If you’re like us and spend too much time watching HGTV, you’re probably itching to do some updates and renovations at home. Whether you live in an older home, or you just bought a new one and want to make it yours, we have some ideas on updates that are a great place to start. Bonus: with these updates, you’ll be able to increase your home’s value right away!

1. Landscaping

If you’re going to choose between the two sayings “you can’t judge a book by its cover” and “you only get one chance to make a first impression,” choose the latter when it comes to the exterior and landscaping of your home.

Your home’s curb appeal is important. Good landscaping can increase your property value by upwards of 15%, according to some estimates. Another recommendation? Start planting trees and shrubs now! Research shows that mature plants can increase the value of your property.

2. Create Open Space

Many modern home buyers are interested in open floorplans. It might sound counterintuitive…but don’t be afraid to tear down the walls and make more room. Formal dining areas are going out of style and walls between kitchens and family rooms can close off your home. By opening up those rooms to each other, you can create a space that’s more appealing to you and your visitors. Another way to make your home feel more open? Install mirrors strategically!

3. Remodel Your Kitchen

If you can see your kitchen from the living room, you’re going to want to make sure it’s updated. Refacing cabinets, installing new countertops and floors, redoing the lighting, and updating fixtures is a great investment. Even a minor kitchen remodel can have a return on investment of about 80%.

4. Add New Lighting

While you’re adding new lighting in the kitchen, think about updating it throughout your home as well. Proper lighting can really bring a room to life. Brightly lit rooms are open (see above), airy and welcoming. Whether you keep it simple with floor lamps, or go all out and replace your ceiling fixtures – you can really modernize your home with plenty of bright lights.

Did you know that Allied Mortgage can help refinance your home in order for you to make renovations or repairs? It’s true! What’s more, with Allied, you’ll experience nothing but the highest quality service. We will walk you through the entire refinancing process like we would our friends and family—that’s the Allied difference. Visit our website to apply and get started today. Allied Mortgage Group.