5 Low-Cost Improvements that Add Big Value to Your Bay Area Home

The CA Bay Area real estate market is always booming. Whether you're thinking of selling or simply want to add value to your forever home, affordable home improvements are a wise investment. Discover 5 affordable, low-cost ways to increase the value of your Bay Area home.

Make Basic Repairs

Basic repairs will make your home more appealing to potential buyers if you're selling. If you're staying put, basic repairs make life easier and reduce stress. Who wants to listen to that screen door squeak or the drip-drip-drop of a leaky faucet when these small repairs can be completed with little-to-no expense and effort? Fix the things that are broken and your home instantly feels more valuable.

Freshen Up Paint

Painting is one of the most cost-effective and simple home improvements available. If you're thinking of selling, light and neutral colors can help your home move fast. Think taupe, light gray, off-white, and white if you're selling. 

Tip: Light blue bathrooms and taupe-colored living rooms tend to sell for over asking price. 

Don't forget the exterior paint of your home, including doors and trim. A Zillow report looked at the impact of paint colors on home sales and found that front doors painted charcoal or black helped houses sell for $6k more than expected. 

If you're in your forever home, freshen up with paint that matches your personality and vibe, even if that means fuschia cabinets and zebra-print walls. Your house, your rules!

Low-Water Landscaping

If you want to add instant curb appeal to your home, and put more money in your pocket, invest a little time and money on low-water landscaping. This type of yard makes a lot of sense in the Northern CA region, where droughts are the norm. 

Xeriscaping, using drought-resistant plants that need little or no watering, can reduce water use by 50-70%, saving both water and money. 

There's nothing very inspiring about a yard full of dead grass, desolate dirt, or sad shrubbery. Low-water doesn't have to mean dry or dusty. Plenty of plants require little water and you can achieve a lush, low-water look by planting xeric plants close to one another and varying plant height, color, and textures. Even the smallest of Bay Area yards can benefit from a low-water landscape update.

Repair and Seal Asphalt

If you have an asphalt driveway or private road leading to your home, a little asphalt upkeep can go a long way in improving your home's curb appeal, as well as your own personal enjoyment. After all, who wants to drive up a cracked, bumpy, or potholed driveway every time they come back to their home?

An asphalt surface will develop cracks, potholes, and other damage over time. Patch paving (removing and replacing damaged sections) can help address structural issues without repaving the entire surface.

If you don't have noticeable areas of damage, consider a seal coat to add curb appeal and value for a low investment. Seal coating can help protect your existing asphalt from damage, add years to the life of your driveway, and provide a uniform, black color that looks aesthetically pleasing. 

Request a consultation from JVLucas Paving, the Bay Area paving pros, for your asphalt updates.

Make Eco-Friendly Updates

Updating your home to be more "green" isn’t just a passing trend. Making eco-friendly updates can save you some serious cash now as well as make your home much more appealing to buyers in the future, too.

Eco-friendly home updates that can save you money can range from swapping your existing hot water heater to a tankless water heater, updating appliances to energy-and water-efficient models, installing solar roof panels, updating or sealing windows, and more. 

Whether you have plans to sell or simply stay where you are, updating your home is always a great idea. These low-cost improvements can help you save money and add value to your CA Bay Area home. Which of these home improvements are at the top of your list?