Buying a home is a huge decision that takes time and effort. But once the dust has settled on the mortgage contract, the boxes are unpacked, and you have settled in to your new home, it might be worth thinking about how you can increase the value of your home, making it an even better asset for you and your family.
Get out of your Home
It sounds counterintuitive, but many people buy a home and then enjoy not being in it. In other words, get a nice outdoor area for entertaining and Sunday afternoon relaxing. If you don’t already have one, get a patio or deck built. If you do have one, improve it. Companies like Additions Building can do a range of designs to suit your home. Click here to see what materials, colors and designs would work well for your home. Once it’s built, you get the fun job of outdoor decorating! And who doesn’t love trying out daybeds in the store!
You can even take it a step further. Maybe you have a garden. Maybe a pool. Maybe just a small outdoor sanctuary for your 10th floor apartment. Whatever it is, make the most of it. Invest in beautiful plants for your garden that will provide shade, look fantastic, and are low-maintenance. Keep the tiles around your pool, patio or deck clean and free from mold – invest in a high-pressure hose if you must. Use the best materials in colors and designs that won’t look dated in 10 years.
Freshen up the Walls
Depending on the age of your property, the natural environment of the area and the diligence of previous owners, your home may or may not be looking a little tired. The simplest way to make your home look brand spanking new, and to drastically increase its appearance and value, is to slap on a fresh coat of paint. Outside might be a little weather-beaten, but a fresh set of paint will make your house stand out in the street – do not underestimate its appeal. Indoor walls may be peeling, chipped or otherwise marked. A fresh coat indoors, particularly with well-chosen colors, will make your home look newer, more spacious and cleaner. What’s not to love about that?
Install that Additional Item
You know that item, right? That thing you’ve always wanted, but it always seemed unnecessary when you tried to justify it? Well, if it was a lifestyle item, now is the time to get it! Maybe it was a gas stove top, an air conditioning unit, solar panels, a second toilet, or even a little gazebo out the back. If you have ever thought how much easier life would be with one of these, now is the time to invest. It’s these little things that make all the difference when adding up the value of a home.
Well, here are just a few short tips about adding value to your home. What have you done to increase your home’s value? Share your tips and stories below.