If you are a homeowner contemplating selling your house in some future time, then you should be actually looking into improvements that will increase its value. Of course, it would be nice if you can get to enjoy it for some time as well to see for yourself if it has added any significant value to its use. While some improvements can be quite costly and may prove difficult to recover, some are quite sensible decisions which can make you wonder why you didn’t think of it in the first place.
1. Improving on Essential Indoor Systems
Plumbing, electrical wiring, heating, and other indoor systems are usually taken for granted by homeowners until the time something goes wrong and mess up their newly renovated bathroom or kitchen. They are not actually aesthetic concerns but they can easily destroy whatever physical beauty the house prides itself with. These are problems that need to be checked often before they have any significant effect in the condition of a house.
2. Improving on Outdoor Essentials
The first thing that greets a prospective buyer’s sight is the outside of the house. If the buyer finds nothing encouraging from the outside, chances are they would rather not check further. A home’s exterior appeal has to be spruced up thus it would be best to look into roofs, doors, windows, and the front lawn.
3. Additional Bedroom and Bathroom
Among the added bedrooms, it is the attic bedroom which gives a higher return on investment. Bathrooms have also become very important to buyers thus an additional one usually succeed in providing additional value. A facelift for an existing bathroom may be a less costly way to achieve higher home value.
4. Improving on Existing Kitchen
Because of the significance of a kitchen with family life, much attention is placed on kitchen. New paint as well as new cabinets, sink fixtures, and better lighting all contribute to a better-looking kitchen. Ceramic tiles look more updated than vinyl tiles.
5. Improving on Landscaping
The issue of curb appeal comes to mind in the issue of landscaping.A well-maintained lawn can do magic on the value of a home because of the instant visual appeal even before buyers get to enter the house. Not because an improvement costs much doesn’t necessarily mean it will give as much return on investment when the time to sell the house comes. Homeowners should usually temper on personal preferences as compared to universally appealing choices. It can be such a disappointment to spend so much on one area of the house only to find out that they do not contribute to added home value. A professional handyman service is your best option if you don’t have the time or knowledge for home DIY.
About the Author:
Alanah Kaleski is a real estate agent who knows exactly what increases the resale value of a home.
Image source credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wordjunky/137261655/