Friday, 30 August 2013

8 Home Improvements To Increase The Value Of Your Home

It is never too late to fall back in love with your property. Whether you want to completely renovate your home or simply customize the design, you can easily transform your home into exactly what you want, if you do the right updates after planning and utilise the right professionals.

However, the majority of projects that are done just for the sake of home improvement do not add any significant value to the property. In fact, some home improvements can even lower the resell value of your home if you eventually decide to sell it. There are also things that can be done to increase the value of your home.

Here are 8 home improvements that will increase the value of your home:

Update kitchen appliances

One of the biggest selling points in any home is the kitchen. The kitchen is the most valuable per square foot and will be major difference in whether your home is appealing to potential buyers or not. If your appliances are older than 5 years old then you should consider updating them to the comfortability of your wallet. A more recent model, a modernly designed finish and an array of new features will make home viewers notice your kitchen and view it as a real selling point.

Eco-friendly homes are worth more

With a growing concern for the environment, eco conscious home improvements will yield a large return on investment. From water saving plumbing additions, to adding proper insulation, investing in the green era can add a lot of value to your home.

Repair the exterior of your home

The first thing that anyone will notice about your home is the exterior, so take time to repair any broken gutters, shutters, windows and any parts of your roof that needs work done. Also it will be beneficial to touch up the paint around the outside of your home.

Windows are for more than viewing

Your windows are not only there for viewing and sourcing light, but they are also the source for conditioned air gain and loss. It is recommended that you consider upgrading to windows that have higher R values, this will stop cold and heat transfer from outside your home. Double paned windows, windows with integral window treatments and insulated varieties all equate to saving energy and therefore will add more value to your home.

Add extra insulation

Poor insulation in your home can cause your air conditioning and heating units to work overtime. This is one of the key reasons why you should consider investing in the appropriate insulation. Not only will this lower your monthly bills, but it will significantly boost the value of your home since you’ll be passing on the energy savings to the future homeowners.

Add a fresh coat of paint

Adding a fresh coat of paint to tired looking areas is one of the most cost effective home improvements that you can make. Painting your walls will completely transform your home and bring it right up to date.When selecting paint colors, keep in mind that neutrals appeal to the greatest amount of people, making your home more desirable. You should favor white ceilings and beige or off white walls with white baseboards. Not only do these colors make the room appear lighter but they also make it appear a lot larger than what it is.

Conservatory

One of the best ways to add value to your home is by adding a conservatory. Recent statistics say that the addition of a conservatory boosts the value of your property by up to 15%. Not only will you be able to enjoy extra living space that will make you the envy of your neighbor’s and friends but you will considerably increase the chances of selling your home.

Spruce up the garden

A well maintained, landscaped garden is the sign of a real nice house. Mowing, watering and hedging your lawn are a few good ways to accomplish this. Weed killers and fertilizers are also effective ways to keep the lawn looking attractive and well maintained. To bring some beauty to the outside of your home, try planting some shrubs and a few flowers. Spreading pine straw or mulch around your flower beds and island areas will make your garden look even better.


This article was written by David, a home improvement enthusiast at Leekes Conservatories, Windows & Doors, an award winning family-business that supplies a variety of home improvement services to homeowners throughout South Wales and the South west of England.



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