July 16th, 2015 1:15 PM by Leonard Silvestri
They weren't kidding when they said a home is a long-term investment. You put down your down payment and paid up monthly on a mortgage and now it's time to sell. And just like any financial payback, it's always nice to walk away with a good return on investment. You don't need to invest thousands of thousands of dollars more to increase its value. A few simple tweaks can double your dollars with minimum effort.
Storage is valuable, especially in older homes. If you have space to spare, expand a closet or add a large wall unit wardrobe. In living rooms and kitchens a little shelving can go a long way to add value to your home and increase functionality.
Master bathrooms are much more partner friendly when there's a his and hers sink keeping couples from fighting for bathroom time in the morning. Adding another sink is a little more of an investment, but one well worth adding.
Get rid of your shower's old water damaged showerhead. Bring a touch of luxury to your bathroom with a rain showerhead. This simple upgrade instantly brings an effortless touch of sophistication to your bathroom.
Adding a porch to your home is a big project with a big payoff. A porch adds another living space to your home and can really up your home's curb appeal. The best part is that this is one project that can be budgeted according to your desires.
A kitchen island instantly adds cooking space to your place. It can be used as a food prep area during meal times and a decorative countertop when not. There are many options to choose from over at IKEA or customize one of your own.
Upgrade your kitchen walls with a brand new backsplash. A backsplash only looks expensive and can completely transform the feel of your kitchen.
First impressions are everything and nothing spells neglect more than dying flowers in the front yard. Give your green thumb some practice and replace wilting plants with their fresh and colorful counterparts.
Every home needs a facelift during the buying period and years of exposure has faded your exterior paint color. A fresh paint job and a fresh lawn pair together to make the first impression your home needs.
Your red accent wall may be one of your favorite features in the house, but might not be to taste with prospective buyers. When selling your home it's best to repaint interior walls a neutral color so potential home buyers will have an easier time picturing themselves there.
Crown molding along windows, doors and ceiling frames add instant luxury for a good cost. The weekend project is surprisingly easy to do and brings in the feel of instant class.
Just like in the bathroom, upgrading your kitchen faucet and appliances is another small project with big impact. Using metal appliances appeals to most and will completely transform the way you prepare food and wash dishes.
A home security system increases property value tenfold and well worth the investment. After all, you can't put a price on the feeling of safety.