Renovating, modernizing, and sprucing up your home can be driven by many factors. Some do it from a desire to make the home look more attractive, to increase functionality, or to update outdated appliances or areas of the house.
And while we all like to live in new, beautiful homes, it has been established that adding value to the home is the main reason people renovate their homes. By adding value to their homes, individuals will be able to sell it (if need be) at a higher price that they would have if no work is done on it. And since buying a home is the biggest investment most people make in their lifetime, it only makes sense to grow that investment over time.
While there are quite a few ways to add value to your home, let’s go through the top 10 areas of improvement that can help you add value to your home quickly.
#1 Include a Garage
Not every house has a garage, but everyone wants to have one in their homes, whether they have a car or not. This only makes a house with a garage much more valuable than one without it. So including parking (even a tiny sheltered space) can help increase the value of your home drastically.
#2 Revamp the Bathroom
The bathroom is one part of the home every single one of us pays attention to. No one would want to live in a home with a leaky, droopy shower. So revamping your bathroom can help increase the value of the house.
To do this, you do not need to spend a considerable amount of money; just by scrubbing clean the tiles and toilet seats, and by adding some items to enhance visual impact you will make your bathroom look shiny and new. And as you’re doing it, you might spot some other elements that can be easily changed — like water fixtures — to add considerable appeal.
#3 Add Some Extensions
Extensions are a way to increase the value of the home, and they could be added upward or have the house expanded sideways. By adding an extension upward, you could include maybe an additional staircase. Sideways extensions could have you clear out a path and cultivate it well to have it serve as a playground.
#4 Renovate the Kitchen
At the end of the day, there’s nothing that adds more value to your home than a freshly renovated kitchen. Houses, especially those that want to appeal to families, have the kitchen as the centerpiece of the home.
Shaping up your kitchen doesn’t necessarily mean a complete overhaul. While this would ensure the best effect, it would take a lot of time and cost you a lot of money. Repainting, freeing up spaces and bringing in modern utensils can be a good and fast way to give your kitchen a fresh, renovated look.
#5 Include a Well-Cultured Garden Room
Gardens are more and more often being incorporated in modern homes and play a role in determining how valuable said homes are. Now, at this point, it is important to note that the value of a garden is not just in its size, but in how well it is designed and cultivated. So a well-cultured garden — even if tiny, but well-trimmed — can help add value to your home when you decide to put it on sale.
#6 Free Up Spaces in Strategic Areas of the Home
In the see-it-want-it-buy-it world that we live in today, we tend to end up hoarding a lot of unnecessary things. And those take up highly valuable space that can translate into extra figures on your home sale.
Take a good look at your space and try to clear the house of any unnecessary items, from big to small. A good place to start is always by looking at older appliances around the house.
#7 Introduce Seasonal Features
The introduction of seasonal eco-friendly features can also help increase a home’s value. This isn’t as complicated as it sounds, but rather includes planting trees in some parts to serve as a windbreaker and prevent water logging. Some parts can be cleared off to allow for cross ventilation.
#8 Improve the Aesthetic of the Exteriors
The exterior part of the home is your house’s business card, the part that attracts everyone to the house. Improving the aesthetic of the house could mean either repainting the home or restructuring it. New features could also be included that will help to enhance the aesthetics and make it attractive. But it’s worth it: remember that your home has just one chance to make a good first impression.
#9 Include Smart Features in the Home
Smart features like CCTV systems or alarms among others can help to increase a home’s value. Since they aren’t the type of features you see around every house, homes with these features tend to be highly valuable and sought-after.
#10 Make the Home Accessible
The creation of drive-through ways and walking paths can significantly increase ease of access. It also makes the home more comfortable. Already existing pathways can be re-modified to allow for better access. This will be a major plus in the eyes of select buyers, so it’s worth considering, especially if your space and the number of floors allow for it.
Remember that all the value you add to your home will be in your benefit. That’s in the sense that it makes the home more comfortable for you and if you end up putting it out for sale, at least you know you will get top dollar for it. Or who knows? If you make your home that irresistible, you might scoop up an offer from someone that crosses your doorstep before you even end up putting it on the market.
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