The Best Improvements To Increase Your Home’s Value

Whether you’re thinking of selling in the spring or in the distant future, there are many ways to increase the value of your home.

But not all home improvement projects are equally beneficial when it comes to adding value that you’ll recoup when you sell. Here are the best improvements to make:

Flexible Floor Plan

Upgrades that add physical square footage or make your home feel more spacious will be good investments.

Increasing square footage by building (such as adding an apartment over the garage) can be an excellent choice but expensive. Another solution to save money is to reinvent an existing room! Living areas that are flexible and can serve a variety of purposes will appeal greatly to potential buyers. 

Finishing a basement is often the best way to add living area and square footage to your home. Basements and attic spaces can be transformed to guest bedrooms, theater rooms, home gyms, man-caves, game rooms, craft rooms, etc.

If structurally possible, consider knocking out the right wall. This can help to create a more open layout which buyers prefer and it may let in more natural light.

Curb Appeal

How does your home look from the other side of the street? Is it welcoming and attractive? Curb appeal is all about a great first impression.

Small improvements to your home’s exterior can include:

  • Landscaping
  • Painting or replacing the front door
  • A garage door replacement


For most people, the kitchen is the heart of the home so it’s a room that needs to “wow”. But don’t worry about a full-scale remodel. That’s not necessary. Even minor updates can have a big impact. For example: 

  • Upgrade cabinetry
  • Install a new tile backsplash
  • New faucets, drawer knobs, etc.
  • Replace countertops with quartz or marble
  • Modern appliances 

Energy-­efficient Upgrades

Green features are a fantastic investment which can significantly lower your home’s energy bill. Think:

  • High-efficiency windows.
  • Replace old appliances like refrigerators with Energy Star-rated appliances.
  • Replace old toilets with low-flow fixtures.


Flooring matters! Floors that are worn or scratched are an eyesore that’s hard to ignore and off-putting for homebuyers. If you’re on a budget, there are certain areas where floors are more important: the kitchen and bathrooms. New tiling or hardwood in these rooms are a worthwhile investment.

When choosing new flooring, hardwood floors are more desirable but if that’s not an option than new carpeting is always better than shabby, old carpeting.

Fresh Paint

A fresh coat of paint can really make a difference!

  • If you don’t have the budget to repaint your entire home, we recommend repainting in high traffic areas as well as the exterior.
  • Another way to revitalize your home exterior without repainting is to pressure wash it, removing dirt and debris.
  • If you aren’t repainting, then be sure to carefully touch up any flaking or paint chips. 

Structural Strength

Everyone wants a safe and solid home. Basic improvements and maintenance are important in keeping up the good health of your property.

Homebuyers want to know that the home’s structure, roof, heating system, plumbing, and electricity are all in fine working order.

Sell with MOVE Real Estate

Are you thinking of selling your home? MOVE Real Estate would love to help you sell with our local real estate expertise. We even provide free home staging for our clients! Feel free to contact our team anytime.

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