Shelter-in-place can be a perfect time to complete DIY projects. When fixing up your house, it’s possible, even without professional help, to make your house appear bigger and better than it may seem on the outside. Here are some tips to increase appeal and to attract potential buyers in the future.
Especially if you have a smaller house, it’s important to keep your rooms clean and floor plan simple. Currently, buyers are seeing less rooms as more, according to realtors. For example, it’s often better and more efficient to turn four-bedroom homes into three bedrooms with master suites by taking down a wall or two. Buyers also are looking for open floor plans with large open kitchens to work in.
On the topic of kitchens, it’s no surprise that they’re one of the costliest and most labor-intensive renovations in your home. One of the biggest expenses are the cabinets. According to the creative director of St. Charles New York, as long as an installment is high quality, the style doesn’t matter too much and it will retain its value at resale. They also recommend choosing a traditional aspect to design your cabinets with as it makes it easier for the next residents to personalize it with accessories and the like. While cabinetry doesn’t have to be white, a trend that’s been picking up, lighter colors are seen to do better.
Style is also a major aspect at play here. Though the style of your kitchen doesn’t have to exactly follow the style of the rest of your home, it shouldn’t clash with the architecture. Don’t buy large appliances if there isn’t a lot of space in your kitchen and don’t buy high-tech looking appliances if the rest of your house is styled differently.
Another aspect to look for when preparing your house is flooring. Wall-to-wall carpeting is no longer an appealing aspect for many buyers, due to the difficulties of cleaning it. Wooden flooring is currently the most appealing for many homebuyers, but may not be appropriate in every situation. Avoid wooden flooring in places that are sensitive to moisture like in bathrooms, kitchens, or basements, and opt with tile or luxury vinyl instead.
Fireplaces are a nice aspect of houses that must be properly furnished to keep up their appeal. Almost any tile is a good idea for a backdrop, and stone is always a good idea for the rest of the fireplace. If you’re not mounting a TV on your fireplace, it’s a great place to show off sophisticated items.
DIY is a great way to save money and time when it comes to some projects like painting, changing doors, or installations. But watch out, If done improperly DIY projects can turn into complete disasters that end up reducing your home value by far more than you saved.