Home improvement is undertaken for a variety of reasons.
Some want to change the style of their home with an upgrade, some want to increase the value of their home and sell it, others need to do repairs to keep their house safe and sound.
When thinking about home improvement to increase the value of your home upon selling it, remember that most projects are very expensive, and doesn’t add all that much value to your home.
A swimming pool is a good example. They cost thousands of dollars. You would think that it would add value to your home. But this is a risky venture. Some prospective buyers don’t want a swimming pool or the expense and maintenance that comes with it. Parents of young children will balk at safety concerns.
Therefore, choose home improvements carefully.
The visible ones will draw more attention. Even if you’ve done work like putting in central air and heat, or new insulation, these are invisible improvements, and aren’t likely to persuade buyers to want your house.
Visible improvements will be eye-catching, like paint. Painting the outside of the house, or the interior walls, can make a home look newer and better than it did before. It’s a very inexpensive way to add a visible improvement to your home, and may convince a buyer to want your house.
Crown molding is another inexpensive way to add value to your home.
Some other inexpensive ways to add value to your home include replacing hardware on cabinets, re-painting or replacing cabinets, taking off wallpaper, or taking up carpet to show off hardwood floors.
Adding a second bathroom isn’t as expensive as it sounds, and it may mean the difference in whether a buyer takes your home or passes it up.
Doing some work outside like adding flowers, trimming up, or adding a small pond or a patio can increase the curb appeal of your home.
If you have a garage, make sure the door opener is in good working condition. If it’s a garage that’s never had an automatic opener, this could be a small expense that adds value to your home. Sites like http://www.garageautomatics.com/chamberlain-wd962kev/ offers information, reviews, and buying guides.
Make sure your home is clean and organized, both inside and out. First impressions are important. If you can’t do this alone or don’t have the time or energy or know-how, then spend a little money and hire a professional organizer or house cleaner to do it for you. Nothing is as inviting or enticing as a clean, orderly home, basement, garage, and yard.
Now that you’ve taken care of the visible improvements, move on to the invisible ones. You will still need to replace the roof, install a new air and heating system, and fix leaky pipes or ceilings.
If you take care of the improvements, the home will sell itself.