Rainy day projects that add value to your home
If you're toying with the idea of selling your home, there are a number of things you can do to increase its value. Major projects like renovations and upgrading appliances are surefire ways to boost your listing price, but you don't always have to invest that much time and money. Here are a few inexpensive projects that add value to your home and are easy to complete on a rainy day.
Create storage solutions
Ample closet space is a must-have item on many home buyers' wish lists. However, older homes often have small storage spaces. If you need a project to complete on the weekend, Bankrate recommended adding storage systems to your home's bedrooms, pantries and entry closets. There are many customizable closet systems available at home improvement stores or online, or you can build one yourself if you're particularly handy. Not only will this add value to your property, it may also help you reduce clutter and become more organized during the remainder of your time in the house. It's a win-win situation.
Paint your walls neutral
You can place a higher price tag on your home if the walls are neatly painted in desirable hues. This Old House explained that when the walls are painted in neutral shades, buyers are able to project their own ideas onto the space. Start with rooms that have dingy or chipped paint, and take time to redo the walls in shades of white and tan.
Routine maintenance and repairs
It's important to take good care of your home's appliances, systems and structure if you're thinking about selling. This Old House noted that a few hundred dollars worth of maintenance and repairs can translate into thousands of dollars of value. Start by taking small steps, such as changing the furnace filter, recaulking doors and windows, cleaning the gutters and pulling weeds in the yard.
You may also want to invest in a TotalProtect® Home Warranty to protect your home. It can go a long way toward solving your budgeting woes and giving you peace of mind when it comes to the quality of your house. When you have TotalProtect as part of your home protection plan, you won't need to worry about huge repair bills if eligible appliances or systems break down.
The information in this article is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage.