When selling your home, you want to receive the best offer possible. Maybe you’ve recently purchased a home with a plan to upgrade to a larger place in five years. Perhaps you home is in need of a little TLC. By taking the time to upgrade, clean and paint, it will go a long way toward increasing the value of your home now and perhaps in the future to make for a quick sale.
It all starts with a plan.
By intentionally making upgrades on the right things in your home, you can significantly increase your home’s value. Take the time to write down the changes you want to make, determine how long you may be living in the home and create a timeline for implementation.
Once the plan is complete, identify the “must have” and “maybe a dream” on your list. Set aside the “must have” category and cost out in time and money on what it would take to complete the list. Be careful if you are planning on reselling your home that you don’t overprice the market value with too many upgrades or you will not recoup your upgrade investment.
From your “must have” list tackle one room at a time.
Whether it’s a simple coat of paint or knocking down a wall, by tackling one room at a time you keep projects achievable. By strategizing, you will see your dreams take shape as you transform each room before moving on to the next.
Small improvements can really pay off. There are two classifications of upgrades – home and personal. Upgrades for your home may consist of replacing old faucets, permanent lighting and doors. Upgrades for you are furniture, artwork and window treatments are personal upgrades. With this plan, you will see real progress. Based on your budget and available time, space out your projects.
Curb appeal counts.
Want a fresh perspective on the value of your home? Walk across the street, turn around and ask yourself, “Does my house have curb appeal?“ Does your home look attractive, welcoming and structurally sound at first glance? Are there shrubbery that need trimmed or removed? Could the door use a fresh coat of paint? Could flower beds be upgraded?
Make a list of ways to enhance the positive and eliminate the negative. If you have a nice curvy walkway, accentuate it with flowers or lanterns. These things add value.
If you have questions as to how to put the plan together or want someone to help you manage the process, contact Catherine Montague at Green Design Innovation – 412-638-2696. From color consultations to complete room redesigns, her expertise will inspire your imagination and creativity.
About the author: Catherine Montague is the president of Green Design Innovation and recipient of the 2014 Best of Houzz Award. Green Design Innovation is a full service design firm and providing an International Approach to Interior Design offering an array of residential and commercial interior design services. Core areas of services include: Interior Design, Real Estate Staging & Move-in services, Color Consultation and International Shopping. We are located in Sewickley near Pittsburgh serving our clients in Naples, FL and Paris or wherever they are.