Essential Updates

Believe it or not, small details like fresh paint actually are very attractive for the buyers. People wants healthy, safe houses that have been kept with a consistent routine maintenance, without pieces of rotting woods around and stuff. It’s all matter of making your home harmonic and comfortable. 

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Room Makeover

Bringing an old room back to life helps to save your own money and to later get more. And the best part is that inspiration is so easy to find; just a matter of turning the TV on to one of those home remodeling shows. Those attics turned bedrooms are pretty cool, you know?

Kitchen Remodel

It’s no secret the kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house – (and I don’t say that only because I love food.) Updating this particular room pays off well, you can anticipate a regaining of 60% to 120% of your investment on a kitchen remodel, as long as you don’t try make it too fancy – which is something you should avoid. The kitchen must be fitting to the rest of the house, don’t try to make it a mini-restaurant. It might look good at the time to you, but your buyers won’t see it that way.

And now that we are talking about updating, a little paint is always a crucial element, so try using low-VOC paint; it will make the kitchen more eco-friendly and helps to avoid the breathing of potentially dangerous chemicals.

Add a Bathroom

Ironically and unlike kitchens, if you’re going to make an update out of the house’s bathrooms, more is better. If the house only has one bathroom, you can re-earn a large amount of your investment by including another one.

I don’t think I need to explain why this would be so attractive for potential buyers; everybody needs their privacy.

When looking for a room for your new bathroom, take a look at any underutilized spaces, even if they are such as closets. Consider the following measures:

  • If you want a half-bath you’ll need at least 18 square feet.
  • If you want a full bath, with stand-up shower included, you’ll need at least 30 square feet.
  • If you want a bathtub, make sure you have at least 35 square feet to work with for a bathroom addition.
  • Energy-Efficient Isolation

Homes that haven’t been modified with energy efficiency in mind are more difficult to live in and maintain. Modernizing your house to save energy doesn’t have to cost a lot of money, you can save $2,500 or more each year just by making a few changes here and there. Cover cracks around the house to save even more money on energy costs.

You can habitually find leaks and areas that need more insulation around:

  • Doors and windows
  • Electrical sockets and light switches
  • In recessed lighting
  • The attic hatch
  • In the basement
  • Anywhere ducts or wires go outside the house

You can also set up a programmable thermostat, and if you have to replace the hot water heater, consider spending a bit extra to purchase a high-efficiency water heater.

Add A Deck

Ah, decks! Not only they look beautiful, but they also reward well all the effort homeowners go through in order to install them. (We’re talking about recovering 65% to 90% of your investment.)

Of course, the cost to add a deck in the first place varies greatly, depending on its size, accessories, materials, and more. The contractor also charges, and if you’re looking for one, make sure you get at least three quotes, with specifics, from the ones you interview and check their references cautiously.

You can save a lot by doing the work yourself, but just be careful, okay? And remember to use the specific tools.

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