Home Improvement Ideas to Enhance Your Home’s Value

There are many great home improvement ideas out there. However, not all of them will add value to your home. In reality, certain improvements may even cause buyers to back down from making an offer on your home. On the other hand, there are quite a few affordable home improvement ideas that can add a great deal of value to your home. Here are some great ideas for improving your home while adding value to it.

Kitchen upgrade

For most people, the kitchen is the heart of their home. This means that updating a kitchen will pay off when you sell your home. However, it is important that you don’t overdo it. A simple rule to keep in mind is to never make your kitchen the fanciest room in your house or in your entire neighborhood.

If you are thinking of ordering professional grade appliances and completely reworking the space, stop for a moment and think about the rest of the house and the other houses in your neighborhood. Instead, consider giving the walls a fresh coat of low VOC paint in a modern color, fixing up the creaking doors and installing some eco-friendly appliances.

Bathroom upgrade

bathroom-upgradeIf you only have one bathroom in your home, you can consider adding an extra one if you have the space. This essentially involves transforming an existing room into a bathroom. Any extra rooms, unutilized spaces or even closet space and space under the staircase can be transformed into a full bath or a half bath. Of course, if you are happy with the number of bathrooms in your home but they can use an upgrade, you can consider renovating them.

Things like replacing damaged or aged tiles, adding modern fixtures and providing extra storage space can do wonders for your home’s overall value.

Reinvent a space

Adding extra space to your home can be exceptionally costly. However, when it comes to reinventing existing space in your home, you will be able to use a whole new area of your home for a new purpose. Existing unused spaces such as extra rooms, attics, basements or even under-the-staircase spaces can be effectively transformed into media rooms, studies, home offices, children’s play rooms, reading rooms or even into closets.

Some homeowners even consider transforming garages and other spaces into small apartments can be rented out.

Energy saving upgrades

More and more people are concerned about clean energy and reducing energy costs. You can choose form a wide range of options that come in a variety of price points.

The possibilities are pretty much endless. From installing energy efficient windows and appliances, replacing your light bulbs with CFL or LED light bulbs all the way to putting up a solar array, you can choose green updates to suit your location, budget and requirements.

If you are not looking to make a big change, you can consider inspecting your home’s insulation and making sure that it is perfect. Updating the insulation and making sure that no energy is wasted while heating or cooling your home. While not a very big change, a perfectly insulated home can save hundreds of dollars in the long run.

New Roofing and Siding

bad-roofingWhether you have old cedar shingles or worn out architectural shingles, new roofing should be high on your list of home improvement items to do.  You’ll get a lot of bang for your buck whether you’re just trying to stay dry or trying to sell your home.

Siding is the same.  Siding tends to fade very easily in the hot sun and new vinyl or even brick siding can spruce up your home to like new conditions.

Good luck getting with your DYI projects and getting your home value up!

What You Should Do Before Replacing Your Roof

Roof ReplacementThe roof is one of the most important parts in your home and replacing it is a huge step. Therefore, it is very important that you play out every possible scenario, consider every possibility and think about every consequence before decoding to go through with it. Installing a brand new roof is a quite expensive endeavor so it is necessary that you take the time to explore your questions and to find answers for the right questions before you spend your money.

One of the most important things you need to figure out before replacing your roof is that you really do need to replace it. In some cases, you can do a repair and patch up any problem areas. If you are unsure, be sure to consult several contractors to get their opinions. Here are some important things to consider before you go ahead with the project.

Thoroughly inspect your roof

If you are in need of roof repair or replacement, the first thing that needs to be done is a thorough roof inspection. Look for signs of needing repair or replacement such as loose, displaced, curled, blistered, split or missing shingles, exposed nails, broken shingles and rusted metal. Curled shingles are a particular problem as they have to be completely removed before installing new shingles.

The right roofing material

Good quality roofing materials are meant to last a long time. Perhaps, the reason that you are in need of a roof replacement is a result of poor quality materials. Nowadays, you are not limited to just asphalt shingles as there is a wide array of choices to pick from. If you are unsure of what material to use, consult with a contractor or designer to figure out which material works best for your roof, your climate and of course, your wallet.

Should your roof be replaced or resurfaced?

This is a very important question to ask before making your choice. In some cases, a new roof can be built over the existing roof. However, according to building codes of today, you cannot have more than two separate roofing layers. This rule exists to uphold building standards and to minimize safety hazards.

There is a higher chance of roof collapse when there is more than one layer of roof on a house. If your existing roof is too damaged to be rescued and creates an uneven surface to put up a new roof, it will have to be taken apart to construct a new roof.

Look for a great contractor

The success of your roof replacement depends on the quality and competency of your contractors. Therefore, be sure to look for reputed local contractors with plenty of experience in similar assignments. Aside from this, you will also need to consider the contractors’ reputation.

Look at reviews, references and testimonials to get an idea of what the customers’ experience is like with a specific contractor. Last, but not least, make sure that you get a few quotes from a few contractors so that you can make comparisons to make the right choice. Once you have chosen your contractor, go over all the details of your project and to sign a proper contract before starting work.