When looking to sell your house, be rest assured that there are all sorts of ways to get more money for your home. Here are several affordable, tested techniques that are taking over the market and attracting more potential buyers with higher offers for your home.
Innovative Insulation Improvements
Most homeowners only think about remodeling the surfaces that they can see, and you can hardly blame them — it is easy to forget about what lies in the walls. Yet, insulation can be a strong selling point to potential buyers, particularly if you emphasize your newly-remodeled material. It’s like selling a car with a new air filter or new transition fluid; just another thing to entice the buyer and make their used purchase feel new. Insulation improvements are a great way to make your home more energy-efficient, as it can make temperatures more stable and reduce incoming hot or cold air. This lessens the need for constant use of the heater in winter, or air conditioning in summer, saving money on energy bills. By improving your insulation with innovative polyiso insulation sheets or computer-assisted air duct cleaning, you have a compelling selling point for potential buyers, which definitely makes this internal upgrade something to consider.
Wood has come into style lately as a fantastic way to add some natural, earthy energy to homes. With hardwood, already a much-loved flooring material, you can accomplish two purposes at once. Hardwood comes in all sorts of wood types, including walnut, maple, oak, birch, cherry, and many more. Furthermore, there is a range of color as well, such as light, medium, and grey wood flooring. There is even the option of getting cheaper engineered hardwood, instead of the more expensive real thing. Thankfully, hardwood is fairly affordable, and as an investment it is often worth it. Potential buyers like the natural look, and hardwood floors are seen as refined and sophisticated. In the end, if hardwood floors are not reflective of your style, there are more ways to add natural wood accents to your kitchen design.
Energy Efficiency is Key
Making homes energy-efficient is all the rage right now, leaving you with the ability to use this trend to your advantage. There are several ways to cut down the energy bill through remodeling, including insulation improvements (mentioned above), soffit, solar installations. A ‘soffit’ is the exposed material found underneath a roof’s overhang. The material is very useful for ventilation, as it prevents heat from building up in attic spaces, which in turn keeps your house cooler and lessens the need for air conditioning. Interweaving a few solar panel shingles into your roof will also help slash your electricity bill while boosting your property value. They are becoming more affordable as demand and competition increase and they blend right in with already-existing roofing. An energy-efficient roof means future homeowners will spend less money on electricity bills and recurring expenses, thus boosting the listing price.
Get Creative With Curb Appeal
‘Curb appeal’ is the way your house is seen from the street. As this is often the first thing potential buyers see, you want to ensure that your home looks the best it possibly can on the exterior. If this means doing a simple thing like planting a small tree or cleaning up the lawn, go for it. Furthermore, even if your home requires a more expensive remodel — perhaps an exterior repainting, or a new roof — the investment is often worth it in the long run. Boosting your home’s curb appeal is a great way to increase your property value.
Install Quartz Countertops
New countertops are a great way to revitalize an old, dated kitchen. Although there are a lot of great countertop options, quartz countertops are one of the best. Installing quartz in your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room countertops means your home has a durable, attractive, and consistent material that most prospective buyers are looking for. Quartz is a very contemporary-looking material, which is great for modern kitchens. However, if the rest of your kitchen does not match that look, then consider another solution — solid surface textures come in an unlimited variety of styles and colors. Thankfully, even with all the pluses, quartz countertops are comparable in price to other high-end counter materials, such as marble, granite, or slate. Definitely make sure to consider upgrading your counters as you plan your remodels.
Mandy Lee is a contributor to Innovative Building Materials. She is a blogger and a content writer for the building materials industry. Mandy is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that increase property value, maximize energy savings, and turn houses into homes.