If you’re a homeowner, it’s clearly in your best interest to maintain and even increase the value of your home during your time living there. That way, when it comes time to sell your home, you can pocket more money than you paid when you bought it. Although home values fluctuate at the mercy of the housing market, there are ways that you can increase the value of your home. Before you say, “I can’t afford to build an addition!” or “A new roof is not in my budget,” you should know that there are several ways that you can boost your home’s value without breaking the bank.
Improve the Curb Appeal
The exterior appearance of your house greatly impacts its appraisal value and its sellability. No one can see your granite countertops from the side of the road. There are many outdoor home improvement projects that will increase the value of your home like adding a covered porch, reroofing, or installing a pool, but they cost a pretty penny. Instead, try working with what you have. For example, rent a power washer to blast off the years of dirt and grime on your siding before you decide to replace it. Or your shutters and front door might look dingy, but you can easily give them a new lease on life with some paint.
Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint
Paint can also solve many of your indoor decor woes. Outdated cabinetry in your kitchen or bathrooms can cause potential buyers to wrinkle their nose and walk out the door. While replacing your cabinets would likely cost you upward of $10,000, a 1-gallon can of white paint costs around $30. Sounds a lot more palatable, right? It also helps that white cabinets are a very popular trend, so there’s no need to invest in expensive mahogany cabinetry. Another tip for making your home more appealing to a wider audience is to apply a neutral paint color to your walls. Your daughter might love her periwinkle bedroom walls and your son might like the train mural you stenciled above his headboard, but your house will solicit more offers if the finishes are less personalized.
Upgrade the Hardware
After giving your cabinets a facelift with a fresh coat of paint, update the hardware. New knobs or handles can quickly transform your kitchen or bathroom from an 80’s time capsule to a more contemporary space. Faucets and light fixtures are also simple and relatively inexpensive pieces of hardware to swap out. Updating these items can make a big impact on the perceived value of your home.
Boost Energy Efficiency
An often overlooked aspect of a home’s appraisal value is its energy efficiency. Most homeowners aren’t going to invest in solar panels or install a rainwater collection system, but many are opting for solar film. Solar film, also known as window film or window tint, improves the energy efficiency of your home by helping to regulate interior temperatures. During the summer months, the film blocks 97% of the sun’s infrared rays, decreasing the amount of solar heat entering your home by up to 60%. This prevents your HVAC system from working as hard to maintain a cool temperature.
In the winter months, the film acts as an insulator, keeping the warmth produced by your heating system contained in your home. Whether you’re planning on putting your home on the market next month, next year, or in 10 years, window film offers a cost-effective a way to increase the value of your home by boosting its energy efficiency.
Increasing the Value of Your Home Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive
Locally owned and operated in Richmond, Virginia for over 35 years, Solar Film helps homeowners throughout central Virginia, Williamsburg, and the Northern Neck enhance the value of their homes with improved energy efficiency. We use premium quality 3M™ materials for temperature control, glare reduction, UV protection, privacy, and security window film solutions. As a 3M™ Authorized Dealer and member of the Prestige Dealer Network, we offer many varieties of window film. Get in touch with us today for a free quote!