There are many ways to add value to your home in Costa Rica. Here are some tips on how to get the most bang for your buck.
If you're a homeowner in Costa Rica looking to add value to your home, there are so many ways to do so. Whether you are on a budget or not, you have plenty of options!
Inspect your home
The first and most important step is to take a moment to inspect your home. Walk around your entire home, inside and out, and take notice of its current state. Things such as peeling paint, door latches that don't work, dripping taps, loose tiles, cracks in the ceiling, broken roof tiles, termite trails, or moldy spots can cause your home to lose value. But many of these issues are easy cheap fixes that will add back so much value into your home.
Starting with the easy fixes helps to add value quickly
Let's start with the easy fixes. Make sure you have no squeaky or sticking doors/windows, sometimes all it takes is a quick hinge readjustment or WD-40. Scrub all the calcium and mildew off in places like the bathroom or kitchen. If you have sewer smells, pour water down all the drains. Wash the windows to bring more light in. Power wash around the exterior of your home, clean tiles and concrete are always more appealing! Having a clean, great smelling house in general will increase the value exponentially. Most importantly make sure your home is decluttered, you want potential buyers to be able to see themselves in your home.
The more expensive improvements
Next let's talk about the improvements that require a little more cash but will definitely pay off. Repainting your home inside and out may cost between $2,000-$6,000 (depending on the size) but the difference will be priceless. Make sure to choose neutral colors that will make the space bright and inviting. Other ways to add value are updating your AC/water heaters, fixing a damaged roof, or putting all stainless steel appliances in the kitchen. Adding some money back into your home where it counts, is a great way to significantly add value.
Keep up regular maintenance
Lastly, the best way to add value as well as retain value in your home is simply by keeping up with regular maintenance and repairs. Keeping your home in tip top shape and tackling problems when they come up will save you a lot of headache later on. These little repairs may not seem important, but if each room has just one issue, all those things add up and make your home seem as if it's been neglected. Staying on top of maintenance today eliminates problems down the road should you decide to sell.
By implementing some of these ideas, you can add value to your home in Costa Rica and create a more comfortable and attractive living space for yourself and potential buyers.
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