Every homeowner should strive to increase the value of their home while they are using it. That will make the move and the upsizing that much easier and it shows that you've improved your home, while you lived in it.
1. Living area
One of the most common problems with living areas is the fact they take up a central place within a home. This means that they are used all the time and that they are not lit as well as other rooms in the home, since there are usually fewer walls than in other rooms.
The biggest upgrade you could make to a living room, therefore, is to add more light. This is best done by adding skylights to key areas of the room and thus making it more suited for entertaining.
2. Tearing down walls
There's a growing trend in home design that has found its way from offices to ordinary homes. It's a trend of having a large open plan area of the home with no walls at all. This provides a sense of sharing and actually using the home as a group. In short, it creates intimacy.
It's a rather big project and it will stop you from your using your home functionally for a while. However, it adds something to the property because it forces the occupants to use their home in a new and more meaningful way.
Bathrooms are often the rooms that influence potential buyers more than any other. They can show how well maintained a home is and how many problems are lurking underneath the surface. That's why you should inspect the bathroom for blocked drains and other plumbing problems before making a sale.
4. A yard
A yard is an often overlooked part of the home and it means a lot when a property is being sold. After all, it's the first thing that a potential buyer sees when they visit your home. Part of this is that you should simply keep it clean and well maintained. It's also a good idea to not make a yard overcrowded. This allows potential buyers to envision themselves living there.
At the same time, going the opposite way and creating a small patio that connects your yard with the home itself, could be the thing that makes a sale, since it's great for entertaining guests.
5. Don't go overboard
Have in mind that, when people buy a home, they are also buying its location. If you invest a lot of time and energy into giving your home a makeover, you will need to increase its price, and sometimes that's not a good way to sell a home. Expensive homes based in less than appealing neighbourhoods can't be sold easily.
Try to get them appraised by a professional before making an offer and they'll be able to offer you a price after the repairs as well. There are ways to add value to your home without breaking the bank. Try to think of the faults your home has and change things up based on how it's used.