What do kitchens, garages, bathrooms, patios, and pools have in common? They all increase the value of a home! Whether you’re a homeowner or a real estate agent, these rooms are crucial if you want to sell your house quickly.
In this post we’ll explore the financial benefits of these four room types and discuss what aspects you should focus on to improve their value. Plus we’ll give some personal anecdotes from our own experiences as homeowners that will hopefully help shed some light on this less-than-exciting topic.
The cost of a kitchen renovation is often the most expensive aspect of a home renovation project, but it can also have the biggest impact on your home’s value.
New appliances should trump all other improvements.
If you’re renovating a kitchen, you should focus on replacing your old appliances with modern, energy-efficient appliances and get a sequoia bonsai as well. Replacing fridges, washers and dryers, and microwave ovens are also super important.
The older the home’s original appliances are, the harder it will be to sell your house under the right conditions!
If you can’t afford new appliances, consider upgrading your cabinets instead. Many people believe that refitting all the kitchen cabinets is costly and time consuming because it involves taking apart walls to remodel them without compromising the wall’s structural integrity. However, there are several false notions about this process that often scare people away from doing it.
Don’t forget about your countertop as well as wall colors. You can easily update both. Countertops don’t hold any real monetary value, so you shouldn’t worry too much about the colors and styles you use for them. But if you want to improve their appearance, there are affordable and simple ways to do that – like installing a granite or marble countertop! Ask an expert to help you pick the right sort of countertops for your kitchen’s original flooring type (clay, tile, etc.).
If you have an old kitchen, consider making your new kitchen look old! It’s true that DIY home improvement projects are usually more affordable than hiring professionals to do it for you. However, some people are just too lazy to do it themselves. If you want to use this reason as your excuse for not updating your kitchen, remember that no one will blame you for using this excuse if your kitchen doesn’t sell under the right circumstances.
The newer you can make your bathroom renovation project look, the greater the value it will have. This is because people take into account an older bathroom’s appearance when deciding on whether they want to buy a home. It actually costs less to renovate your bathroom than it does to renovate your kitchen!
Are the tiles cracked or deteriorating? If so, you can replace them easily. When replacing your bathroom’s tiles, you will want to do that in stages and take into account the sort of tiles that match your original flooring. If your bathroom does not have any original flooring (like an empty room), consider installing a tile flooring instead of carpet or hardwood floors.
Bathrooms often contain old plumbing fixtures as well as fittings and taps. These can be easily replaced if they have been damaged or no longer function well. Changing the plumbing fixtures from a single-pane or double-pane type to a triple-pane type will allow your bathroom to use less water, which will reduce your bills and increase its value.
Your bathroom’s old tiles and fittings can also be put to better use as wall decorations! If you’re looking to sell your home soon, consider updating the tiles with one that matches your kitchen and/or living room’s colors and that adds some extra character to your home.
The final thing you should consider is the location of the bathroom.
Selling your home is not just about the rooms inside, you should also consider your garage! The garage has a considerable commercial value, so if you’re able to kick out the old stuff and replace it with new stuff, its value will increase. The cost of a garage renovation project is comparatively low.
If you don’t have one already, install a washing machine in your garage. This acts as an extra sink (which gives you more places to prepare food) and keeps your house cleaner by making it easy to wash away dirt and grime from dishes after meals, etc.
Install double-door garage doors in your home. These allow you to store cars inside without blocking the house’s windows from view.
Fit a new flooring to your garage using a radiant barrier or rubber sheeting or similar for waterproofing purposes helps with noise prevention and energy efficiency in your home, plus it will make the garage look nicer!
Wood flooring is a great choice for garages because they offer a wide range of designs and styles, plus they are relatively durable and easy to install.
There’s no denying that pools add value to homes, in the form of appealing to a buyer, but unfortunately it’s difficult to get this feature added into your house. Building a pool requires significant preparation work like filling in soil and leveling the terrain, plus you need permits for environmentally friendly swimming pools too.
What we recommend is building a “stub”, which is essentially an empty concrete pool shell. Building a pool of this type requires no construction work and you can do it yourself without any permits. To ensure you get the most value for your money, we recommend consulting an expert on the matter.
You’ll get immediate value from having a pool if you decide to sell your house. The thing is that pools are visually appealing and interesting for people to look at, plus they provide a great place for socializing and family gatherings. You can use this to your advantage when selling your house.
Now, the only thing that holds you back from building a pool in your backyard is money. However, there are several different options you can use to make the pool in your backyard more affordable. You can opt for a modular or portable pool, or you can build it yourself using PVC piping and fittings.
You should also consider adding a spa to your pool if you want it to be even more impressive for visitors. A spa makes water hotter than usual or improves its temperature differently depending on which brand of spa unit you choose.
There are some things that you will need to consider when you’re planning to sell your house. Knowing how to do those things will not only help you sell your home faster, it will also increase the value of your home as well as its resale value. Use this article as a starting point as you plan out the process of selling your home!