Stretch That Dollar To Boost Your Home’s Value

Thinking about selling your home in 2019 but you’d like to sqeeeeeze a little more money out of your home? Well, stop what you’re doing and read on! I’m going to suggest a few ideas to help you get more bang for your buck. (And you’ll want to thank me by allowing me to list your home!!)

Fertilize Your Lawn this Spring 

Low Cost—Under $500

Here’s a fantastic way to create a great first impression. And first impressions can mean an additional $2,000 or $3,000 in your pocket at the closing table. A brown, patchy, dry lawn is never attractive.  For a few hundred dollars turn that lawn into the envy of the neighborhood and create a curb appeal can make the difference in getting an offer or folks passing on your home for a more attractive option.

Plan on about $0.03 a sq. foot. So, a 7500 sq. ft lawn will cost you about $225.  

Grab a Paint Brush

Low Cost—Under $500

A dingy, old or dated color can really hurt the resale value of your home. If you’re handy with a paint brush, there is virtually no better was to spruce up a room than to apply a new fresh coat of paint. Choose neutral paints in light colors to get the most appeal to the widest audience. (Keep in mind that the paint job should approach a professional level – meaning clean edges, full coverage, etc. Be honest and give yourself an honest appraisal of your ability. If it’s a bit lacking, hire a professional. It will only cost you a few hundred dollars more). 

A 200 sq. foot room will cost you about $375. (Plan on around $800 for a professional)

Install an Attic Fan

Low Cost—Under $500

It’s often overlooked, but here is a space and strategy that can save you lots of money over time and well as enhance your home’s value when you are ready to sell. Attics can become super-heated and raise your energy bill in the summer. In the winter they cause ice dams. Solution? Install an attic fan.

Average cost is about $350 for a space up to about 2,500 sq. ft.

Install A Kitchen Backsplash

Mid-Range Cost – $500 to $1,000

Kitchens are one of the most loved rooms in your home. And it is typically a gathering place for family and friends. So, why not spruce it up. With the remodel craze that has swept the country in recent years, there are a vast array of options. They can be easy to install and typically 20 sq. ft or so. So even if you spring for costly tile, it’s still relatively inexpensive. Update using glass times, trendy mosaics or colorful ceramic times.

Consider some online venues to explore creative design ideas including borders, outlines, etc.

Plan on $500 to $750 to install a 20 sq. ft ceramic backsplash. Premium tile will increase the price up to about $1,000  

Bamboo Flooring

Mid-Range Cost $1,250–$1,750

Bamboo flooring is gorgeous and can transform a room and the value of your home! It’s an eco-friendly wood flooring option that costs less than many other traditional hardwood floors. The cost of bamboo flooring is $5 to $8 per square foot. Installing bamboo flooring means gluing or nailing to a subfloor. Pro installation adds $3 to $5 per square foot.

If you plan on installing the floor yourself, plan on $1,600 for a 12×14 sq. ft. room. This includes the flooring and supplies.  

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