Flipping houses is so mainstream, it has transcended into its own genre of television shows. However, you don’t need to be a contestant on a house-flipping show to increase your home’s value.

Reimaging your home can be done at home by starting with small changes to your house’s appearance. Not only should you make your home stylish, but your renovations should be practical to make the most profit possible.

It sounds counterintuitive, but spending more on attempting to make your home look high-end sees less return in profit. Instead, it is recommended that you focus on certain parts of your rooms that immediately call someone’s attention and have the most usage.

A minor kitchen remodel recoups 81% of its cost, as opposed to a higher-end remodel, which only sees a 53% return on investment, according to a 2018 Cost vs. Value Report by Remodeling Magazine. 

Here are a couple of ways that you can make your home feel modern, while simultaneously increasing your property’s worth: 

1. Painting

Typically, the first impression a prospective buyer or a guest will form about your home is based on the house’s color.

  • Make sure to paint both your home’s exterior and interior. A few coats of fresh paint will make your home look inviting. 
  • You should choose warm, neutral colors. This will make your home not only look elegant, but almost any furniture and decor will match your interior. Reserve louder colors for decorations. 

2. Upgrade Surfaces

You may not think much of them, but your countertops can make or break your home. Your kitchen’s countertops are one of the first things someone notices about your kitchen. The countertops in your bathroom are a statement piece. 

  • If your room’s walls are painted a neutral tone, make sure that your countertops are visually appealing. The last thing you want is for your rooms to be dull and lifeless. 
  • While some surfaces such as tile or solid surface can be painted, this is a move that might make your room look tacky. Why paint your countertops brown to emulate wood when can you invest in quality surfaces, such as granite, quartz, or marble? 
  • Not only is granite more durable than a paint job, but it is also durable and tough. Granite is the longest-lasting material for countertops. Granite is heat-resistant, and it does not absorb liquids. 
  • If you’re looking for a customizable material, you cannot go wrong with quartz. Quartz comes in a variety of colors, which include bold ones such as red or blue. Although quartz feels softer than granite, it is equally as durable. 
  • If you’re looking for something that is less expensive but just as eloquent as granite and quartz, marble is also a fantastic choice to consider for your countertops. Marble offers a timeless, classy look. It’s also resistant to scratches. 

3. Appliances

You should update most of the appliances if they are old or mismatching. You don’t have to replace every appliance, but if your microwave is a different color than your fridge, it’s time for an upgrade. 

  • Once you’ve painted your walls and invested in quality countertops, match your appliances to one another to create a cohesive look.
  • If your kitchen is sporting a new, white marble countertop, then all black appliances, such as a stovetop, a microwave, and a refrigerator would pair nicely with your kitchen’s atmosphere. 

Simply by sprucing up the key rooms in your home, such as your living room, kitchen, and bathrooms, the price of your home will exponentially increase.