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5 Tips for Increasing the Value of Your Southern California Home

With the housing market continuing to rise, now could be the perfect time to consider different ways to increase your home's value. If you're in the market to sell or simply want to enjoy a refreshed space, you'll want to invest in projects that will not only improve the ability to sell but also increase your home’s overall worth. 

To help you out with this endeavor, we've compiled a list of tips and tricks that could yield results in no time at all!

How to Increase the Value of Your Home

1. UPGRADE YOUR WINDOWS AND DOORS

Refreshing your windows and doors adds value in triplicate. Your potential buyer’s first impression has to be good, or they won’t even ask to see the interior. New windows and doors are beautiful and help a home look well maintained. A home with broken or substandard windows and doors can feel shabby and unkempt.

Beyond aesthetics, this upgrade adds to the safety and security of the home. Tempered safety glass, proper egress windows, and improved locks all play a part in your home improvement plan.

Finally, prospective buyers won’t have to consider replacement costs. They can look at the long-term investment of the home without adding upkeep or upgrades to the current millwork. 

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2. UPDATE LIGHT FIXTURES AND WINDOW COVERINGS

Although furnishings typically don’t stay with the home, light fixtures and window coverings often do. Modernized light fixtures give the house an upgraded feel. Ample lighting makes a home feel welcoming and bright, inviting people in. 

Window coverings may seem like a minor upgrade, but they can add aesthetic value. Although they can be opened up to display a grand view, they also offer privacy when needed. They also help block heat transfer, which is something we think can add value here in Southern California. 

Furthermore, window coverings are like a finishing touch to a room. They can make a house feel move-in ready and give a feeling of coziness right away. 

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3. AESTHETIC IMPROVEMENTS

Paint – If your paint is chipping, faded, or stained, you want to spring for a couple of cans of paint and clean it up. New color in a room makes it feel fresh, clean, and well maintained.

Flooring – Similar to paint, new flooring makes a room feel fresh well kept. If the flooring is suitable, there’s no reason you can’t just clean it up or do some light maintenance to make it look lovely again. If you have tile floors, it’s relatively simple to replace the grout, which cleans up the entire space. Hardwoods often just need to be refinished, which is a big job but not as daunting or expensive as replacing the floors completely. And sometimes, they just need a good scrub. Break out the elbow grease and get to work. It’ll be worth it! 

Clean – Is your house filled with clutter, or does it look just a little bit too “lived-in”? Grab some totes and get rid of everything you can live without for the immediate future. Of course, you don’t know how long you’ll be living in a house that is for sale, so keep that in mind, but by uncluttering your home, potential buyers can see themselves in the place. 

Once you’re done decluttering, clean, clean, clean. You cannot have a house that’s too clean to show, but anything that isn’t spruced up is going to stand out. Sometimes it’s easier and more effective to hire professional cleaners who know how to get into the nooks and crannies and make sure everything is clean to your standards. 

4. UPDATE LANDSCAPING

Is your patio tired, or are your flower beds packed with weeds? It’s time to get that cleaned up, too! 

Again, curb appeal is one of the first things anyone sees when they drive up. If the flower beds are well kept, and the porch looks inviting, studies show that you'll get more qualified showings. Ensure the patio is clean, stain your decks if they need it, mow the lawn, and add fresh pops of color to the flower beds. 

5. EXTERIOR LIGHTING

Exterior lighting not only adds lovely ambiance to a space, it also provides safety features that will appeal to future homeowners. With proper lighting, you can see all points of your yard right up to your house, which discourages intruders. 

There are many things you can do that will add to the value of your home, and we’ve only discussed a few here as an excellent place to start. If you are interested in replacing your windows and doors in your current home, please give us a call. We’d love to help you improve your home’s resale value, safety, and beauty. 

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