This is a guest post from our friends at Jasco lighting and smart home automation.
Whether you’re getting ready to put your house on the market or you just want to give your home a little facelift for your own enjoyment, adding value to your home is easier than you think. Here are things you can do, on your own, to raise your home value at any price point.
Things you can do for under $100
Tip 1: Add a fresh coat of paint
Adding a fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest, quickest, and least expensive updates you can do to any room in your house. Painting your house is also a fun activity you can do with your spouse, or kids because you have so many options! Light, neutral, colors can brighten up a dark room and are timeless. Fun, bright, colors are great for kids room and can add some personality to your house. No matter what color you pick – make sure you stock up on painters tape and drop cloths so you don’t ruin your trim or floor.
Tip 2: Light up your kitchen
Adding under cabinet lighting to your kitchen not only helps you to better see what you’re working on, but it’s also an easy and affordable way to dramatically enhance the look and feel of your kitchen space. These tunable white LED light bars allow you to adjust both color temperature and brightness to take a room from warm, soft and relaxing to cool, bright and functional. Installation is as simple as mounting the fixture where you’d love some extra illumination and plugging it into a nearby outlet. There are also some surprising features of under cabinet lights, like motion-sensing technology that will make your home even more impressive and functional.
Things you can do for $100-200
Tip 1: Liven up your backyard
Your backyard is a place that family and friends can get together and have fun. Your home value will go up if your backyard can double as an outdoor area that people want to spend time in. With Enbrighten Cafe Lights you can easily, and quickly, add some life to your backyard. Cafe String Lights can be placed in a variety of locations around your backyard.
You can add a unique touch to any space, and switch up the look for different occasions by moving just a strand or two or simply changing the color with a remote. Take advantage of deck ceilings, pergolas, or trees on your property to hang the lights. You can accent any area by hanging the strings lights under a patio or pergola, along your garden fence, on the eaves of an entry, or extend lines to a cozy seating area by the pool or fire pit.
Tip 2: Remove the popcorn ceiling
Very few things date a space like popcorn on the ceiling—and not in a charming way. They’re difficult to repair, hard to clean and catch dust easily. Luckily though, they are not hard to get rid of. There are three common/easy ways to get rid of that popcorn ceiling! You can scrape it off, cover it with drywall or skim coat on a new design.
Things you can do for over $200
Tip 1: Replace the carpet in your living room
Lastly, something you can do that will drastically change the appearance of your house, but can be done easily is replace the carpet in your living room! If you are planning to sell your home, buyers will notice old or outdated flooring that needs replacing. However, there are some important factors that homeowners should consider before they start ripping up the old carpet, including the different types and materials of flooring, total square footage, and of course the budget. Porch.com has a handy carpet installation cost calculator that breaks down the total cost of installing carpet, detailing equipment, job supplies, and old carpet removal costs. The resource also connects homeowners with local contractors that can help with a carpet installation project, if help is needed.
Tip 2: Make your home smart
You can really embrace an easy DIY smart home renovation by using simple home automation products that not only increase the value of your home but also help you save money by making it more energy efficient-double win!
There is more than one way to build a smart home, but for most homeowners, a good place to start is by choosing a hub (aka “the brain” of the smart home). There are many great ones out there like Samsung SmartThings, Wink, Nexia, Lowe’s Iris, or Honeywell. Or if you already have a security system in your home, companies like ADT, Vivint, or AT&T Digital Life also provide smart home solutions.
If a hub-less smart home sounds more like your style, then Bluetooth Smart Controls might be the way to go since there is no Wi-Fi connection or a hub required. Regardless of which option you choose, with a connected home you can create custom lighting scenes, increase your security, lower your energy bills, and impress your friends.
These smart home products work on a mesh network, which means the devices can securely talk to each other and relay messages. For example, if you tell the kitchen light to turn on but you are in the bedroom (more than 100-feet from the kitchen switch) the bedroom switch will tell the hall switch to tell the kitchen switch to turn on. What this also means is the more smart devices you use in your home, the greater your range of control.
Tip 3: Landscaping
No one would like to live in a place that doesn’t have trees or plants anywhere. Even big urban areas still preserve trees and plants. They do that by landscaping. If you’re stumped on how to begin a landscape transformation, look no farther than your front yard. It’s the very first thing that you see driving up to your house, and you can always wow guests before they even enter your home. Just remember that curb appeal is the most important, but no matter how pretty your landscape is, it needs to be functional.
Bonus: One Thing You Can Add for Over $1,000
One higher budget addition that you can consider to increase the value of your home is a new garage door. If your current garage door has dents, does not always function properly, or has just generally seen better days, a new garage door could play a major role in increasing your home’s curb appeal. If you are looking to sell, a garage door replacement could make the difference between catching a potential buyer’s eye and interest in your home or simply driving by.
Increasing curb appeal is only one of the benefits that a new garage door installation could provide you. An insulated garage door could help boost energy efficiency in your home by helping to keep warm air out during the warmer months and cold air out during the colder months. An upgraded garage door could also help improve the safety of your home, especially with the modern features that are now accessible with new garage doors. For example, automated timers allow you to automatically close the garage door after a designated period of time. Therefore, if you just had a forgetful moment and failed to close the garage door before leaving your house, you can still feel secure in knowing that your garage door will soon be closed off to any would-be intruders because of the security feature that you activated.
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