Buying a home is likely one of the largest purchases you will make in your lifetime. So why not maintain and grow that investment so if or when you decide to sell, you can reap maximum return? We want to share with you a few value-boosting ideas to get you started.

Change your color scheme

Never overlook what a fresh coat of paint can do for a home, plus it's one of the most cost effective ways to give it a whole new look and feel before putting it on the market. You can commit to doing the job yourself or splurge just a little bit more to hire a professional.

Update your landscaping

Curb appeal is incredibly important in capturing potential buyers' attention, so investing in your landscaping should be at the top of your list. On top of regular fertilizing and weed control consider planting a variety of plants against the house or along your driveway, mixing heights and colors. Add a focal point by creating a stone walkway or installing a fountain or trellis.

Give your kitchen a facelift

To give your kitchen a more modern feel, you don't always have to shell out the big bucks. Start by switching out your main light fixtures and sanding and repainting existing cabinets. Updating the hardware on the cabinets as well is a quick fix. Add a unique, eye-catching backsplash or, if you're ready to spend a bit more, replace the countertops with granite or marble.

Increase energy efficiency

Updating your home to save energy makes it more appealing to buyers in today's market. Add extra insulation to your attic, use CFL light bulbs in all light fixtures, install a programmable thermostat, and find and seal creaks and leaks.