5 Ways to Improve Your Home Value

Owning property is a fantastic feeling but when you’re getting close to selling you might want to consider a few simple ways to increase your home’s value. We came up with five of our favorites and here they are:

  1. Hire an inspector

Before deciding on what small projects you want to take on, you may want to try hiring a home inspector and see what improvements have to be done. You’re not going to feel great if you spend 10k updating your house and then find out that the entire time you needed a new roof. It’s much better to know what needs to be done, so start there.

  1. Add Landscaping

While some of us don’t have the greenest of thumbs, low-stakes landscaping can add plenty of curb appeal to your home. Think potted plants and ferns that don’t need too much tending. Purchase plants that are native to your region or plants that are drought-tolerant so you can get away with watering them less.

  1. Paint

Everyone loves a good coat of fresh paint. Try updating the colors in your home and really give buyers an extra incentive to want to buy. A freshly painted house will look like you’ve taken the time to take care of the inside and out.

  1. Swap out sinks

For a rather small but quick way to improve your home value – think about the kitchen sink. Just one replacement can make the kitchen look a lot more polished and new. This is a tiny change that can have a huge impact.

  1. Replace carpet

Your house will not sell if you have dreary, old, carpet. Try updating it for a great return on investment. Pick out a new carpet and have it installed, or, try taking a look to see if you have hardwoods under your carpet. Hardwoods are much more attractive to buyers than carpet.

Here are just a few quick things that can really get your home value up. Try one or two of them and look at the results – you might be surprised to have something new and great-looking in your home.

5 Ways to Improve Your Home Value

3 Financial Things to Consider Before Buying Your First Home

Thinking of purchasing your first home? Congratulations, that’s a huge step to take! While many people want to rush in and buy the first home they see there are a few financial things that you should think about before you purchase anything.

How much home can you actually afford?

This might seem like a no-brainer but you have to make sure you can actually afford your house. This doesn’t mean looking at how much money you have to spend but how much you can spend on a month-to-month basis. For example, if you have $1200 to spend on a mortgage you need to make sure you factor in miscellaneous expenses and regular expenses. Maybe you can afford that $1200 but you didn’t consider that your food budget brings it down to $800. The best thing you can do for yourself and your future home is make sure that you can afford it.

  1.  Make sure you have a buffer

Staying on the topic of financials, ask yourself if you have a buffer for your home expenses. Because you are going to be a homeowner there are surprise expenses, like a car repair, that could creep up and ruin your budget. You want to make sure that at any given time you have more than $1000 in your checking account. In fact you’re going to want three to six months of living expenses in your accounts just to make sure that you’re covered in case of some unexpected event like being laid off.

  1. Know the other expenses

Buying a home isn’t just the cost of the home or the down payment. In fact there are a lot of additional factors that you should consider when approaching the cost of your home. Your home will need to be appraised, so there’s an appraisal fee, you need to also find out who will be responsible for the home inspection. Then think about what you might need for your new space – does the home need landscaping? Do you have the tools to mow the lawn or cut the hedges? What about furniture – do you have everything that you need? How about your moving costs from your old place into your new place?

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3 Financial Things to Consider Before Buying Your First Home