If you’re investing in your home, then perhaps you want to know what to do to your home to make it worth more.
If you’re selling your house, then perhaps you want to get as much for it as you can, whilst spending as little as possible.
We’ve worked on thousands of homes over the last 20 years, and talk to people every day about home improvements, and so we’d like to think we know what we’re talking about.
Disclaimer: RJI Professionals are not realtors, so if you want to know exactly what will make your home worth more, and how much vale you could add, you should definitely speak to a professional before knocking down walls or converting your garage!
If you’re just curious about what sort of things buyers, sellers and realtors look for then we can certainly help you.
Here’s what we’d recommend you think about.
Whether you’re looking for more energy-efficient windows to keep your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer, or need to replace your windows because they’re old and rotting, changing to high performance windows can mean that you add value to your home.
Roofing can make a big difference to your home. A roof in a bad state of repair might be the reason your home is not worth as much as your thought it was, so getting it fixed if you need to, can easily add value to your home.
We recently wrote about how you can tell whether it is time to replace your roof, so you’ll want to read that and see if it’s time for you to get your roof looked at.
3. Vinyl Sidings
Sidings may be seemingly mainly cosmetic, but they do an important job too. Vinyl sidings are proving to be more energy efficient and lower maintenance, making them an excellent choice for many homes and families.
Find out some more reasons to choose vinyl sidings.
Vinyl sidings are an easy way to change the color and appearance of your home too, perhaps making it more desirable, and so can add value to your home.
Something as simple as a lick of paint can add value to your home.
Perhaps you know that there are areas where the paint is fading or coming away, and so another coat wouldn’t go amiss.
Remember to think about inside too. It’s a quick and easy way to make your home look better and more attractive to more prospective buyers, and so make it worth more.
Timeless and neutral colors can make your home appeal to more people, and so are the best choice if you’re selling your home. Also, by choosing something relatively plain and simple can mean that your interior won’t look dated anytime soon.
Why not save yourself the hassle, and get the professionals in to do it all for you? You won’t have to worry about getting paint on the carpet, or how best to clean and store your brushes.
5. Create space and light
Modern families are busy and need space for everything.
Perhaps you can create space by knocking down connecting walls, (not load-bearing walls!), to create more room, and make your home more versatile and useful to your family. More space can mean that your home is more desirable, so it could be a good way to add value to your home.
As well as creating more space, what about adding more light too?
You might want to use better or more energy-efficient LED bulbs, or add skylights.
6. Convert your garage
If you’re not using your garage for your car, or it’s big enough to have several uses, then why not make the most of it?
Perhaps you could:
- Turn it into a guest bedroom, a playroom for the kids (or the grown-ups!), or even a home cinema
- Make it into a workshop with power, light and heating and fix up a classic car or motorcycle
- Keep some of the bulkier things you don’t need that often in there, like sports equipment, skis and bikes, or your boat
You could make your home tidier and clutter-free without getting rid of anything you don’t want to.
7. Bathroom and kitchen
Are you making the most of your kitchen and bathroom?
- Is your kitchen modern, and does it have all the appliances and space that a modern family needs these days?
- Is there space that could be better used?
- Are you struggling for cupboard space?
The same goes for your bathroom too. Why not see if you could add another bathroom to make busy mornings easier?
8. Could you bring the outside inside?
Things like bi-folding doors can help bridge the gap between your home and your garden
Adding a deck can give you plenty of space for entertaining if your idea of being outside is eating food rather than tending flowers.
Touches like this can make your house appeal to more people, which can add value to your home.
9. Sort out the little jobs
Get the little jobs done, such as any plumbing or electrical work, and fix or replace broken things, now. If you don’t you’ll learn to live with them and they’ll never get done.
If you’re not sure about getting on the roof to look for missing tiles or how to replace guttering, then it’s time to call a professional again.
No matter what price you’re selling your house for, how good the local schools, transport and views are, people won’t want to buy your house it if it has a rotten front door with a doorbell that doesn’t work, lights that flicker and a kitchen tap that drips.
Perhaps if you’re expecting a lot of people to come and view your home, you’ll also decide to to replace any worn out flooring or wallpaper, or furniture too whilst you’re at it.
10. First impressions count
Remember that first impressions count, and you have just a few seconds to prove to a potential buyer that this should be their new home.
Many people will look online first, and so you’ll want to make sure that the pictures you take show off your home at its best. Unfortunately, photos have a habit of highlighting the things you don’t notice, so double-check before your photos before you add them to your listing.
By spending a few weekends painting, changing washers in leaky faucets or just cleaning the windows, the first people to look round your home might make you an offer for the price you want for your house.
If you just want to add value to your home, rather than make it better for your family, a realtor is far more likely to be impressed if everything looks good, works properly and meets the needs of modern life.
By spending just a little time, and a little money, you can add value to your home and make it meet your family’s needs better.
If you want to invest in your home, because you’re looking to sell it, or are happy and want o stay in it for the foreseeable future, then fitting replacement windows or a new roof might be wise.
We can help you, whatever you want to do to your home. Let us know if you want us to check your guttering, replace your windows or fit a new roof.
Contact Us now on 877-766-3310 and tell us what we can do for you and your home.