Linda Lohnes | Manchester Real Estate, East Hartford Real Estate, Middletown Real Estate


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.


ONE OF A KIND FLOOR PLAN, custom & unique, SPECTACULAR & METICULOUSLY maintained open floor plan for great entertaining w/lots of natural light (transoms over all windows) 9' ceilings & gleaming hdwd flrs on 1st flr; DETACHED RANCH in over 55 community w/2 car attached garage w/MANY UPGRADES WHEN BUILT; window & tiled four season Sunroom w/french doors is where you will spend all your time! Spacious front porch; Grandiose eat-in Kitchen you will love featuring stylestone counters, lots of cabinets & pantry, stainless steel appliances, island seats 4, roomy area for table; Living Room w/gas fireplace; formal Dining Room; spacious master bedroom en-suite on 1st floor w/large walk-in closet & generous bathroom w/whirlpool tub; laundry & mud room off kitchen & garage; 2nd floor features 2nd bedroom and full bath for guests and office/study; plenty of storage in walk-in attic area off 2nd floor office/study, pull-down stairs storage in garage & full walk-out unfinished basement; fully lined CEDAR CLOSET in basement (8x8); C/AIR; Alarm System; Large 15x12 deck off Sunroom; close proximity to Rte 84 & UCONN; Enjoy our trails, pond & gazebo; Association fee includes all exterior maintenance, repair and replacement of siding, roof, windows. Owner does not have to hire and contract for these items to be done when needed. Utilities are approx: Heat 2017 $878; electric monthly $75-100; water quarterly $60. Concrete info in disclosures. One person has to be 55, all others over 21..

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27 Hawthorn Hill, Tolland, CT 06084  

Residential
$369,000
Price
6
Total Rooms
2
Bedrooms
3/1
Full/Half Baths
ONE OF A KIND FLOOR PLAN, custom & unique, SPECTACULAR & METICULOUSLY maintained open floor plan for great entertaining w/lots of natural light (transoms over all windows) 9' ceilings & gleaming hdwd flrs on 1st flr; DETACHED RANCH in over 55 community w/2 car attached garage w/MANY UPGRADES WHEN BUILT; window & tiled four season Sunroom w/french doors is where you will spend all your time! Spacious front porch; Grandiose eat-in Kitchen you will love featuring stylestone counters, lots of cabinets & pantry, stainless steel appliances, island seats 4, roomy area for table; Living Room w/gas fireplace; formal Dining Room; spacious master bedroom en-suite on 1st floor w/large walk-in closet & generous bathroom w/whirlpool tub; laundry & mud room off kitchen & garage; 2nd floor features 2nd bedroom and full bath for guests and office/study; plenty of storage in walk-in attic area off 2nd floor office/study, pull-down stairs storage in garage & full walk-out unfinished basement; fully lined CEDAR CLOSET in basement (8x8); C/AIR; Alarm System; Large 15x12 deck off Sunroom; close proximity to Rte 84 & UCONN; Enjoy our trails, pond & gazebo; Association fee includes all exterior maintenance, repair and replacement of siding, roof, windows. Owner does not have to hire and contract for these items to be done when needed. Utilities are approx: Heat 2017 $878; electric monthly $75-100; water quarterly $60. Concrete info in disclosures. One person has to be 55, all others over 21..


A PRICE THAT CANNOT BE BEAT WITH ALL THE UPDATES AND AMENITIES NEW HOMEOWNERS WANT! Completely updated Colonial nestled on a quiet well established street featuring 3 bedrooms, 2 full updated, double sink, tiled baths, jetted tub, all hardwood floors, generous closets thruout, conversion to natural gas, brand new C/AIR, 1 car garage with plenty of parking, finished lower level adds approx. 300 sf, additional lower level space for storage, Kloter Farms shed, nice back yard with your own blueberries, raspberries, rhubarb and grapes; lovely front 4 season sun room with loads of light which doubles as a mudroom; updated eat-in kitchen with skylights, hardwood floors, stainless appliances, double ovens (one is convection); Roofing, siding, windows, driveway new within the last 10 years. Nothing to do but move in! 8th utilities tax district $614/year.

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12 Westfield Street, Manchester, CT 06042  

Residential
$205,000
Price
8
Total Rooms
3
Bedrooms
2
Baths
A PRICE THAT CANNOT BE BEAT WITH ALL THE UPDATES AND AMENITIES NEW HOMEOWNERS WANT! Completely updated Colonial nestled on a quiet well established street featuring 3 bedrooms, 2 full updated, double sink, tiled baths, jetted tub, all hardwood floors, generous closets thruout, conversion to natural gas, brand new C/AIR, 1 car garage with plenty of parking, finished lower level adds approx. 300 sf, additional lower level space for storage, Kloter Farms shed, nice back yard with your own blueberries, raspberries, rhubarb and grapes; lovely front 4 season sun room with loads of light which doubles as a mudroom; updated eat-in kitchen with skylights, hardwood floors, stainless appliances, double ovens (one is convection); Roofing, siding, windows, driveway new within the last 10 years. Nothing to do but move in! 8th utilities tax district $614/year.




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