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5 Home Improvement Projects To Increase Your Home's Value
May 3, 2022

Home improvement can be a costly endeavor, but it gives a huge return at resale.

If you're buying a home or already living in one, you must choose home renovation projects that will have the most significant impact on your home's value. To maximize what you've invested in your family, it's worth considering spending money and time on these five home renovation projects:

1. Landscaping

There's nothing like the feel of grass between your toes on a warm summer night. If you're considering putting in a garden in your backyard or even just installing a fresh coat of grass, consider putting down sod.

Add a back deck or front porch to your home by taking advantage of the three-season benefits of a patio. Put these two together, and you have the potential to increase your home's value by 50% or more. It is an excellent investment for rental properties or once you've moved out and are ready to sell. Place a fire pit or sit down with a chessboard and enjoy watching the sunset together!

Also, garden and lighting projects make for a good housewarming gift for new neighbors to your home. Allow them to enjoy the benefits of a healthy, beautiful garden in their backyards, and you'll be adding value as well.

Improve curb appeal. Planting a couple of trees can add to the value of your home by up to 50%. If you're renovating an older home, adding some unique and interesting landscaping could be the key to a higher sale price.

2. Kitchen

Be sure to upgrade your kitchen sink. Replacing the faucet and vanity with new countertop and backsplash options can make a difference. Add in some unique countertops, such as marble or soapstone, and watch the value increase.

Add or extend the kitchen island for added storage and counter space. Add a mini-oven, microwave, or even an induction cooktop if you're looking to ramp up your kitchen's functionality.

Also, add drawers and cabinets under the kitchen sink to increase storage. If you are considering a home remodel in the future, you might want to take advantage of the potential for a walk-in pantry that offers an array of additional storage space. Such a pantry gives an added sense of value, as it allows buyers to see the potential for a room that has been thoroughly designed and planned.

3. Installing smart home technology

Innovative home technology may include an outdoor and indoor security system that helps you control your home from anywhere in the world. In addition to monitoring your home's security, these systems can teach you how to use electronics with software applications and device specifications.

Hands-free faucets and lighting control are great examples of home automation, and they work on the same principles as a programmable thermostat. The faucet and lighting control equipment sensors can be triggered to turn on or off using a phone, tablet, or PC to request certain temperatures and lighting settings.

Smart home appliances such as programmable thermostats allow you to change the temperature settings in your home while allowing energy efficiency experts to program temperature settings based on what they assume is ideal for the average homeowner.

4. Basement

The basement can serve as an entertainment area or a kids’ playroom. Renovate or add-on to make it extra functional and attractive. A home theater system that includes a high-tech projector, surround sound, and other high-tech components will improve the value of your home.

The basement can also be used as the family's playroom, in which a few new pieces of furniture such as a table and sofa chairs will give it an instant facelift and make it look like a room with purpose. You can install a home gym in the basement, add a bar, or even a space for your wine collection. It adds a sense of sophistication and class to the room.

Level up your home theater experience with audio equipment and a surround sound system professionally installed by a home theater installer. Such equipment can also enhance streaming content on your TV, such as Netflix in the basement.

5. Bathroom

The bathroom is the perfect place to add some of the latest and most popular home gadgets. Since this is a room used by everyone in your family, you can make it more functional with a few smart home advancements.

A smart mirror can display information from your computer or an online service like YouTube in real-time. A digital scale that interacts with an app on your phone could let you know when there's something wrong, such as when you've gained weight or if something is going on with your blood pressure.

A bathtub with a built-in heater can give your family more comfort while taking a relaxing bath or warm shower. The lights can be set up to turn on automatically when the room is in use. The tub can be set up on a lift system to make it easy to install and remove when needed.

Improve the tiling and flooring in the bathroom. Replace old tile with new styles, giving it a more sophisticated look. A countertop option for the shower or tub can provide a classy appearance, such as Italian marble, when added to an otherwise plain white bathroom.

Other home remodeling projects to boost home value:

If your home doesn't have room to park your car, you can add a garage to the house. A garage is useful for storing things your household needs, such as the washing machine or bikes. You can also add storage space for your outdoor garden rake and pallets for outdoor storage.

A designated laundry area allows you to have the functionality of an indoor washing machine and dryer and install a wall with shelves to keep your detergents and other cleaning supplies. A laundry area is a perfect space for folding clothes too.

If you are thinking of selling your house in the future, home remodeling can be a great way to make it more valuable. Think about the home upgrades you want to do and choose the ones that will have the most impact during resale while keeping in mind your overall budget. Need professional help? Get in touch.

 

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