7 Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

Are you in the process of selling your home? Check out these surefire ways to attract more buyers and get top dollar offers.

Make sure your windows are energy-efficient windows

Energy efficient windows are a generic term in which no specific brand exclusively sells them, and you can buy at your local Lowes or Home Depot. If your house was built either before or in the early 1980s, there is a good chance your windows are not energy efficient and your house’s energy bill is higher than need be. The Department of Energy estimates that by installing windows with “Energy Star ratings“, the typical home can save around $125-$465 annually.

 Increase Curb Appeal

While it may not seem important, ones first impression of your home starts right at the beginning of your driveway. And what’s at the beginning of your driveway? A mailbox. Perhaps your mailbox is leaning over, rusted, rotten, or just cheap plastic. A high-quality rust-free aluminum mailbox can completely change the first impression of anyone stepping into your yard. It may cost a bit more than the cheap mailbox sitting at the end of your driveway, but first impressions don’t come cheap. Also, in the long run, the premium mailbox can save money.

Lower the Energy Bill and go high tech–Smart Thermostats 

Smart thermostats are relatively inexpensive for the value that they bring to the overall atmosphere of one’s home. While they are cool for being high tech, smart thermostats can save money by lowering the energy bill. The market leader in smart thermostats, Nest, estimates annual savings are on average $173. The Nest only costs $249 (many times even less) so it will certainly pay for itself.

Increase Home Security 

Making sure your home is safe and sound is a top priority of any homeowner, however, not every homeowner wants to put up security cameras all over. The solution, a smart doorbell. The Ring Doorbell is an affordable way to give homeowners eyes and ears at their front door no matter where they are in the world. The Ring Doorbell allows homeowners to see through the camera on the doorbell what is at their front door through their mobile phone and even talk to people who show up at the front door with the onboard microphone and speaker. The Ring Doorbell drastically ups home security efforts for only $99.

Install smart lighting solutions

Energy Star reports that lighting contributes about 12% of a home’s annual energy bill or in dollars, in the neighborhood of $264. There are countless occurrences in all of our lives when we forget to turn off the lights. Motion detected light switches can help cut the energy bill by never forgetting to turn off the lights for you. The great thing is that motion detecting light switches can cost as little as $20.

Bluetooth speakers

Bluetooth speakers can be the feature throughout your home that gives guests a better environment or the feature that makes a potential buyer fall in love with your home. Having a set of up to date Bluetooth speakers allow music to flow naturally from room to room in your home. The Sonos Bluetooth Speaker System has built a reputation over the years to be the best in the business for providing the best sounding speakers around the home.

Sorry, expensive, but Update that Kitchen!

If you are trying to sell your home, updating the kitchen is the best way to increase home value and can exponentially increase a home’s ability to be sold quickly on the market. While it may not be cheap or quick, doing this can make the whole process of selling a home go so much smoother when showing the home.

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