Before buying a new home, you probably need to make some improvements around your existing home to make it more attractive to potential buyers. That doesn’t mean you have to have a big budget or make any serious remodels, however. Here are some examples of simple and inexpensive ways to improve the value of your home, and the visual appeal to buyers.
- New doors
If you’ve never changed the front door of your home, that’s a great place to start. Your front door is one of the first parts of your home that potential buyers will see, and it can make a great first impression. While the look of the door is most important, you’ll also want to install one that is energy efficient. That will impressive buyers once the look of your home has drawn them in. Once your entry way is up to snuff, consider installing new doors on bedrooms and bathrooms around your home also. Some fancier doors, or even some new knobs, can make a significant visual improvement.
- Add light
Without making any other improvements to your home, improving the lighting immediately makes it seem more inviting and comfortable. This can be done with natural light, like making existing windows larger, adding a skylight, or just investing in some better drapes or curtains that let light in better. Or, you can add more lamps, and put nicer light bulbs in fixtures to brighten up certain areas.
- New floors
Your flooring has a significant impact on the value of your home, and it’s been known to scare away buyers. If you have old, stained carpet, or just an odd color of flooring, you’re making it much more difficult to sell your home. Most buyers would prefer to see nice wood floors, which they can then add their own personal touch to. Remember, you’re not decorating your home for you, so choose a fairly neutral color for any type of flooring that could appeal to anyone.
- Fresh paint
Similarly, bright colors or odd patterns on walls may be great for you, but they can limit the appeal of your home. Consider instead repainting with a neutral color. Even if your home is already fairly neutral, it’s a good idea to add a fresh coat of paint in high traffic areas. You’ll be surprised how much brighter and cleaner your walls will look, and potential buyers will take notice too.
- Go green
Most home buyers are interested in energy saving features that allow them to spend less of bills each month in their new home. You could install new windows, or new, Energy Star appliances, but you don’t even have to go to that expense. Small touches like re-caulking windows and door frames will help greatly in saving on energy costs. New insulation in the attic is also a good choice.
When you’re ready for your next new home, contact us at Perry Hood Properties. We build houses throughout Tulsa, Bixby and Broken Arrow, and can help you find one of our move-in ready homes, or help you build a custom home perfect for your family.