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How to Add Value to Your House

How to Add Value to Your House


Some individuals enter the home buying process knowing exactly what they’re looking for. They want to find a house that has insulted windows, a furnished basement, and energy-saving lightbulbs. What do these items have in common? They’re all factors that will add value to your house. Including these extra details that are commonly sought out will make your house worth more than the others down the street. Below is a list of some ways that can help you make your house even more profitable. 

 

Updated kitchen appliances, cabinetry, and countertops  

One of the first parts of the house that’s usually seen is the kitchen. You do more than just cook in the kitchen—you entertain. House guests spend a lot of time in or around this area, so it’s a room to consider when it comes to renovations. An updated kitchen can be a very appealing investment—it’s one of the most considered factors for home buyers. Updates such as stainless steel appliances, an attractive backsplash, white cabinetry, and marble countertops can sell your house from the second the buyer walks in the door. 

 

Open floor plans 

An open floor plan can automatically make your house feel bigger and more expansive. Tearing down the wall between the kitchen, dining room, and living room will allow your whole family to be in one space at the same time. You can cook in the kitchen while you watch over your children who are playing in the living room. Or maybe you could entertain your guests in the dining room while keeping an eye on the dessert in the oven. An open floor plan lets you spend time with your family while taking advantage of every corner of the house.

 

A spacious backyard 

Backyards are seen as a plus for people with children and pets. Pet owners almost always want space for their pets to roam free, which isn’t possible when you live in an apartment. Families with children also appreciate backyards—what’s better than letting your children burn off some energy by playing tag out in the grass? It also gives buyers with green thumbs the opportunity to start a garden and personalize their home even more. Not to mention, a backyard is extra space that’s listed when the house is put on the market. 

 

Energy efficiency 

Buyers are more inclined to live in a space that allows them to save money. Making your home energy efficient can be appealing because while they may pay more money up front, they’ll be saving money in the long run. Energy efficient changes can include adding insulation, solar panels, sealing leaks, and installing windows that protect the house against heat and cold drafts. These upgrades will increase the value of your home tenfold. 

 

Landscaping 

The front yard is one of the first things that is seen when a buyer comes to a showing. Rather than displaying a neglected, weed-filled empty space, a buyer will love the look of a landscaped front yard. Pave your driveway with bricks to add some color, and line it with shrubbery. Add a walkway with a garden that leads up to your front steps. Work to maintain the grass or add turf and if you live in the desert, take advantage of the different colored rocks. These simple additions will make your house stand out from the neighbors and will certainly be pleasing to the eye.

 

Finished basements 

Basements aren’t included in the overall square footage of a house, but can offer another floor’s worth of storage and potential living space.  Not everybody wants their basement to be full of cobwebs and spiders, so using this space for living and entertaining can be an attractive asset to your home. Add egress windows that will legally allow you to add rooms to your basement. If your basement is partially exposed, add a sliding glass door. You have the ability to add an additional living room, bedroom, and bathroom. Depending on the size of the area, you may even be able to add rooms that most houses don’t have, such as a workout room or home theatre. The world is your oyster, so take advantage of this extra space and your listing value will show it.

 

Smart technology 

Some home owners want to be able to raise the temperature of the house, turn on the kitchen lights, and check who’s at the front door all from the comfort of their couch. These are example of smart automation technologies that a person can install to make everyday tasks more convenient.  Most of these features can be controlled with somebody’s phone or through a pad on the wall. It’s a futuristic luxury that many houses don’t have, but are starting to become more common. Those within the technology community or an interest in smart homes will love that some features are already installed. If you live in a big technology city such as San Francisco or New York, these updates will definitely add monetary value to your listing.

These ideas are just the tip of the iceberg of potential renovations you can do to add value to your house. Speak with a local interior designer to come up with an idea of what you could do before putting your house on the market—you won’t regret it! 

As always, if you need any assistance, buying or selling your next home, contact us george.pinkasiewicz2@century21.com or call my cell: (941)281-5583 and we’ll help you any way we can.  You can also see my website at www.georgepinkasiewicz.com

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