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3 Budget-Friendly Home Upgrades to Increase Your Property Value

Updated: Jan 4

Are you planning to sell your home soon? If so, in this comprehensive guide, we will cover three essential things you must do to maximize your profits and three things you should avoid to ensure you don't leave money on the table., Making the right choices can make all the difference in your financial gains.




Hey, it's Or Yochanan. After transitioning from Amazon's engineering world to Austin's vibrant real estate scene in 2018, I noticed some gaps. So, using my tech-savvy background, I developed cutting-edge systems to optimize property searches. Today, I will share my best tips on how you can increase the value of your property to eventually sell it for more.


Let's dive in!



What You Should Avoid:


Solar Panels - Be Cautious About Installation:

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  • While solar panels can be great if you plan to stay in your home, they may not add sufficient value to justify the installation cost. Leased panels may be off-putting to potential buyers who don't want to assume a lease, and even if you own them, their value-add may not be considered significant in property appraisals, especially if they are older systems.



Garage Conversions - Avoid Hurting Curb Appeal:

do not transform your garage

  • Converting your garage into living space may seem like an appealing way to add square footage, but it can hurt your home's value. Most buyers prefer having a garage for storage and parking, so a garage conversion may deter potential buyers and decrease your home's curb appeal.





Bold Artistic Choices - Stick to Neutral Paint Colors:

bright color walls are no

  • While you may love bold and artistic paint choices, potential buyers might not share the same taste. Avoid repainting your home with red, yellow, pink, or any other unusual colors. Stick to neutral colors that appeal to a broader range of buyers.







The 3 Improvements:


Cosmetic Improvements - Small Changes, Big Impact:

neutral color house

  • Start by making small, affordable cosmetic improvements to increase the value and appeal of your home. If your walls have colorful paint, consider repainting them with neutral colors like white, light gray, or cream. Neutral colors help potential buyers visualize themselves in the space. If your carpets are old or stained, either replace or thoroughly clean them. Consider upgrading flooring in common living areas with luxury vinyl plank (LVP) or engineered wood for a more modern look. Additionally, add some basic landscaping to boost your home's curb appeal.

Kitchens and Bathrooms - Focus on Value-Adding Upgrades:

sketch of a kitchen and sketch of bathroom to show how important they are when staging a home

  • Invest in updates for your kitchen and bathrooms, as these areas have the most significant impact on your home's value.

  • • Consider replacing laminate countertops with granite and updating outdated bathroom vanities.

  • • Deep cleaning and caulking can make a difference

  • • Research comparable properties in the area to determine if the cost of renovations will be worthwhile. !Aim for at least a two-to-four-times return on your investment.




Stage and Depersonalize - Create an Inviting Atmosphere:

a keychain of a house on a door

  • Staging your home can make a substantial difference in how potential buyers perceive it.

  • - Remove clutter and personal items like family photos and decorations that might distract buyers from the house itself.

  • - Opt for minimalist, modern furniture for luxury condos and homier, rustic designs for ranch houses.

  • - High-quality photography is essential in making your listing stand out, so invest in professional photos to attract more buyers.




Conclusion - Increase Your Home Value:

By following these tips, you can position yourself to maximize profits when selling your home. Implementing small cosmetic improvements, focusing on value-adding upgrades, and creating an inviting atmosphere through staging and depersonalization will attract more buyers and potentially lead to higher offers. On the flip side, avoiding risky investments like solar panels, garage conversions, and artistic paint choices will help you preserve your home's value and ensure a smooth and successful selling process.


If you found this guide helpful and would like to learn more about property valuation, negotiation strategies, don't hesitate to contact us.


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