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.
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.
If 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
Whether 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!