Use these simple and effective tips to increase your home’s value. 

One of the joys of homeownership is the ability to make improvements to your house—customizing and perfecting it until it’s a shining example of your personality and lifestyle. Often, these same improvements can help increase your home’s value. However, some help to increase the value more than others. 

If you’re strategically trying to increase your home’s value, here are some simple and effective tips: 

1. Start from the outside 

Work on your home’s curb appeal. The exterior of your Washington D.C. real estate home sets the all-important first impression with potential homebuyers. First, consider any areas that may need refreshing. Perhaps the door needs to be painted? The steps or sidewalk pressure-washed? From there, move on to ways that you can “up” the game. Maybe you install a Ring doorbell—buyers love technology. 

2. Accentuate convenient parking 

We all know parking in The District can be a challenge. Accentuating your driveway can reap rewards with potential homebuyers. Patterned concrete, unique stains, and visually attractive materials will all appeal to those who appreciate both details and function. 

3. Kitchens help sell homes 

If there’s one thing that buyers love, it’s a great kitchen. Whether you’re considering a renovation project or simply want to update your kitchen with the latest appliances and cabinet trends, this can a be a huge win for your home’s value. Something as simple as replacing the countertops or upgrading the appliances can make buyers envision themselves cooking in your state-of-the-art kitchen. 

4. Focus on bathroom luxury

Bathrooms with exquisite finishes are also highly popular with buyers. Much like kitchens, the materials and appointments—like heated towel racks or marble floors—are the foundations of stylized baths. Custom cabinets and deluxe light fixtures will personalize the space. Considering a big renovation? An additional bathroom will certainly boost your home’s value, as appraisers calculate their valuations based on the number of bedrooms, bathrooms, and square feet as compared to neighboring properties. 

5. Invest in efficiency 

Improving efficiency is another in-demand attribute of D.C. homes. Installing enhanced attic insulation, LED lighting, and new roofing will contribute to the overall assessment of your Washington D.C. real estate property as well as appeal to environmentally-conscious buyers. This type of upgrade also appeals to your bottom line—you’ll save money on heating and cooling. 

6. Upgrade to a smart home 

Safe and smart devices include thermostats, fire detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, security cameras, door locks, and light bulbs. Even your kitchen appliances can be smart these days with oven timers that ping your phone, heated floors that can be adjusted on an app while you’re away, laundry machines that can be started via phone, and more. There are so many great technologies that can add to the value (and lifestyle) of your home. 

When you begin considering a home improvement project, please don’t hesitate to contact me. One of my specialties is Washington D.C. real estate home valuation. For more information, click the link.