8 Ways to Show Your Home Love
This Valentine’s Day, why not show some extra love to your home? After all, home is where the heart is! What’s more, in today’s red hot seller’s market, you can definitely recoup any investment you put into your home — and then some! Here are 8 simple ways to show your home some TLC this V-Day.
#1. Easy DIY Upgrades
Who doesn’t love a good DIY project? Even if you’re not planning on listing your home anytime soon, small improvements are always a good idea to keep your home updated and increase it's value. Here are some no-fuss projects that you can knock out in a weekend are:
- Install a touchless faucet on your kitchen sink.
- Swap out your drawer pulls for something modern, fun, and fresh.
- Replace your lighting fixtures. Looking for drama? Add a chandelier. Looking for local charm? Try tropical fixtures.
- Add wallpaper for a pop of pattern and color. Wallpaper is back, but you don’t want to cover your entire home à la the 1970s. Pick a room or accent wall and choose a fun, bold print to express yourself.
#2. Paint the Town Red — Or Any Color
Fresh paint goes a long way when it comes to increasing home values. It also yields an excellent return on investment. On average, people who paint the inside and outside of their homes see a value bump of $4,000+! That’s a 107% return on investment for painting the inside and a 55% return on investment for painting the outside!
If you’re looking for a smaller paint project, start with just the front door or trim. A fresh pop of color will do wonders when it comes to increasing your curb appeal and giving your home a little more heart.
#3. Goodbye Popcorn Ceiling
Nothing dates a home faster than a popcorn ceiling. Did you know that in addition to being quite unsightly, popcorn ceilings can also be unsanitary? They harbor dust, dirt, and even cobwebs — ewww! The good news is you can easily remove your popcorn ceiling with a drywall knife and a wet/dry vacuum.
#4. Turn Up the Coziness
There’s nothing better than a cozy home, especially for cuddling up in on Valentine’s Day! Buyers also love charming houses, so any cozy upgrades you make now will surely pay off when it’s time to sell. Consider fuzzy throws and pillows, an herb garden on your window sill, or some dimmers to create mood lighting. Your oasis awaits!
#5. Upgrade Your Appliances
Nothing transforms a kitchen quite like beautiful, working appliances. Consider purchasing one new appliance, such as a fridge or stove, to add a "wow factor" to your kitchen. If you’re not up to dole out the cash for entirely new appliances, a few repairs to ensure your current ones are in working order will do the trick. Now’s the time to finally get around to fixing that dented dishwasher, broken garbage disposal, or burned-out light in the refrigerator. The kitchen undergoes the most scrutiny by potential buyers, so this is one investment that’s sure to be well worth it.
#6. Freshen Up the Floors
Another area that potential buyers heavily scrutinize is the floors. Now’s the perfect time to have your hardwood floors refinished, give your tile and grout a deep cleaning, and add some plush area rugs to cover any problem areas or to increase a room’s coziness and stylishness. If you’ve got a lot of carpet in your home, consider replacing a room or two — or at least giving the carpet a good steam cleaning.
#7. Give Your Home a Deep Cleaning
If your budget is tight or you’re just not up to DIY projects, consider giving your home the deep cleaning you’ve been putting off. We’re talking clearing clutter and getting rid of things you no longer need, cleaning ceilings and cobwebs, dusting fans, cleaning walls, cabinets, floors, and more. Give your home a sparkle that even Cupid would be proud of!
#8. Sweeten Your Space by Rearranging Furniture
A little feng shui can go a long way when it comes to lifting your overall mood and view of your home. Try rearranging furniture, like your dining room table, couches, chairs, and lamps, to create a new look without much effort.
We hope these tips have inspired you on how you can spiff up your home this Valentine’s Day.
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