One of the most enjoyable games to play is, “What would you do if you won the lottery?” There are plenty of exciting answers, like buying a shark tank, traveling the world for six months or turning one room of your house into a room filled with trampolines.
Then there are the boring but practical answers like investing in a hedge fund or buying land and property.
Those that buy property are often looking to flip that property later. Even if you’re living in your own home now, chances are you won’t be living in that home for a very long time.
Eventually, you’re going to want to sell the house and hopefully get more money for it that what you originally paid. The house, in all likelihood, will increase in value over time but there are plenty of other, easy steps you can take to increase your home’s value.
Plant Some Trees
Planting trees is not only incredibly beneficial for the environment, but it’s also an added bonus to your home’s value. In fact, some estimates say that your home’s value could increase by seven percent with garden maintenance and tree planting. So, you can easily call it a win-win.
It will also help you save on energy costs. Plant the tree near a window to provide some shade during the summer months, meaning you won’t have to blast the AC on high the entire time.
Be Smart About It
With technology becoming more and more ingrained in our daily lives, it was only a matter of time before smart homes became as widely used as smart phones are now. Adding some smart features in your house will help you increase the property value almost overnight.
If you’re not sure where to start, the easiest place is a smart thermostat. These thermostats regulate your house’s temperatures, meaning you won’t be expending energy or your precious dollars to keep your house cool or warm.
The majority of smart systems are easy to install and require just half of a day’s work.
Add a Deck
While it may not be an option for all homeowners, adding a wood-surfaced deck is a surefire way to increase your home’s value. Building a deck is a DIY project you can undertake if you’re handy enough and even if you’re not, it’s not as extravagant as other plans.
Just make sure you choose the right staining to keep it in good condition and regularly clean it. Spruce it up with some well-placed furniture and items to keep your neighbors and home buyers coming over for barbeques and open houses!
Upgrade the Bathroom
While definitely a much bigger project than any of the previous items, upgrading your bathroom will definitely up your home’s value. If you’re going to do just one, make sure you start in the master bathroom and work your way through the rest of the house.
Try to give your bathroom a spa like feel, making it seem as relaxed an environment as possible. If you have space, a double vanity is always a popular option. If you’re looking to go super fancy, add heated floors to keep the visitors coming in.
Adding onto the spa feel, see if you can change your shower to where you have water being sprayed out of the wall or all sides. People want to feel like royalty in their own homes, so why not give your house a royal makeover?
Take Regular Care of Your Home
Instead of one big project, one easy thing you can do is make sure you’re taking good care of all your appliances and regular maintenance of everything in your house.
Even though it may not give your house’s value a huge bump like remodeling a room or adding smart items to your home, it will definitely not take away from your home’s value when you decide to sell. Home inspectors look in every nook and corner possible to see what could be wrong with the house. If you’ve neglected certain items, that could come back to bite you and end up driving your home’s value down before you end up selling.