Is your home feeling a bit out of touch? Whether you’re planning to sell your home soon or years down the road, it’s important to keep your home up to date each year. Making regular updates will not only increase your property value, but you and your family will benefit by enjoying these home improvement projects as well.
Even if you’re planning on staying in your home for a long time, it’s important to know which home improvement projects add value to your home.
Revamp your kitchen!
Kitchens look best when they are fresh, clean and neat. Cracked tiles and sagging or stained counters are unappealing to you, your guests or potential home-buyers. If you’re selling your home, a potential homebuyer doesn’t want to move in and replace the kitchen right away.
They want to move in and feel at home immediately. An updated kitchen or bathroom is more important to the value of your home than any other room.
You don’t need to go overboard, but replace or refresh anything that’s starting to look tired, dated or worn out. A kitchen should create a great first impression and will also improve your home’s overall appeal and value.
Give your house some street appeal
A relatively simple project, updating the landscape is a great way to improve your home’s appearance as well as the time you spend outside. A few basic improvements might include pulling weeds, planting a couple flower beds in your front or backyard and pruning trees or bushes.
Updating your landscape will increase the overall curb appeal of your home. Work to make your landscaping look tidy and clean. When landscaping, it’s important to eliminate anything that looks messy from the street. And maybe sprucing up the outside means adding a new deck, pergola, or a gazebo, we at Slamans can help with that!
Add a Fresh Coat of Paint
A sloppy paint job can actually reduce the value of your home, so don’t take shortcuts. Prepare the surfaces properly, use multiple coats of paint if necessary and be careful to paint neatly.
Everyone’s taste differs, so the more you personalize your color choices, the less your palette might appeal to the average home buyer. If you’re planning to sell your home soon, consider painting with more neutral colors. However, if you won’t be selling your home, personalize and choose the colors that work best for you.
Don’t forget about window and door frames. If you paint the rest of your home but don’t refresh these, it could spoil the overall effect. Plus, depending on the color you choose, you might need to update them anyway.
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Add a Sunroom or Patio
Extending your living space with a patio or sunroom is a great addition to any home. These spaces allow you and your family to enjoy the outdoors and can also extend y our living space. Deciding between a patio or sunroom depends both on your finances and how you plan to use the space.
When making these updates, make sure to use quality materials that match the overall look of your home. If the patio looks like an afterthought, it won’t add value. Research materials and pricing, get samples when possible, and carefully consider how your new patio or sunroom will look in relation to the rest of the house. While a patio helps you enjoy time outside, adding a sunroom will allow you to enjoy the outdoors more comfortably throughout three or four seasons of the year.