Start with improvements most needed
If you have areas of the home that are unfinished or inefficient, they can be an excellent place to begin. After all, a new modern bathroom will look out of place if the roof is old and you have outdated wood paneling anywhere.
Home improvements that provide savings on utility bills are a big hit. Depending on your local climate and the length of time before you sell the house, you will recoup some or all of your investment before you even put the home on the market, making them an excellent choice that most buyers will appreciate enough to pay more for the home.
Prioritize your improvements
Consider these weekend-sized ideas:
The sum of these changes is a more energy-efficient home. Along with more visible measures, such as a new HVAC system, if yours is on its last legs, you can present the home as a money-saving alternative to the others on the market.
Improve your home curb appeal
Updates that improve curb appeal can also provide a good return on your investment. One of the best is also one of the fastest and easiest. Replace your current front door with a high-quality, attractive steel model. Not only does it look fantastic from the road, it is a superior security measure that adds to the energy efficiency of your home.
Likewise, an attractive deck or patio will entice potential buyers as they drive by, helping them to envision their own get-togethers. This increases the perceived amount of living space. When staging the home for sale, an attractive modern grill may be a good idea.
Convert basement into living space
Converting the basement or attic into a functional living space is attractive to potential buyers and will give you more room to enjoy in the meantime. In some cities, there are strict building codes and regulations requiring work on these parts of the home. Make sure you adhere to the ones pertaining to you. Otherwise, you could end up in hot water down the line.
Windows are an important part of your home that contribute to the aesthetics and functionality of the entire building. Consider upgrading to double-pane windows and adding attractive wooden shutters inside. The classic and attractive nature of the fuel-efficient windows is sure to be a great selling point!
Good value improvements
Each of these projects will provide a good return on your investment. Those that save on utilities are almost always going to be successful, though you should never install a new expensive item just for the sake of doing it.
Select which part of your home is most important to you and start making these home improvements today for a greater return on your investment tomorrow!
About the author
Carol Robson is a retired social worker who believes in living simply, being ecologically friendly, and leaving a small footprint. For more helpful information for others looking to do the same, check out TinyHouse Plans.
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