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Seven Simple Ways to Increase Your Home's Value

Whether your home is in fantastic condition or has a few repairs that need to be done, all homeowners view their homes as a work in progress, always looking for ways to improve it and add value to it. This is especially on the minds of any homeowners who are about to consider selling their homes. If you’re about to put your home on the market, here are seven simple improvements that Forbes recommends making to easily make to raise your home’s worth.

Programmable Thermostat

Adding a programmable thermostat to your home allows you or the future owner to program the temperature settings throughout the day, saving money on your home’s energy bills. This feature is a key selling point for many homes – it shows that your home can operate efficiently at any time of day and help the new owners be as cost-effective as possible about their gas and electricity usage.

Upgrade Your Outlets

Two-prong outlets aren’t cutting it anymore, although many older homes still feature these connections prominently. If your home is filled with them, invest the time and money into upgrading your electrical service and outlets to three-prongs. Many modern devices require three-pronged outlets, and ensuring that they are conveniently available all throughout your home is a benefit not only to you but also your guests and any prospective buyers.

Update Fixtures

Don’t keep fixtures in your home that look worn out and beat up. Vintage looks are great and a popular selling point – but only if they are in good condition. Go through and replace any fixtures in your kitchen and bathroom that may be worn or too outdated to have a real value, and check out major features like the kitchen sink or bathtub that can give rooms a brand-new, refreshed look.

Replace Your Toilet

Doing this can add instant value to your home. This may seem like an odd upgrade, but think about it – who wants to use a bathroom with an old or cracked toilet? The answer is simple: no one. Toilets are surprisingly affordable, and adding a new fixture – especially if installed at the same time as a new bathroom vanity or tub – can give your lavatory space a fresh new look and appeal.

Install a Tile Floor

A brand-new tile floor is a great addition to any home. Tile flooring is easy to clean and wears well in high-usage areas like kitchens and bathrooms. Spilled pots and pans, excess water from the shower and other common incidents that occur in these spaces can easily be handled by tile, making it an ideal choice. Plus, in a small kitchen area or bathroom, fewer tiles are needed, in turn making the installation more affordable.

New Blinds/Plantation Shutters

A change up in blinds can help give a room a great new look. It seems like a very simple change, but adding a new splash of color and style can make a huge difference in a room. New blinds can allow in more light or provide more comfortable shade or privacy – all of which can really make a room more appealing. If your home offers comfortable and attractive spaces, that’s sure to be a huge draw for any potential buyers.

Add a Walkway

Do you have an outdoor entertaining area that you frequently use? Maybe you lack a formal walkway from the driveway to your front door? Installing a simple walkway with paver stones is another affordable way to add curb appeal and make your home feel more welcoming. Beyond adding good looks, a new walkway adds convenience for yourself and a prospective future owner. Just make sure whatever style of stone or material that you use matches your home’s existing décor and helps enhance your property’s overall aesthetics.

Home upgrades really make you feel like your home is worth more, and at Berkshire Property Agents, we can help you get what you deserve for your home. Located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, we help connect sellers with motivated buyers looking for homes just like yours. We also can help you with your property search and find a beautiful property for you and your family in the Berkshires. For more information on our services, give us a call today at 413-528-6800!

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