Granite Tile and Other Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home

by Allia Vidmer on January 18, 2010

If you are getting ready to sell your home, before listing it on the market you will need to first look over the property with a critical eye. If your home doesn’t look like a million bucks, so to speak, you have some more work to do in order to get it into shape to sell. There is a big difference between the selling potential of a house in average condition, with no recent updates, and a house with even superficial updates. There are many quick ways that you can dramatically improve the appearance of your home, such as painting, installing fashionable new flooring such as granite tile, and updating accent items such as fixtures, doorknobs, and even sink and bathtub faucets.

New paint: Painting your house, both inside and out, is a great way to maximize your curb appeal as well as how the interior of the house shows. Even if your interior paint still seems to you like it’s in good condition, it probably is a little dirty, not to mention there are probably plenty of nail holes in the walls from hanging pictures and other decorations over the years. You might also consider painting the walls something more interesting than plain old white; earth tones and other darker colors are particularly trendy right now, and will make your home look more modern and move-in ready.

Don’t forget the exterior paint. First impressions start from the moment a potential buyer drives by or pulls up to the curb. A fresh coat of paint on the exterior is a great way to impress them before they even step out of the car. Plus, there is value attached to painting the exterior of your home: A house needs to be painted every few years in order to protect the siding, so if you do it before you list your home for sale, that means one less thing your buyers will have to think about for a while, which can be a huge selling point.

Granite tile: One great way to make your home look more modern and hip is to install granite tile flooring. This type of flooring looks great in entryways or foyers, kitchens, and bathrooms. Some people even put granite tile on their kitchen and bathroom countertops, a less expensive (but just as great looking) alternative to solid granite counters. Because granite is so popular in new homes, updating your home with granite flooring, tile countertops, and new fixtures can make it show that much better when you list it on the market.

Hardwood: Hardwood floors are another way to ensure your house shows really well. These days there are a lot more options if you want hardwood flooring. You no longer have to have the traditional types of flooring installed, which can be very expensive and time consuming. Instead, there is a cheaper type called engineered flooring, which is made up of several layers. The very top layer is wood, which gives you the look of traditional flooring without the expense or the difficult installation.

Fixtures, faucets, and doorknobs, oh my!: Finally, don’t forget all of the small touches; even if they seem small to you, they can make a big difference in people’s first impressions of your home. If your home has 30-year-old, obviously out-of-date doorknobs and light fixtures, anyone viewing the house is going to take it to mean that nothing has been updated in a very long time, which could hurt your chances of selling it for a good price. Even light switches and outlet covers can benefit from being updated.

These updates can range dramatically in price, from ten or twenty dollars per doorknob, to $1,000 or more for new flooring. However, all of these updates, even the granite tile, are relatively inexpensive and easy to do when compared to the expense of completely remodeling a kitchen or bathroom — yet they can have a huge impact on the impression your home makes on someone who is seeing it for the first time.

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