Your Delray Beach house offers a comfortable and stylish place to call home, but whether it remains your forever home or you decide to put it on the market for someone else to love, there will invariably be times when you will want to increase your home's value. You can make simple updates and changes throughout your home to increase your enjoyment, add aesthetic value, and improve the value of your property.
Clean, declutter, and organize to visually increase space
A professional cleaning service is a wise investment if you plan to sell your house. Even if you have a regular cleaning service, you can upgrade to a more thorough deep cleaning or inquire about specialized services for moving. These cleanings are designed to reach every nook and cranny, every hard-to-reach window, or oft-ignored corners in the attics and basements.
Steam cleaning carpets, rugs, and draperies and polishing hardwood can refresh the flooring throughout the home. While it won't add a lot of monetary value, it will improve the overall aesthetics of your home, and when it's time to stage the house, having organized and clutter-free spaces will make rooms more attractive.
Add square footage
Since home prices are tied to square footage, adding usable living space to your home makes financial sense, especially in markets where real estate and land are finite and limited. There are many ways to add square footage to your home. You can add a guest house or mother-in-law suite to set your property apart from the competition. Converting a room or building a home office is also beneficial, allowing individuals to have a professional, dedicated space to work from home. Consider opening the layout if your home's floor plan is closed off. Consult with an architect to find the best rooms to open up for entertainment and family time.
Improve curb appeal & outdoor spaces
The exterior of your home is the first impression guests, or buyers get of your property. Improving curb appeal adds significant aesthetic value and, depending on the specific projects you choose, can increase the value of your property as well. A landscaper or landscape architect can spruce up your yard but may also advise on which plants or trees will be best for drawing in native wildlife, adding shade to your home, or creating natural boundaries between your outdoor living spaces and the rest of your property.
A beautifully designed lawn will be more attractive and help buyers envision relaxing outdoors. Cleaning and repairing fences or access gates, replacing your garage doors, changing outdated fixtures, and pressure washing hardscapes and the home's exterior are simple improvements that refresh your property.
While you're outdoors, consider your outdoor living space. If there is potential to improve your outdoor areas, consider the best ways to update the space you have. A beautiful portico, an outdoor kitchen, or a redesigned poolside patio can create a welcoming and relaxing space for entertaining family and friends and maximize your enjoyment of Florida's weather.
Make your home more energy-efficient
There are many ways to improve your home's energy efficiency
. Some upgrades will specifically appeal to eco-friendly homebuyers, while others will add aesthetic value and possible return on investment. You can make energy-efficient upgrades throughout every room in the house in the following ways:
Conduct an energy audit
Some utility companies provide energy audits, or you may hire a private company. An audit will allow you to see where you can improve energy efficiency by sealing cracks, adding insulation, or taking other measures to reduce drafts or prevent air escaping.
Change to low-flow fixtures
Your kitchen and bathroom can quickly upgrade with new low-flow showerheads, faucets, and toilets that reduce water usage.
Improve natural lighting
Skylights and solar tubes will introduce natural lighting. Depending on which direction they face, they may also provide additional heat throughout the day.
Upgrade your appliances
New ENERGY STAR appliances in the kitchen and laundry room will make a room feel more modern and, of course, be beneficial by reducing energy consumption.
Install new windows & a smart thermostat
In addition to improving energy efficiency, new windows can transform a room's aesthetics and enhance the exterior's curb appeal. Window options are nearly limitless, so you can choose a style that complements the room's primary usage and the architectural style of your home.
If you do not have a smart thermostat yet, you can easily have this installed by an HVAC tech during routine maintenance. A programmable thermostat allows you to customize the temperature settings throughout the day and save up to 10% on heating and cooling costs.
Consider a mini remodel in the bathroom and kitchen
You do not have to tackle a full-scale remodel of the bathroom or kitchen for these rooms to feel updated and modern. In addition to water-reducing fixtures, there are other ways you can spruce up a room with minor changes. New paint, backsplash, light fixtures, cabinet handles, and drawer pulls can instantly refresh a room because everything feels clean and new.
Professional staging turns your home into their home
While your home has been your oasis, you want buyers to see it as their future dream home when listing it for sale. An interior designer or professional stager works with the buyer in mind. Although your home has been decorated and furnished to suit your preferences, staging removes that personalization and allows potential buyers to see the potential it offers for their families.
Hire a home inspector to avoid surprises
Hiring a home inspector will allow you to discover minor problems. Fixing these problems can reduce maintenance costs in the future. This proactive approach will allow you to list confidently when selling your home. You do not have to worry about surprises later that can cost more money in concessions or repairs, and buyers will not feel like the house has been neglected over the years.
Talk to an experienced real estate agent at The Worth Group
An experienced realtor will understand Delray Beach real estate's most desired features and amenities. They can walk you through potential changes, upgrades, and home improvements that will be worth the investment and which ones may be better left for a future buyer with specific needs.
The Worth Group
is here when you're ready to sell. Experienced with Delray Beach real estate and the local market, you'll find knowledgeable, skilled, and tenacious agents prepared to help you maximize the value of your home. To learn more, reach out today.
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