Column: Updating your home, increasing home value
Commentary by David Decker
It’s that time of year again: real estate season. You may have noticed more houses going up for sale in your community. If you’re considering hiring a realtor and selling your home, are you ready? Is your home reflecting what buyers are looking for?
If your budget is modest and you want a quick update, consider tackling a small or half bath first. There are attractive tile flooring options that won’t break the bank, such as vinyl tile or vinyl planks. Stylish, modern faucets can be replaced in an afternoon and still provide an updated look. Is your bathroom still sporting can lights or spotlights from the ’80s? It might be time to let those go. If you’re not familiar with electrical projects, it’s worth it to hire a professional to get it done right the first time. New lighting is not only fashionable but can brighten up your space immensely.
If your bathrooms are in good shape and you have a bigger budget, you might focus on your kitchen. If your appliances are dated, you can look at updating to stainless steel. Faded or chipped cabinets can be refinished to a modern white or a trendy neutral color, such as gray or even sage green. Updating your countertops is always a good idea. Granite is still popular, though other materials like quartz, solid wood, or marble are gaining interest. Kitchens sell houses above all else so make sure your kitchen is something people will remember.
Any kitchen or bathroom remodel should always increase the value of your home and thus help with resale later. If you’re still stuck on where to begin, give us a call at 317-575-9540. We’ve worked with many homeowners to help update their homes and can help you, too.