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Six Home Value Hacks To Unlock The Money Hidden In Your Home

Reveal your homes hidden value in six easy steps

Simple home value hacks and improvements have the power to unlock unlimited value from within your home.
We spent some time with our homeowner experts to find out how you can significantly improve your home’s value. It doesn’t take a home-building wizard to make your home more valuable in a very short space of time and for nominal extra expense.

Many simple tricks and home improvement hacks can increase your home’s value without ever breaking a sweat. Here are the top six value adding projects for your home to improve the value of the property and make your home more attractive to new buyers.

Upgrade Old Appliances and Technology

Modern sleek appliances in a freshly painted kitchen with lots of natural light can add a whole lot of value to your home. New stainless steel ranges, refrigerators, and dishwashers provide a welcome touch to busy kitchens in the home.

Nobody is suggesting that you have to go full throttle and turn your property into the latest Alexa powered smart home. Somewhere positioned nicely in the middle of all this will do just fine when attracting buyers at the highest prices. Did you know that potential home buyers rate modern appliances at the top of their wish list. The energy savings are a nice bonus as well. Estimated Return on Investment15-30%

Add A Fresh Coat of Paint To Your Best Rooms

Painting is one of the easiest and most value-adding things you can do to your home. All it takes are a brush, paint container, and some good paint. We recommend Behr Premium Plus paint. Stick to neutral light friendly wall colors for maximum resale value. Estimated Return on Investment: As much as 350%

Upgrade Old Windows and Doors

Windows and doors bring so much character to a home. Their usefulness goes way beyond their looks. Solid windows and doors provide comfort and huge energy savings.

The problem is that most windows and doors are fairly old. Over time, their ability to block out unwanted cold/hot air can take a huge toll on your energy bill. This is an improvement definitely worth your hard earned money. Estimated Return on Investment: 65-90%

Work on Improving The Lighting Especially Natural Light

Old lighting fixtures make your house look dull and uninviting. Spending $90 on new lighting highlights all the key selling areas. This is also a good time to change the light bulbs to efficient LED models. Estimated Return on Investment: 130-190%. Plus look at whether there are ways to improve the natural light in the key rooms of the house.

Convert Unused Grass Areas In The Garden Or Yard

It’s no secret that home-grown vegetables and fruit taste delicious. But did you know that 75% of 35 and under home shoppers rate garden beds as a must have? Converting grass to garden beds is actually quite easy. Estimated Return on Investment: 75-95%

Making these easy, non time intensive updates can increase your home’s value by untold amounts. It also can make a huge difference whether the property sells or stays on the markets for years. Now it’s time to roll up those sleeves and get to work making some long overdue changes!

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Chris Blagden

Chris is a lead reporter for FinanceInsider. He covers the financial world; specializing in autos, consumer finance and insurance. He enjoys reading with a glass of wine, and traveling with his wife.

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