It is no secret that home remodeling projects are great ways to increase your home’s value prior to putting it on the market. However, there are times when you simply need to sell your house as soon as possible and do not have time to get around to the big, value-adding project you had planned.
Fortunately, there are a number of ways you can quickly add value to your home before listing it. From DIY projects to same-day professional installations, the following projects could yield a hefty return on investment when you find yourself short on time.
Make Some Aging in Place Additions
Aging in place refers to the process of enjoying maximum comfort and functionality in your home as you move into your senior years. With the news of the Baby Boomer cohort moving into retirement in record numbers, there is a potentially strong market for homes that have aging-in-place features.
Unlike some home renovations, there are many simple, DIY projects that can help your home be more senior-friendly, including the following:
-Adding a seat to the shower
-Installing a gate into the bathtub to eliminate having to step up and over
-Making the sinks more shallow to limit extensive reaching
-Including a handrail, or a more customizable alternative, near the stairs, kitchen, and/or bathroom
Replace the Garage Door
Improving a home’s curb appeal is a quick way to add value to your property. People want to be proud of the home they are purchasing, and if a home turns the heads of passersby, then they will likely be willing to pay a premium to call it their own.
Even simple measures such as trimming dead trees and/or planting new shrubs can go a long way toward increasing curb appeal. However, one of the most powerful facelifts you can give your home is a garage door replacement.
Whether or not your garage protrudes from your house or simply takes up a large portion of your home’s street-facing side, the garage door will be extremely noticeable upon first glance at your house, with any dings, dents, or discolorations sticking out like a sore thumb on an otherwise pristine home. Professionals can replace a garage door in as little as a few hours, making it a worthwhile investment to get your home looking as good as new come sale time. To further improve your curb appeal consider some garage door trim ideas to really make your house stand out.
Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint or Siding Treatment
Proper care of house siding material is necessary in order for the material to retain its insulative and weather-proof properties, as most traditional materials lose their efficacy with age and exposure. In addition to being able to sell prospective buyers on the quality of the recently treated siding, it is also undeniable that fresh paint or oil makes the home sparkle like new again, making it an easy and advantageous project to perform right before listing your property.
Quartz-ify the Kitchen Countertops
Kitchen renovations are some of the most exciting--and potentially profitable--home improvement projects that you can undertake. Unfortunately, full-scale kitchen remodels can also be extremely expensive and time-consuming, making them prohibitive for those homeowners looking to add quick value to their property before listing.
Therefore, if you want to make a quick splash in your kitchen, a countertop replacement is the most logical way to go. With its durable, nonporous fabrication, quartz is becoming a favorite material for kitchen surfaces across America. In addition, there are many colors of quartz countertops that match well with any kitchen ambiance, with most professionals able to perform a customized replacement in three days or less.
Matt Lee is the owner of the Innovative Building Materials blog and a content writer for the building materials industry. He is focused on helping fellow homeowners, contractors, and architects discover materials and methods of construction that save money, improve energy efficiency, and increase property value.