This article, written by Larry Abbott was published in the April 8, 2023 Sunday edition of the Houston Chronicle. Read it online
Remodeling your home can be a great way to increase its value and appeal to potential buyers when you’re planning on selling. Here are some key areas to focus on when remodeling:
Kitchen: The kitchen is often the heart of the home, and remodeling it can have a significant impact on your home’s value. Consider updating your countertops, cabinets, flooring and appliances to create a more modern and functional space.
Bathrooms: Like the kitchen, the bathrooms are also important rooms to focus on when remodeling. Consider updating fixtures, adding new tiles or flooring, and replacing older vanities. If your shower is outdated, you may want to remodel and update with a glass shower enclosure which can add significant value when selling. Additionally, new lighting and paint are relatively easy improvements that can really make a difference in this room.
Curb appeal: The exterior of your home is the first thing potential buyers will see, so it’s essential to make a good impression. Consider repainting the exterior, updating the landscaping, and replacing older windows and doors.
Flooring: If your home’s flooring is outdated or damaged, it can significantly impact its value. Consider replacing carpeting with hardwood or laminate flooring or updating old tile with newer modern options.
Lighting: Fix broken lighting and replace bulbs inside and out as someone may want to view your home at night. Energy efficient LED bulbs come in different color temperatures, choose those that compliment your specific space. Consider updating older lighting fixtures to more modern ones. Outdoors, solar-powered lamps along the path will welcome visitors. Tree lighting is very hot now. Moon Light kits (lights from above) can be installed at any height in trees, even 80′ up. Truly a magical way to light your special trees in your landscape.
Storage: Storage is always a key selling point, so consider adding storage options such as built-in shelving, closets, or even a garage organization system.
Energy efficiency: Energy-efficient features such as new windows, insulation, and appliances can not only help to sell your home but can also save the buyer money in the long run. Installing a smart thermostat can appeal to buyers who are looking for energy savings.
Remember, when remodeling your home, it’s important to strike a balance between what will appeal to potential buyers and what is within your budget. Focus on updates that will provide the best return on investment and create a space that is both functional and attractive.
The value of your home will depend on various factors such as the location, the real estate market, and the specific features and condition of your home. Be sure to work with a professional remodeler to make sure the work is done right the first time.