Whether you are planning to sell your home or stay exactly where you are, you might be toying around with the idea of increasing the value of your home. After all, nothing wrong can come out of making your home easier on the eyes, right? And with so many different self-improvements for your home out there, it makes no sense to skip on investing in your home’s appeal and functionality every once in a while.
Should you decide to sell your property down the line, you can rest assured that every improvement, no matter how small it is, will get your home in top-selling condition. So get a pen and paper and start writing down the ideas you like and that we are generously going to show you.
Add more square footage – or reinvent a room
The addition of a new room is probably the best thing you can do for your home’s overall value. If you are interested in dramatically increasing the price of your home, then you just have to turn to more square footage. However, there is a little trick attached to the process – the addition of another room is quite an investment. It’s not so rare to see how homeowners whose projects started with a $20,000 budget ended up forking out twice the amount. Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to be working with an unlimited budget. But don’t worry – you don’t have to go into debt in order to fund the home renovation of your dreams. You just have to get creative.
Reinventing a room is a great alternative to adding more square footage. Do you have an empty basement or an attic that is just going to waste? Then you just need to decide what you can do with all that extra space you have. If you have any clutter lying around, do your best to pack everything quickly before renovations and start making the room of your dreams as soon as possible. No reason to waste time, right?
A deck is one of the best self-improvements for your home
Lately, outdoor living spaces have been gaining popularity, especially since people have been deciding to spend their well-earned holidays by staying home. You should never underestimate the power of curb appeal and how much it can do for your home’s value. Estimates show that homeowners can recoup 65%-90% of their investment if they add a deck.
How much you will have to invest in adding a deck will depend on many variables. Features like the size of your deck, stairs, and built-in additions will decide whether you will spend as little as $1.200 or more than $10.000. But no matter how many bells and whistles you decide to add, you also have to remember to factor in the price of contractors – unless you feel comfortable enough doing it on your own. But it’s highly advisable to attempt a DIY project of this magnitude only if you have the necessary skills and experience. This certainly wouldn’t be the best project for first-time DIY-ers.
Any kitchen updates will pay off
According to many people, the kitchen is the heart of the home. For that reason, many homebuyers pay special attention to this room. In fact, the layout of the kitchen is usually a deal breaker for many people. We’re not going with the assumption that you want to sell your home – but we will assume that you want to improve your living space. And that’s easily achievable with one of many kitchen upgrades.
However, there is a downside to kitchen remodeling – it can cost a pretty buck. But there is no reason for you to invest in a deluxe kitchen that will be more luxurious than the rest of your house – or the neighborhood, for that matter. Real estate experts have shown that buyers are tired of many overdone kitchen trends, and covering your entire kitchen in the finest marble and gold fixtures is certainly one of them.
Luckily, simple home improvements will go a long way. You will be surprised what a difference a fresh coat of paint can do. It will especially come in handy if you are working with a tight budget. Perhaps you could repaint your cabinets instead of replacing them? Just make sure you choose a color scheme that will fit in well with the design of the rest of your kitchen, as well as your house. If you decide to kick it up a notch after that, you can always invest in energy-efficient appliances. We don’t see them going out of style any time soon.
Basic home improvements will never go out of style
Believe it or not, you don’t have to spend a lot of money in order to improve the value and the look of your home. All you have to do is add a few home improvements that won’t take up a lot of your time nor require a lot of finances. Take a fresh coat of paint as an example – it’s a perfect way to liven up the look of any room, and it isn’t something that will break the bank, especially if you decide to repaint the room on your own.
Some other things you can do include fixing the roof, replacing wood that rots, and getting rid of any mold. It’s very important to mention that these are the features homebuyers look for. They want to see traces of regular home maintenance, and they are more likely to buy a house that’s clean and safe than the one that’s extravagant.
The thought of doing any self-improvements for your home might be scary. After all, you probably expect to spend a lot of money, as well as time. The truth is that you just need to take a good, long look at your home. Do you notice any areas for improvement? Then focus on them sooner rather than later. There is no point in putting off the inevitable.
Written by Sophia Perry – Edited by Ashley Pasquale
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