Top 10 Home Improvements For Adding Value

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With the property market in crisis and house prices falling, it has become increasingly important for home owners to give priority to home improvements that will help add significant value to your property’s home values appraisals sale price.
But with so many home improvement options available, how do you know which to invest in first?

Below we have outlined the top ten ways to increase your home’s value:

1. Enhance the Curb Appeal
The simplest rule to follow when choosing home improvement projects is to consider what can be seen and work on those things first. Curb appeal is one of the primary determining factors for potential buyers. And while not a large factor in appraising home value, appearance is paramount in terms of sale price. Then you can ask how can I value my home -home appraisals.

So how do you increase the curb appeal of your home? Start by reducing clutter, painting your home’s exterior and improving the landscaping; all things you can easily do yourself without investing a fortune!

2. Increase the Property’s footprint
The size and living space of a home is one of the primary factors in both appraised value as well as the resale price a home will fetch when listed for sale.
If you have an unfinished basement or other space in your home that can be converted into finished living space, start there. Finishing a basement or attic space is far less expensive than a room addition.
To determine whether a room addition is a good investment, you need to research the neighborhood a bit. You want to know the average size of the homes in your neighborhood; if yours falls well below the average, then a room addition could be a good investment. On the other hand, if you home is larger than most homes in your neighborhood, you may not recoup your investment in a room addition.

3. Update Bathrooms
If your home has out of date bathrooms, then updating them is likely to be a good investment to increase the resale value. Most buyers are attracted to a home with modern, spacious and up to date bathrooms.

4. Update the Kitchen
As with bathrooms, updating an older kitchen will often increase the resale value of a property. You can cut costs by refinishing cabinets, installing new appliances, countertops and flooring and improving the lighting in your kitchen.
If you want to go that little bit further you could invest in handmade kitchen units or perhaps even a full bespoke kitchens. Given their custom nature, bespoke kitchens will usually make the best possible use of the available space, whilst also providing exceptional build quality and standard of finish.

5. Increase Storage Space
The majority of house buyers today want plenty of room to store things like vacuum, ironing boards, bedding, toys etc. so anything you can do to increase the amount of space and functional storage capacity of your home will help add resale value and is often less expensive than major renovations, repairs or room addition projects.

 

6. Add a Garage
If your home does not have a garage, adding one can be another good investment to increase resale value; especially if you live in an area where on street parking is not available or where crime rates are high.

7. Fix any major faults
If your home has an older roof, heating and air conditioning system, water heater or other major component that is either at or past its useful life, then you almost have no choice but to replace such components.
For one thing, not replacing major components will lead to other maintenance costs down the road. For instance, if you have a leaky roof, it will lead to dry rot and other costly problems.
Secondly, when you do go to sell your home, these things will either need to be done prior to the sale or will be deducted from the potential sale price as credits to the buyer.

8. Paint and Redecorate the Interior
Be sure to use neutral colours when repainting your home’s interior. Remember that interior decoration is very personal and future owners may not like any bright shades you may have used, or the prospect of struggling to paint over them.
If you do decorate your home with bright paint, be prepared to paint over it with neutral colours prior to putting the property up for sale.

9. Increase and Improve Outdoor Living Space
As with adding a garage, the return on investment for adding outdoor living space such as a screened porch, deck or patio is largely dependent on geography
If you live in an area where people tend to spend a lot of time outdoors, then this can be a very good investment and is generally less costly than adding interior living space.
However, if the norm in your area, due to climate and weather conditions, is not conducive to spending a lot of time outdoors, then it may not make much sense to invest heavily in outdoor living space.

10. Replace Siding and/or Windows 
Replacing windows can be another high-return investment. If your home has unsightly windows, or windows made from wood or aluminum, then replacing them with modern double glazed windows will increase both the exterior appeal and energy efficiency of your home – to achieve value homes


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  • Leviton

    I think another useful value is making sure your lighting is energy efficient. It will add value to your home because not only will you save money on your energy bills but will also make your home more sustainable long term.

    • yes

      Hello and good point,
      but what about photo voltaic solar panels at the moment.?
      The recently introduced Gov. 'Feed in Tariffs' ?? They save you cash during the day as you use the power straight off the roof, not from the grid. Then you are paid virtually 4 times more, per unit produced, than you actually pay for it. Crazy but true.
      You are paid for every drop of energy captured wether you use it or not, and the payments are linked to inflation and are guarenteed by the government for 25 years at least.
      Having this technology installed onto your roof MUST put value onto a property.
      To look for and to buy a property that is guarenteed to have small energy bills for the future, and Is guarenteed to give you tax free and index linked payments ,
      well it must have a price??? Where is this information??
      This is the way forward, just you seee…. Sustainability….and led lighting are cool

      • myfirsthome

        Either way I guess the long and short of it all is that resources are saved in the short medium and long term.

  • sulabh keyword

    hi
    i must say that this post is very useful in order to increase the resale value of our homes.

  • Avalanche

    Hi admin,
    this is an very informative article for the persons who want to upgrade their knowledge on value investing.

    • myfirsthome

      Great I am glad you enjoyed it – look forward to your valuable contribution to this blog especially when it comes to home buyers