The Easiest Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value

Whenever you make changes to your home, you always should do so with an eye toward increasing the value. Though you may not be thinking about selling any time soon, you likely will at some point. Here are some easy ways to increase your home’s value.


modern-houseProbably the cheapest and one of the easiest ways to increase your home’s value is by painting. Newly painted rooms look clean and fresh, and painting in neutral colors gives your home an updated and modern look. You can get a gallon of paint for $25 to $30 and paint an entire room in a couple of hours.

Changing Fixtures

You might have the most updated and modern-looking home on the block, but if your fixtures look like they are from another decade, they will stand out like a sore thumb. If your light fixtures are old and don’t go with the rest of the decor, you should swap them out for new ones. The same goes for cabinet hardware in your bathroom and kitchen. These are both relatively easy and inexpensive changes to make.

When you update your fixtures, you have the opportunity to refresh your entire interior design scheme. Polished brass and gold-colored fixtures can liven up a traditional or rustic home while antique and oil-rubbed bronze can add a touch of elegance to an industrial or modern scheme.

Updating Kitchens and Baths

The two rooms that usually help sell a home are the kitchen and the bathroom, and one of the easiest ways to increase value is to make small updates to these rooms. New flooring, new lighting, a new vanity in the bath and new back splash in the kitchen can give the rooms an updated look. If you don’t want to spend that much money, something as simple as new rugs and a new shower curtain can still make a big difference.

Accent Pieces

An easy and inexpensive way to modernize your home’s look and increase its value is to change accents such as rugs and wall hangings. A new area rug costs a few hundred dollars and can really change the look of a room. The same goes for the things hanging on the wall. New art and mirrors are a great way to change your home’s look without spending a lot of money, as are new blinds or curtains.

Accents don’t have to be bought—they can be made, DIY style, from materials you have around or find in nature. Look around for inspiration—old picture frames can be repainted bright colors to stand out from the wall, fake plants can be reworked into wreaths and nature-inspired tabletop pieces.

Curb Appeal

When updating your home, you can’t neglect the outside. Exterior updates such as new landscaping, fixing cracked concrete and repainting trim are inexpensive and will boost your home’s curb appeal.

Increasing your home’s value doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Spending a few hours and a few hundred dollars on improvements can make a huge difference.

Informational Credit to Rusco Industries

Erin Emanuel