Not all renovations done to a house add enough value to make them worth it if the plan is to sell the property. There are many home renos that are value added improvements to a house. The following is a list of home renovations and improvements that when done can help improve the value of your house. Beth and Ryan recommend shopping at your local Home Hardware location to support a local franchisee!

Fresh Paint

Repainting your home can be a relatively inexpensive way to help freshen up each room. Cheerful, brighter colors reflect more ambient light, and this is especially important in small rooms like guest bathrooms and space-challenged bedrooms. Be careful of deep shades that darken the home.

Good Kitchen & Bathroom Renovations

The kitchen and bathroom are the two most important parts of a house. Any upgrades done to these rooms will help with the sale of your house. However, this doesn’t mean you need to do complete overhauls of these rooms before selling. There are many smaller and less expensive improvements that can be done to help modernize your kitchen and bathroom.

Countertops are highly visible. So if you opt for any kind of expensive rip-and-replace work within the kitchen or bathroom, the countertops are a good bet. Just keep in mind that countertops are a very personal choice. Just because you love the look and feel of granite doesn’t mean most of your potential buyers will agree. This means that you shouldn’t spend a great deal on a new countertop with the assumption that it will be a universally valued feature.

Replacing your cabinets can be a very expensive home renovation. This can easily eat up any potential profit you might realize from you home sale. Unless you cabinet are in terrible condition, the better option that will return more value is to paint your cabinets or even reface them.

New cabinet fixtures and hardware are surprisingly effective as kitchen and bathroom upgrades. There are a lot of great options at your local Home Hardware. Do not assume that replacing kitchen and bathroom hardware is going to be cheap, though. Replacing all of your hardware can easily run into hundreds of dollars. On the upside, new fixtures and hardware are an easy do-it-yourself project that you can take on, even if you are in a time crunch. You can replace your kitchen and bathroom hardware in a few hours. New hardware can help modernize older cabinets.

Improve your Landscaping

Curb appeal is a huge factor for buyer. Great landscaping can be create an impressive first impression. This is not something that requires a large amount of money to improve. Simply spending a little time in the yard can make a huge difference. Examples include:

  • Adding color with annuals, seasonal flowering shrubs, or perennials from your local Home Hardware
  • Removing weeds from your yard, watering it, applying fertilizer, and aerating it.  This will also help in getting the yard as green as possible
  • Mowing the lawn on a regular basis
  • Planting a few deciduous trees such as the tulip tree, dogwood, and red oak (roughly 15 feet tall)
  • Edge and mulch the lawn to create a neat and attractive appearance

Upgrade the Lighting

Another simple home renovations to help increase the value of your home is to upgrade the lighting. Upgrading any dated light fixtures and ceiling fans will help modernize your house and help it show better during viewings. In rooms like the dining and living room, where a chandelier or pendant light can be quite prominent, consider how a different light fixture could improve the space. Visit the lighting section at Home Hardware for ideas!

Home Renovations Before and After

There are many different home renovations and improvements that can be done to your house before selling to help increase the value of your home. The most important thing is to ensure they are value added renovations. There is no point in spending money on your home that you will not get back when sold.

As always, Beth and Ryan are here to answer any questions you might have regarding which home renovations you should do before selling your house. Reach out to them anytime!