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There are a number of popular improvements that can increase your home’s value. Investing in improvements can be a very worthwhile investment. And, with the right ones you can enjoy your home more, improve its appearance, and boost the value of your property.
Home Improvements to Increase Your Home’s Value
Recently my husband and I began considering selling our home. For the past four years, since having our home built, we enjoyed having all the home lots around us be empty. It was like having an extended yard. Then three lots next to us or near us all sold and are currently being built upon. It made us begin thinking that maybe it’s time for us to move. Not just because of the new homes going up, but mostly because we aren’t tied down to this area for any reason.
We could live anywhere we wanted to, as long as we have reliable internet and cell phone service that makes it possible for us to work from home. We’re thinking of a couple possibilities: either move to be near family. Or we move to Eastern Tennessee to enjoy the scenery and still take advantage of Tennessee being free of state tax and low property taxes.
All this thinking brought us to the first obvious step: getting our home ready for sale. Believe me, I’ve seen pretty sad looking home photos on home listing lately. It’s not that houses are bad looking. But, you can’t tell because all the trash, clutter and general messiness that make it hard to envision living there. Aside from cleaning your home to take good, well lit photos of your home, there are many things you can do to increase. I researched and learned many ways you can add value to your home. And, I’ve chosen 5 of the big ones.
Among the top improvements that can add value to your home are:
1. Converting Unused Space.
Often loft space goes to waste, and gets used to store junk. But, imagine the extra usable space you could enjoy with a loft conversion. Not only will a loft conversion enable you to enjoy the benefits of a larger home, but it will also add considerable value to your property. You can use your loft conversion for an extra bedroom or a study. It might an unfinished basement that you could finish out as a recreation space, guest rooms, craft room, or an in-law suite.
2. Adding an Extension.
This is another way to add additional room to the size of your property. So if you have the space then an extension could prove to be a great idea. You will enjoy a larger property, and can increase the amount of room that you have downstairs as well as upstairs. This is another great way to make the most of your homeowner loan by adding value to your property. A larger kitchen with a pantry and laundry room can replace your tiny kitchen with an expansion. Or maybe add a new master bedroom downstairs.
3. New Kitchen or Bathroom
The kitchen and bathrooms are rooms that are often scrutinized by potential buyers. Consider how much you spend a great deal of time in your kitchen. Creating the right look and ambiance for both of these rooms can be easy these days, and with a choice of great kitchen and bathroom designs available you can make these rooms look and feel perfect. As I mentioned earlier, an extension would help you to not only make your kitchen larger, but you could add a new guest bath if you’re lacking one. Also, consider the popular open floor plans. Opening your kitchen to your dining room and living room would make it feel more inviting to potential buyers.
4. Replacement Windows
Many people can be put off buying a property if the windows are shabby and old. Not only do they look bad upon first impression, but they also affect the light, heat, and comfort levels in your home. Replacement windows can help to increase energy efficiency and can improve the lighting, ambiance, and appearance of your home. Quality window treatments such as wood blinds can also improve your home’s value and make it more attractive to buyers.
5. Heating & Cooling
Having the right heating system in place is another important factor when it comes to the comfort and sale ability of your home. For most buyers central heating is a must these days, and by having central heating fitted you can enjoy cozier winters, a warmer home, and a more sell-able property.
These are just some of the larger projects you can undertake to improve your home’s value. They seem like a lot of work to do, but if you consider how much value they can increase on your home’s value, you’ll find it’s worth the effort. Who knows you might just like the new improvements so much you may decide to stay!