Homeownership rates have made a slow but steady increase in the last several years.

With buyers looking to settle down and find their new dream home, you have a great opportunity to sell your house.

But before you put your home on the market, make sure you’re doing everything you can to get the most money for your home. Here are five great smart home improvements that will skyrocket your home’s value.

1. Curb (Appeal) Your Enthusiasm

One of the fastest and most efficient ways to add value to your home’s property is by improving what’s known as curb appeal.

So what counts as curb appeal? Pretty much anything people can see from the outside of your home.

That includes your home’s:

  • Roof.
  • Driveway.
  • Mailbox.
  • Paint.
  • Gutters.
  • Landscaping.

It’s a lot. But you don’t necessarily need to fix everything. As long as your house isn’t falling apart, you might be okay skipping the roof repairs.

At the very least, make sure to keep up with your landscaping and repair any cracks in the driveway.

Revamping your home’s landscaping alone can add 20% to your home’s value.

2. Brighten Your ROI With Solar Panels

Everyone wants to do their part to save energy.

Whether you’re concerned about climate change or just want to cut down on your energy bill, looking into alternative forms of energy is a great move, especially if you’re hoping to appeal to eco-friendly buyers.

Solar panels are a green, cost-effective way to power your home without spending a fortune. They don’t cost much to install and can save thousands of dollars over time.

While solar panels might not seem like the most obvious move, adding them to your home is a great investment.

3. Install Energy-Efficient Appliances

Solar panels aren’t the only green additions you should consider making, though.

Many companies, like Kenmore and Whirlpool, are committed to taking a greener approach to their appliances.

You can find an energy efficient model of just about every type of appliance, whether you’re looking to keep your home cool or save water.

4. Fix up Your Basement

This may not surprise you, but bigger homes tend to go for higher prices. With that said, adding an addition to your home can cost thousands of dollars. Not to mention the months it’d take to build the addition itself.

The answer has been beneath you this whole time — your basement!

While you may have to pay for carpeting, plumbing renovations, and a few other quick fixes, finishing a basement is an affordable project.

In essence, by finishing your basement you’ll add an entire new floor to your home.

5. Cook up a New Kitchen

The average person spends 37 minutes per day in their kitchen. Why not make those 37 minutes a bit more pleasant?

Get rid of your kitchen’s old, outdated appliances and shelving and make your kitchen look new again.

As mentioned above, there are plenty of wonderful eco-friendly fridges, stoves, and microwaves you can add to your kitchen. And new cabinets can give your kitchen a whole new look while only taking a few hours to install.

Sell Smarter With These Smart Home Improvements

Each of these smart home improvements is easy, affordable, and add a ton of value to your home. You’ll have plenty of offers in no time!

Looking for more smart ways to make and save money? Then be sure to check out our other posts!

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