6 Home Improvements That Add Value

Whether you’re planning on selling your home in the near or distant future, making a few simple updates can significantly increase its value. Housing prices are steadily on the rise in Charleston, SC, meaning you will likely be able to make a nice profit when you do decide to sell. Explore these six home improvements that add value, and get started on this exciting project.

 If you need assistance selling your house or are looking for a new home or condo in Isle of Palms, SC, contact Jimmy Carroll Realty today.

Enhance Your Landscaping

One of the least costly improvements that can yield great results is updating your landscaping. Landscaping is one area that allows you to complete projects over time, meaning you don’t necessarily have to make any large investments upfront. Rather, you can work on your yard little by little and as much as your budget allows. Landscaping is an important part of your home’s curb appeal, which plays a key role in getting people excited to buy.

A simple place to start is to sod your yard to give the appearance of lush, green grass. Including some mature shrubbery, flowers, and other plants or trees will also show buyers that your yard is healthy and easy to maintain. In addition, including a walkway to your front door is both extremely functional and aesthetically pleasing, making it a great investment to your property.

You should also consider enhancing your backyard. If your backyard is nicely kept, it can be a huge selling point. Start small by adding sod and mature greenery. Later, consider investing in a nice deck for relaxing and grilling, a fire pit, or even a pool. Having a beautiful outdoor living space will entice buyers and increase your home’s value.

Update the Exterior

Another area that you can quickly enhance is the exterior of your home, which will also contribute to curb appeal. Here are a few ways to give the exterior of your home a facelift to increase value:

  • Apply a new coat of paint. Whether you stick with the same color or switch it up, this will make your house pop and look brand new. You should also consider touching up your porch, if you have one.
  • Add shutters. Shutters make your home look warm and inviting. If you already have shutters, consider pressure washing them and adding a new coat of paint.
  • Improve railings. Remove any old, iron railings along your front steps or porch and switch them out for solid wood. Including more wood is a very popular trend that also makes the entrance of your home feel welcoming.
  • Remove awnings. If you have any awnings over your windows or doors, remove them for a more modern, updated look.

Paint the Interior

Having spotless, clean walls is also a key selling point for buyers. You’d be amazed at how different and fresh your home can feel with just a simple interior paint job. However, when it comes to selling your home, you need to choose a color that appeals to all buyers. This means you should select neutral colors that don’t make too bold of a statement. Lighter colors make your home feel larger, open, and cleaner, while dark colors will make the space feel small. In addition, you also need to paint the interior trim. It’s usually best to go with a crisp white to contrast the color of the walls.

Convert to Hardwood Floors

Hardwood floors are extremely popular, especially in living spaces and bedrooms. If you have rooms that are covered in carpet, no matter if it’s old or in decent condition, it’s usually a good idea to convert them to hardwood.

If you have any existing hardwood, whether it’s currently exposed or hiding under the carpet, you should highly consider refinishing it rather than replacing it. While installing brand new hardwood will certainly increase your home’s value, restoring your current hardwood will increase it even more.

Update a Bathroom

There are two ways you can go about updating a bathroom. The less costly route is to do a minor remodel, but you will likely add more value to your home with a full remodel.

For a minimal, inexpensive change that can have a significant impact on buyers, simply swap out some of your bathroom’s fixtures. This would include exchanging the faucet, knobs, and drawers to match, giving your bathroom an updated, uniform look. However, for a true minor remodel, you should consider including new tile floors, replacing the vanity, and installing a new tub.

A full remodel requires you to spend a bit more, but you often see good returns. You should consider doing a major remodel to your master bathroom first, starting by selecting a new flooring (tile or stone is best). It’s also extremely valuable to convert a tub to a walk-in shower. Switch out the toilet (or even relocate it for more privacy), include a linen closet if possible for increased storage, purchase a high-end vanity, install new light fixtures, and be sure to update the exhaust fan. The combination of these improvements will have a huge impact on the value of your home.

Update the Kitchen

You can also either do a minor or full remodel of your kitchen. For a minor remodel, just like with the restroom, you can also replace fixtures like knobs, faucets, and drawers. You’ll also want to replace countertops with a nice granite or quartz. Quartz is less expensive but looks very similar to high-end granite. Upgrading to stainless steel, gas appliances is also a great move, along with updating your floor to a unique tile or hardwood.

In addition to including all of the above from a minor remodel, a complete remodel also involves changing the layout of your kitchen. People love open-concept layouts. With the help of a professional, you can rethink how your new appliances, countertops, and cabinets can fit in a way that flows easily and matches adjacent rooms.

Work with Jimmy Carroll Realty

Get started on these home improvement projects to add value to your home! If you’re ready to sell your home or want to explore your options for properties in Isle of Palms, SC, contact Jimmy Carroll Realty today.