With the advent of Pinterest and Ikea populating the world, there are more people trying to improve or revamp their homes to add more value and style. The market for buying homes is back on the rebound and it’s becoming a buyer’s market with all the options in mortgages people have. The best way to improve the value and chances of having eyes on your home is to add or revamp additions that would give anyone coming to your home that “wow” factor.
Even if you’re not looking to sell your home, these five areas will definitely leave an impact to the value of your home after you put some work into them.
The kitchen is usually the gathering point for many homes. A place where families cook, eat and just hangout. In order to facilitate this room as a focal point you’ll want to modernize the look with new appliances, cabinets and countertops.
You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars on a kitchen remodel in order to ensure a great return on your investment. If you don’t have a designer’s eye you can always build a complete kitchen from one of the Ikea catalogs. If your kitchen has quality appliances, cabinets and countertops you can do the oldest trick in the book when it comes to improving the look of a room, which is to give it a fresh coat of paint to tie everything back together and catch the eyes of new people.
Garages are underutilized rooms in many homes. The primary use of garages is to store your vehicles when not in use and a place to store extra items.
However, did you ever think about transforming your garage into a guest room or home office? If you can live with having your cars parked in the driveway you can greatly increase the livable space of your home by leveraging the square footage of the attached garages.
You’ll want to do these things to ensure a good garage to room conversion:
- Raised floors for insulation from the concrete slab of the garage
- Insulate the walls of the garage and add drywall
- Have an electrician wire up the garage room properly
- Add ventilation for heating and cooling
- Replace the garage door or insulate it to prevent heat or air escaping
These are the baseline things you should follow to set up a garage to room conversion, however after that you can add anything else you want to the room!
Patios are great value adding areas to any home. People love to have the ability to relax outside or have it a focal point for your backyard garden. While it can be affordable to build a backyard patio, in order to have that “wow” factor and add some serious return on investment to your property. You’ll want to invest in some of the higher quality materials like cut stones for your backyard patio. Here’s a resource a few of us used when creating our own backyard patios: http://www.thisoldhouse.com/
Bathrooms are always a talking point when people are looking at homes. Having a modernized bathroom provides that “wow” factor and provides water saving abilities that old fixtures usually don’t have.
Items you’ll want to update in your bathroom would be:
- Paint the walls
- Clean or replace the flooring
- Replace the toilet
- Replace the sink
- Replace the shower/tub
Those are the bare minimum you should do when updating your bathroom, these should up the value of your home by a great deal with just a few replacements.
If you have extra space in the home that’s not utilized, maybe you can add a half bathroom. This is a guarantee to increase the value of your home.
A storage shed in the backyard is almost always a welcome addition to any home. It’s very rare to see a family saying they don’t want extra storage space for their stuff. It’s great because you can put your garden tools, sports equipment, bikes or other items without worrying it will clutter the home. It’s best to ensure your storage shed is secure and big enough to hold your items.
Steel and metal storage sheds like the ones we have on our ProBuilt showroom are the perfect storage solution for almost all homes. 100% customizable and we take care of all the work after purchase.
Building or revamping one of these rooms will help increase the value of your home and make your friends go “wow” when they see it.
Post Written by Rainier Fuclan
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