Increasing the value of your home doesn’t always require a significant amount of money or time. The benefits are far reaching. A lift in the value of your home can shorten the path to selling your current house so that you can move into a better residence. Of course, it will also improve your equity. These steps can increase your home’s value without breaking the bank.

Paint can do wonders
Apply a new layer of paint to each room at your house. Fresh paint is one of the quickest ways to give your house a face lift and increase the value of your home. Consider going with neutral colors, especially if you plan on selling your house soon.

Carpet can improve air quality
Installing new carpet or pulling up the existing carpet and going with hardwood floors is another way to enhance your entire house. Not only can new carpet lend your house a more modern look, new carpet can also improve your house’s air quality by getting rid of contaminants and allergens.

Live mold free
Check window edges, the bathroom, basement, kitchen and other areas where water collects for mold. Use a brush to scrub away mold. Make sure that you wear rubber gloves. If mold covers an entire wall or other large spot, contact a professional. You don’t want mold spores to spread.

Safety counts
To increase the value of your home, upgrade exterior and interior doors. Another option is to upgrade your door locks. A safe home is attractive to potential buyers. Concerning safety, make sure that windows in your home have safety locks on them and that they are designed to be opened from the inside instead of the outside.

Give the kitchen and bathroom a lot of attention
Upgrade bathroom and kitchen faucets. Brown, wood cabinets can also add value to your bathroom or kitchen. If you’re looking to save even more money on upgrades, consider hanging a decorative mirror over the bathroom sink and installing a shower spigot that has a massage feature. While you’re in the bathroom, lay new tile and add caulking to shower or tub edges.

Go for great lighting
Replace plain ceiling lights with stylish lights that also operate as ceiling fans. Save money on table lights by purchasing unique lamp shades. While you’re thinking about lighting, consider upgrading window treatments. For example, you could hang neutral colored blinds. Other options include cellular shades, roller shades, wood shades, drapes and vertical blinds.

Get outside
Work with your entire family to clean weeds, leaves and litter out of your front and back yards. Plant flowers at the edges of your house. Also, trim hedges and bushes. If your garage and house need to be washed, grab a hose and wash away dirt and stains. Adding new handrails to the front and back porch steps is another way to increase the current value of your home.

Your neighborhood also plays a role in the value of your home. Get involved in community and local government events. Report suspicious persons or activities. Get to know your neighbors and encourage the best in each other.

Living in an area that receives lots of tourist traffic offers rewards and challenges. Depending on your personality and lifestyle, buying or renting a home in a location that attracts thousands of tourists a day might be perfect. These lists of rewards and challenges could save you time, money and frustration. They can also help to prepare you for life in a city that, like a magnet, pulls in scores of people from around the country or world each day.

Rewards

  • Entertainment, arts, cultural and educational events abound in these cities. Many high profile events take place within several blocks, making it easy for you to take part in the events without having to travel far.
  • People from diverse backgrounds visit and live in a major metropolis. It’s a great way to interact with people from all over the world.
  • Food is as rich and diverse as are the people who live in the area. Whether you’re a vegan, vegetarian or meat eater, you’ll find something that pleases your appetite. Highly respected chefs often operate or prepare meals at restaurants in these fast-paced cities. When you dine, you could be feasting on a meal prepared by one of the world’s top chefs.
  • Professional sports teams make their home in the busiest towns. If you live in a city like Boston, New York or Miami, you’ll have a pick of professional sports teams that you can root for.
  • Finding an excellent college or university to attend should be easy. Schools in major cities are among the top in the nation.In addition to attracting talented students from around the country, these postsecondary schools attract some of the sharpest students in the world.
  • Thriving business districts are located in popular cities, giving you more opportunities to land a job that aligns with your passions.

Challenges

  • When you go downtown, you’ll have to move in and out of crowds. Buy or rent a house in a city like Orlando, Honolulu or New York and, during peak tourist seasons, you may find yourself weaving in and out of people just to walk down sidewalks.
  • Parking is not cheap. Expect to spend money each time you drive into town and need to park. That or opt to take public transportation when you visit high traffic spots in the city.
  • You won’t see a lot of trees and grass in the busiest parts of town. If you’re a nature lover, you may prefer buying a house 30 minutes or more away from the heart of the city.
  • Homes in popular cities are pricey. Apartment rents are higher in popular cities too. Work with an area savvy real estate agent to find the best housing options.

Buy or rent a house in a tranquil part of town and you might not feel like you’re living in a town that operates at high octane levels. You might not feel like the streets of the town that you live in are brewing with millions of people, locals and tourists. What you will have is the option to withdrawal from crowds or go into bustling, thriving places like shopping, arts, sports and cultural communities within minutes. That alone is a rare option that smaller, less talked about cities generally cannot offer.

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