Tips for Increasing your Home’s Value

Being a Realtor and a resident of Serrano, I see many homes with the same floor plan and the original basic builder options. To set your home apart from the others, don’t overlook the finishing touches that help add value and style.

Kitchen
An updated kitchen is perhaps the most profitable investment you can make to a house.  A few finishing touches can change the overall look of the room.
Replacing a faucet is a relatively simple and inexpensive update that can instantly liven up the kitchen. Adding decorative pendant lighting over an island area, replacing outdated knobs and a sleek new faucet can add a great deal of style to the kitchen.  
If replacing the dated cabinetry is not in your budget, consider refacing. Painting, staining or adding veneers will transform the once drab kitchen into a prime selling point to a potential buyer.


Bathroom
Bathroom fixtures can be found in affordable sets that offer a hand towel holder, a towel bar and a toilet paper holder. Pairing the updated fixtures with a new bathroom faucet can change the whole feel of the room. Switching out the shower curtain for a bathtub enclosure will make the bathroom appear much larger (and prevents the common dry rot around the tub).  Inexpensive bathroom mirrors can be hard to come by, especially for larger rooms. Framing in the builder grade mirror can be a good option. Many tutorials on how to do this yourself can be found on Pinterest or YouTube.

Tip for kids bathrooms – switch out the towel bar for towel/bathrobe hooks to keep the bathroom looking tidy. The kids will be more likely to hang their towels and it will look better when they do!

Dining room
When it comes to updating a house, the dining room is often forgotten. Switching out the dated chandelier and setting the table can add a great deal of decorative appeal.



Before purchasing any fixtures in the hardware store, search online. Amazon often has the same items for less. Lacking inspiration? Houzz.com is a wonderful website to get ideas from.