5 Tips for Increasing the Value of Your Southern California Home

With the housing market continuing to rise, now could be the perfect time to consider several ways to increase the value of your home. If you’re in the market to sell or simply want to enjoy a refreshed space, you’ll want to invest in projects that will not only improve its selling ability, but also increase the overall value of your home.

To help you with this, we’ve put together a list of tips and tricks that can get you results in no time!

How can you increase the value of your home?

1. UPGRADE YOUR WINDOWS AND DOORS

Freshen up your windows and doors adds value in triplicate. The first impression of your potential buyer has to be good, otherwise they won’t even ask to see the interior. New windows and doors are beautiful and help a home look well-maintained. A home with broken or undersized windows and doors can feel shabby and unkempt.

In addition to aesthetics, this upgrade adds to the safety and security of the home. Toughened safety glass, good exit windows and improved locks all play a part in your home improvement plan.

Finally, potential buyers do not have to take replacement costs into account. They can look at the home’s long-term investment without adding maintenance or upgrades to the current millwork.

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2. UPDATING LIGHTING AND WINDOW COVERING

While furniture usually doesn’t stay with the house, lighting fixtures and window treatments often do. Modernized lighting fixtures give the home an upgraded feel. Sufficient lighting makes a home feel welcoming and bright, and invites people in.

Window treatments may seem like a minor upgrade, but they can add aesthetic value. While they can be opened to display an expansive view, they also provide privacy when needed. They also help block heat transfer, something we think can add value here in Southern California.

In addition, window coverings are the finishing touch of a room. They can make a house ready to move in and immediately give a feeling of cosiness.

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3. AESTHETIC IMPROVEMENTS

Paint – If your paint is peeling, faded, or stained, you’ll want to grab a few cans of paint and clean up. New color in a room makes it feel fresh, clean and well-maintained.

Floors – As with paint, a new floor makes a room feel fresh and well-maintained. If the floor is suitable, there’s no reason not to just clean it up or do some light maintenance to get it looking good again. If you have tile floors, it’s relatively easy to replace the grout, which clears up the entire space. Hardwoods often just need to be refinished, which is a big job but not as daunting or expensive as completely replacing the floors. And sometimes they just need a good scrub. Break out the elbow grease and get to work. It will be worth it!

Clean – Is your house full of clutter, or does it look just a bit too “worn through”? Grab some bins and get rid of anything you can live without in the near future. Of course, you don’t know how long you’ll be living in a house that’s for sale, so keep that in mind, but clearing out your house allows potential buyers to see themselves instead.

When you’re done cleaning up, clean, clean, clean. You can’t have a house that’s too clean to display, but anything that hasn’t been redone will stand out. Sometimes it’s easier and more effective to hire professional cleaners who know how to get into every nook and cranny and make sure everything is clean to your standards.

4. LANDSCAPE UPDATE

Is your patio tired, or are your flowerbeds full of weeds? It’s time to clean that up too!

Again, curb is one of the first things a person sees when they are driving. If the flower beds are well maintained and the porch looks inviting, show studies that you get more qualified impressions. Make sure the patio is clean, stain your patio if needed, mow the lawn and add fresh pops of color to the flower beds.

5. OUTDOOR LIGHTS

Outdoor lighting not only adds a nice atmosphere to a space, it also provides safety features that will appeal to future homeowners. With the right lighting, you can see all points from your garden to your home, which discourages intruders.

There are many things you can do to increase the value of your home, and we’ve covered just a few here as an excellent place to start. If you are interested in replacing your windows and doors in your current home, please contact us. We are happy to help you improve the resale value, safety and beauty of your home.

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