Whether you’re looking to sell your home or simply want to add to the value of your Miami home here 5 areas of your home that investing your time and money into can make a big difference to your home's comfort and value.



Invest in Your Kitchen



There has been a lot of experts advising you to add stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops when you are looking to upgrade your kitchen. And while your appliances and counter tops are important, what is more important is the layout of your kitchen, or more specifically creating an easy flow between your cooking area, your sink, and your dishwasher, what professionals call “the triangle”. These three areas should form a triangle that allows you to move smoothly and freely from area to next in just a couple of steps. The ease in which you are able to prep, cook and clean up can make a big difference to the feel of your kitchen both for you and any potential buyer.



Then if you have some money left over, go ahead and add those stainless-steel appliances, that granite counter top and repaint those cabinets and add new hardware. 



Kitchen upgrades can be over time, and may cost a lot less than your think unless you are planning a complete renovation. 



Boost and Refresh Your Bathroom



Next to your kitchen your bathroom is the most important room in your home and best of all you can give your bathroom a fresh new boost for far less you might think. A fresh coat of paint on the walls, regrouting your shower, and add crown molding or a bit of trim. Throw in new modern mirror and change out your fixtures for something a little trendier, a new light fixture or two and your bathroom will take on a whole new modern look.



Consider Changing Out that Old Carpeting or Tiles for Real Wood Floors



Not only is carpeting considered to be bad for your health these days, but worn, stained or old carpeting can really detract from the value and the look of your Miami home. So if you are upgrading your home then investing in real wood floors including reclaimed wood can not only increase the value of your home, but will add a touch of warmth as well.



Say Good-Bye to Rusty Old Pipes



You may think that there is no way your plumbing pipes can affect the value of your home, but the truth is that it can affect the value a great deal. Especially in historic Coral gables homes and midcentury homes through Miami. Appraisers and inspectors both take a hard look at your plumbing when determining the value and the condition of your home. Old rusty pipes can lower the value of your home more than you might think. So changing out those old metal pipes for PEX (plastic tubing) can increase the value of your home.



Don't Forget People View Your Home from The Outside In 



Never underestimate how much having a nice curb appeal can affect the value of your home. The first impression anyone gets of your home is from the curb or the outside, so keeping the outside of your home neat and tidy and making it appealing will add value to your home without costing an arm or leg. Keep your lawn neatly mowed and if necessary watered. Set a few colorful potted plants around and keep those hedges and trees neatly trimmed. 



While not every Miami homeowner will be able to upgrade all 5 of these areas, upgrading the ones you can may make a huge difference in the value of your home and how fast it sells.