Top 10 Ways To Add Value To Your Home
THE TOP TEN HOME RENOVATIONS AND PROJECTS THAT ADD THE MOST VAULE TO YOUR HOME
If you have been hanging around this little blog for anytime at all you know we big puffy heart love home renovations!
We have completed a number of One Room Challenges and $100 Room Challenges.
So I guess you could say we are projects junkies, always looking for the next one!
For me, these renovations, projects, & everything DIY serve as a creative outlet.
There is no rush like finishing a project and helping other people with their projects.
One of my favorite things is learning something new and sharing it with y’all.
Whether renovations are to improve your homes value or just something you enjoy doing some projects add more value than others.
We put together a list of the top ten renovations/projects that add the most value to your home.
1. Window Trim
Adding trim to your homes windows is a great project to really elevate the rooms in your home without spending a ton of money.
We have been slowly but surely knocking out each window in our home as we go.
Recently I finished the large window in our kitchen and went bold painting it black!
I use this super simple method to make adding window trim a breeze!
2. Create Storage Space
Future home buyers are going to be looking in your closets y’all, its true.
People want to know where their stuff would go in the house and is there an adequate amount of space for it.
Pantry space can be another bonus for future home owners, it’s amazing how built-in shelving completely elevates even a small pantry closet!
We replaced all of our builder grade wire shelving units with custom shelving that looks super fancy and expensive but is actually very budget friendly!
Check out Eli’s nursery closet to see how we added extra hanging space and shelving for under $100!
3. Fresh Paint
A fresh coat of paint is the absolute easiest and cheapest way to update your home.
New paint can make everything feel cleaner, brighter, and up to date.
Our bedroom is painted in Gray Owl, it’s neutral taupe/gray that goes with everything.
Future home buyers want to see neutral colors so that they can envision their own style in the home. Lighter colors can help a room feel larger and brighter which is what prospective home buyers want.
When we gave our guest bedroom a refresh we chose Sherwin Williams Silver Strand for the wall color, it’s light, bright, and inviting.
If you are not super concerned with what future home buyers want, my motto is paint it black!
I love a dark and moody room but that is just my personal preference!
4. Bathroom Updates
Bathrooms are a big selling point in a home, but they don’t have to be completely gutted to be upgraded.
At our last house I challenged myself to makeover the primary bathroom with only $100!
It was a huge improvement and I was able to stay in my budget with just a few DIY projects.
You can easily update cabinets with paint and new hardware.
Swap out builder grade light fixtures or spray paint the old ones for a fresh look.
We even added these faux marble shelves to provide more storage that looked high end.
5. Flooring Update
Replacing old/worn floors can add a lot of value to your home.
9/10 times we will replace carpet with either some budget friendly laminate flooring or hardwood flooring.
Carpet can hold odors which will turn future buyers (and you) off, especially if you have pets or toddlers.
Instead add a rug to the space to keep the cozy vibes, they are easier to keep clean and are replaceable if the situation gets beyond repair!
We also recently updated the flooring in our kitchen with a lighter hardwood that really brightened up the space!
6. Built-In Cabinets
Built-ins really amplify a room and make it look custom.
This arched bookcase project is one of my favorite projects to date to because it adds a craftsman feel to the room while also adding extra storage.
You could even create a faux built-in cabinet look using IKEA cabinets!
We recently completed this project to create extra storage in our kitchen and it gave the whole space a custom feel.
7. Craftsman Elements
Trim work is my love language!
There are also a lot of different styles of wall trim you can to install to achieve a craftsman feel that won’t break the bank.
Another hack we often use is to build with MDF instead of real wood to save money because wood prices are…. scary.
8. Kitchen Updates
Kitchen renovations make a big impact on your homes value.
Not every improvement has to cost a lot of money though, we painted these laminate countertops in my mom’s kitchen to look like real wood and they have help up so well!
She is always getting compliments on them and it only cost us $100 to make them over.
Installing a backsplash is a good place to start also, we recently installed shiplap as our kitchen backsplash as an easy and budget friendly option.
If your cabinets are older & you don’t have the budget to replace them, try painting them a neutral color.
Kitchen cabinet hardware can also make a big statement and can be replaced or painted easily.
This past summer we completely made over our front porch and landscaping.
Keep the landscaping clean and simple to attract buyers and add value to your home.
It is the first thing people see when they come to your home so you want it to have a good first impression.
Updating your front door color is a simple upgrade that is super budget friendly and can make a big impact.
10. Upgrade To Smart Home Options
There are so many smart home options on the market that can help save energy and money.
Making a few upgrades can go a long way to increasing your homes value and can save you money in the long run so that’s a win win!
Home improvements don’t necessarily have to cost a fortune to add value to your home.
Make a list of all the improvements you want to make, then set up a time line and budget to get them done.
If you are considering selling your home in the near future and unsure where to start, it might be helpful to have a real estate agent walk the home and give you a list of improvements they would make.