Whether you’re selling now, planning to sell in the future, or just want peace of mind, there are always things you can do to improve the value of your home.
Check out this list of 15 items that will attract buyers and make the place you call home that much more special.
^Home Office: Technology has made it possible for more and more people to work out of their homes. By updating your home office or designating a space to a new one, you show your homes full potential.
(Pictured: 9226 Hathaway St., Dallas)
^Master Suite: A master bedroom with its own bathroom has become an expected amenity these days. If you don’t have one, try to find the budget and space to create a master suite. If you do, focus on amplifying storage space.
(Pictured: 3210 Carlisle St. 51H, Dallas)
^Family Room: Everyone’s looking for a comfortable, open space to fill with family and friends. Make sure your room looks this way by drawing attention to windows and natural light. A fireplace is almost always a plus.
(Pictured: 9029 Broken Arrow Lane, Dallas)
^Kitchen: This space can make or break your home. As long as you stay reasonable with materials and design, you’re going to get your money back and then some on a kitchen remodel.
(Pictured: 6601 La Cosa Drive, Dallas)
^Bathroom: Have you ever heard of a home having too many bathrooms? How about too few? If your home has fewer bathrooms than bedrooms or no bathroom on the main floor, think about adding another full or half-bath. Additionally, if you have an old, dingy bathroom, consider an update that is simple and clean.
(Pictured: 5418 Deer Brook Road, Garland)
^Windows: Did you know that, on average, 30% of your home’s energy is lost through its windows? If your windows are in bad shape or you’re looking to impress buyers, upgrade to energy efficient windows that will last and save the future owners money for years to come.
(Pictured: 9836 Gooding Drive, Dallas)
^Basement: Though it’s not the most common feature in DFW, a basement can add a major value to your home. If the ceilings aren’t too low a basement can be the ideal space for an office, playroom, media room, or spare bedroom.
(Pictured: 12541 Renoir Lane, Dallas)
^Deck: Outdoor space is at a premium these days. On average, the addition of a deck brings a 76% return on investment. Typically, they’re not too expensive to build and they create an entirely new living space.
(Pictured: 11120 FM 678, Whitesboro)
^Landscaping: An overgrown and poorly maintained yard isn’t appealing to anyone. Liven things up with some color, height, and possibly a designated seating and/or entertaining space.
(Pictured: 3612 Villanova St., University Park)
^Paint: A few coats of paint is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to update your home. If you’re selling, keep things light and neutral so that buyers can easily image their things in your space.
(Pictured: 1314 Cardinal Creek Drive, Duncanville)
^Flexibility: Your house is yours to make your own, but if you think you may sell in the future try not to over-customize. Again, buyers need to be able to see themselves and their things working in your home, so try not to pigeonhole your spaces.
(Pictured: 9629 Whitehurst Drive, Dallas)
^Blending: When adding an addition, choose materials that blend well with the existing house. Carry over design elements from the original house in order to create a flawless transition.
(Pictured: 9610 El Patio Drive, Dallas)
^Exterior: Though we’ve been told to do otherwise, people do judge homes based on curb appeal and first impressions. Put the best foot forward by sprucing up your home’s roof, exterior paint, siding, and garage doors.
(Pictured: 5715 Wortham Lane, Dallas)