but you aren’t sure what things you should do to add value? Here at NWALook, we will share the most cost-effective ways to increase your home’s value that do not require a large budget. Let’s take a look at the NWALook’s Top 7…

1.) Fresh Paint, Fresh Appeal

Yes…the obvious. A fresh coat of paint! It goes beyond cleanliness, creating a brighter and more modern ambiance. Try out neutral colors for broad buyer appeal, ensuring a simple and seamless flow throughout your home. We recommend hiring experienced painters for an efficient and cost-effective makeover, typically ranging from $5000-6000 for an 1800 square-foot home.

2) Don’t Forget Landscaping

Make your home stand out with eye-catching Landscaping in the front yard. You don’t need a professional landscaper – simple changes like fresh mulch, flowers, trimmed trees, and a tidy pathway can make a significant difference. A power washer is an affordable investment for keeping your walkways fresh.

3) Upgrade that Lighting!

Ever been in a room where you can’t quite put your finger on why the mood isn’t what you really want? Upgrading your lighting fixtures can transform the look and feel of your home. Replacing outdated fixtures with modern ones can add value to your home, improve its functionality, and heighten the energy in any space. Don’t count out the importance of light bulbs! Ensuring all bulbs are color matched enhances the feel of a room, sets the mood for viewing, and even sends a subtle message about the “love” and maintenance the home has been given over time. Consider brighter lights when you have dark walls and soft white light when you have light-colored walls.

4) Kitchen and Bath Updates

Kitchens and baths are vital in terms of value and buyer perception. A complete remodel to improve these spaces is not necessary. Simple updates like painting cabinets, adding new light fixtures, and refreshing the backsplash can greatly impact. Consider cost-effective alternatives that replicate the look of natural materials.

5) Declutter and Depersonalize

Create a more spacious and appealing environment by decluttering and organizing your home. Follow the 80/20 rule to identify and remove the key clutter. Depersonalize by removing personal items and family photos. If you are struggling, feel overwhelmed, or just can’t imagine what could be removed, ask an honest friend whose home look or style you admire (and promise not to hold it against them) or hire a home organizer.

6.) Upgrade Your Hardware

Go through your home and take a look at your door knobs – REALLY look at them. Are they dated, old, or dirty? If so, consider replacing your door knobs with more modern handles. If your kitchen hardware shows the age of your home, then it’s also time for an update. Here at NWALook, we love things that age gracefully, but hardware doesn’t always meet this test!

7.) Faucet Facelift

Have you ever walked into a kitchen or bathroom and wondered how they wash their hands with a slow-running faucet due to the calcium build-up around it? It’s definitely time for an upgrade! Impress potential buyers with modern and functional fixtures that add value to your home.

At NWALook, we believe an investment of time and money can significantly increase your home’s value and appeal to potential buyers. We understand the challenges buyers face. Contact NWALook for local contractor recommendations!

Home Improvement Before and After Photos

Here are some links to get you started on your cost-effective updates!

Kitchen Sink Faucet

Bathroom Faucet

Here’s a set of 6 Door Handles

30 Cabinet Handles

Flush mounted lights

Bathroom Light Fixture

Kitchen Pendant Lights

Chandeliers