Karen Scopetski - Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage-Vice President, MA real estate single family


Whether you plan on selling your house in the next few years, or if you just want to make some much needed updates to your home, renovations can be a great way to increase the value of your property.

However, not all updates will pay for themselves. Some upgrades that we want for personal reasons, such as building an addition for more space, could come back to haunt you if it isn’t to the taste of potential homebuyers in the future.

So, in this article, we’re going to talk about five simple updates to your home that have the best chance of increasing its selling price. That way, when you do finally decide to move on from your home, you can sell for the price you know your home is worth.

Improve your lighting

You don’t have to be a carpenter to increase the value of your home. When a potential buyer enters your home for the first time, two of the first things they’ll notice are the lighting and the spaciousness of the room.

Since lighting is an essential part of creating spaciousness, increasing the former will also increase the latter.

So, what are some ways you can increase lighting?

  • Add recessed lights to the ceilings of your home. It will open up space in the ceiling and allow for a greater number of lights overall.

  • Add lighting under the cabinets in your kitchen

  • Use large mirrors for decoration to increase lighting and create the illusion of spaciousness in smaller rooms

Painting for the modern homeowner

Home decor trends come and go. Not long ago, wallpaper was the go-to choice. However, the surest way to increase the value of your home is to use bright and neutral colors since, statistically, these appeal to the largest number of people.

Fresh paint and good lighting work together to make your home seem more polished and modern. And, for just a few hundred dollars, you can paint your whole home.

Remember, however, that it is easy to scuff up the walls in your home. So, it’s a good idea to paint closer to the date you think you’ll be trying to sell.

Low maintenance landscaping

While there are people who enjoy mowing the lawn on Saturday morning, those people tend to be few and far between. One thing potential buyers will consider when viewing your home is how difficult it will be to take care of the yard.

Adding an irrigation system, removing unnecessary obstacles, and planting hardy bushes and plants will woo potential buyers.

Upgrade the most outdated room in your home

If your home is in need of serious upgrades, it’s best to start with the room that needs it the most, especially if that room is a bathroom or kitchen. Replacing an old vanity or putting new tile down can be simple ways to spruce up a bathroom that’s looking dated.

Fix the little things

If you have a couple of years before you plan to sell, that gives you time to fix the small issues that you’ve noticed and will continue to notice. Maintaining your home now will give you less to worry about when the time comes to sell, and you don’t want to be dealing with leaking faucets when that day arrives.



156 Pleasant ST, Northborough, MA 01532

Single-Family

$769,900
Price

8
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
Gorgeous custom crafted new construction home in mature neighborhood setting! Superior amenities & endless upgrades. Quality construction by local builder. Gorgeous open foyer w/turned stairs & custom moldings. Gracious family room w/recessed lighting & custom mantel around gas fireplace. Gorgeous cabinet packed white kitchen w/center island, Quartz counters, recessed lighting & high end stainless steel appliances. Front to back formal dining & living room w/custom crown molding & chair rail. Hardwoods first floor & upper hall. 7 inch baseboard, 9 ft ceilings, mud room. 2nd flr laundry. Cathedral Master suite includes sitting area, walk in closet & large master bath w/double vanity, Quartz counters, large tiled shower & soaking tub. Main bath w/double vanity, tiled shower/tub. Spray foam insulation w/closed cell in basement & open cell thru-out for energy efficiency. Desirable Pleasant street location walking distance to town, elementary & middle schools! 3 already sold! To be built.
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6 Strawberry Ln, Hudson, MA 01749

Condo

$374,900
Price

6
Rooms
2
Beds
2
Baths
Well maintained 55+ Townhome in popular Village of Quail Run! Ready for immediate occupancy! Lovely bright kitchen with white cabinets, granite counters, tiled backsplash is open to the eat-in kitchen area w/double window. Hardwood floors glisten throughout the kitchen, dining room, living room, & front entry hall. Enjoy the bright & open vaulted living room with gas fireplace & slider to composite deck. Formal dining room w/custom moldings. 1st floor Master features cathedral ceiling, walk in closet & master bath w/Jacuzzi tub, separate shower, double sinks & sparkling white tile. 2nd guest bedroom on main level & full bath. 1st floor laundry. Upstairs , spacious loft with skylight for office/family/tv room. The unfinished, expansive basement offers endless options. Rear deck with privacy & covered front porch offer a space for outdoor enjoyment! . Enjoy Clubhouse activities for the social aspect that will keep you young & active, nearby shopping, restaurants & highway access!
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194 Hopedale St, Hopedale, MA 01747

Single-Family

$449,900
Price

11
Rooms
4
Beds
2/1
Full/Half Baths
This charming cape style home includes expansive addition w/over 3300 square feet of living space! In-law possibility or Master suite includes sunken family room w/cathedral ceiling, full bathroom , kitchen, cathedral master bedroom, 2nd bedroom & separate entrance. Living room includes a wood burning fire place, beautiful wood trim & adjoining study. The spacious cherry kitchen has newer stainless appliances, wood ceiling, recessed lighting, tons of corian counter space. Cathedral family room with picture window off kitchen. Open floor plan for todays lifestyle. Tons of hardwood flooring & skylights. Second floor has full bath & two additional bedrooms. In-law could easily be converted to a great room & first floor master suite to accommodate single-family living. New Anderson windows in main house, new roof 2019, new mitsubishi a/c units, new garage doors, updated electrical. Enjoy the In- ground pool, 2 deck areas, shed & fenced back yard provide many options for outdoor relaxation
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When you have a small yard, you may feel like there’s not much you can do with your landscaping scheme. The good news is that there is plenty that you can do to perk up your yard and give it some character. Read on for tips for your small yard. 


A Yard With A View


First, you should create a focal point in your yard. You want a place that your eyes are drawn to each time you enter your yard. This focal point could be a fountain, a pergola, a tree, or even some outdoor artwork.


Create An Intimate Spot


Even though your backyard might be small, having a spot for intimate conversation and entertaining can be a nice touch to your yard. When there is a space that exists for reading, relaxing, eating, or whatever you like to do outside, it becomes more inviting. This is landscaping with a purpose.   



Use Color To Your Advantage


Make bold colors pop in your yard. Attention will be detracted from the size of your yard and the focus will switch to the beautiful blends and colors that are in the space. Placing bright colors strategically will even make your yard appear larger. 



Trick Imagery


By creating a focal point and allowing your yard to form in long, clean lines, the perspective of the outdoor space will change from small to just right. One trick is to use fences to define your yard. If you have a garden, you can use a small fence to define this area. Define the boundaries of your backyard with a fence as well. Repeating rows of flowers or bushes is another way to create those straight, defining lines. 


Use Vertical Features


When space is limited, just as you would in the inside of your house, don’t be afraid to go up! You can plant things that grow on a vine and can be tamed with a trellis or pergola. This creates and elegant effect in your home. 


No Lawn No Problem


If your yard is small enough that you may not even have much grass, don’t fret. Any kind of greenery can help you to enjoy nature. Whether you live in a rural area or a large cityscape, there’s always room for plant life and green natural accents.      


Don’t Forget To Add What You Love


If you have an admiration for sitting by the fire, you certainly should install a fire pit. If you want a fountain, you should install it. No matter what the size of your yard, it’s a place that you love and should serve you and your needs. No yard is too small for enjoyment. The key is that your outdoor space allows you to bask in the glory of your own little piece of natural heaven.    


 





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