As the weather turns nicer and you instinctively begin your spring cleaning, it’s a good time to consider some home improvement projects that may increase the value of your home and improve your living conditions while you remain the homeowner. Before you make a large investment, however, consider whether you’ll get a return on your investment.
Some things that homeowners want for themselves, like swimming pools, probably won’t give you near the return you paid. Following are six ideas that many realtors agree can increase interest in your home and give you some bang for your buck when it comes time to sell.
Whirlpool bath tubs were once all the rage, but busy people tend to opt for a quicker shower rather than a long soak. Consider investing in an oversized, floor-to-ceiling tiled shower and install dual shower heads.
Upgrades to your fixtures and lighting can dramatically change the look of your bathroom and, if you still have wallpaper, it might be time to replace it with a neutral coat of paint. Stone and granite make good countertop choices. Buyers will typically pay for a luxurious bathroom.
If buyers don’t like the look of your house from the outside, they’re likely not going to want a tour of the inside. Groom front flower beds and plant hearty, attractive shrubs and other flora that make your home look inviting, and that complement the aesthetics of your home and the overall neighborhood.
Adding a front porch or replacing an older front door can also add to the curb appeal of your home. You can also line the walkway with solar-powered lighting, or add a sprinkler system.
As the population becomes more aware of how we’re using our resources, there is a growing interest in “greener” living – especially if it helps our pocketbook. Home buyers know that energy-efficient windows will save them money in cooling and heating costs over the years.
Especially when you consider that the average home can lose up to 30 percent of its air-conditioning or heating through its windows.
Families tend to gather in the kitchen, but that particular room can get dated fairly quickly. Wallpaper in the kitchen can also turn off potential buyers, so consider removing the old grape or floral designs and replace with a warn paint color. If your floor is vinyl, it may be time to upgrade to a laminate or tile.
The good news is, you may not need new cabinetry. Sand and paint or stain what’s already in place and add more modern hardware. The kitchen is a room that can easily be transformed.
The curb appeal of your home can be further increased by installing a new garage door, like those at Cowart Door Solutions. Doors that are dented, need painting or look worn can make a home look older and in disrepair. While it’s possible that your old door can be repaired, it might be more costly to make repairs, depending on its age. Newer garage doors don’t just improve the look of your house, they also may offer you more security.
There are plenty of projects that can improve your home, and it’s a good time of year to get them done. Before you start a project, many of which can be time consuming and pricey, decide how long you plan to stay in the home, how you’ll personally use the upgrade and what future homebuyers in your neck of the woods will be interested in.
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