If your TV is stuck on Home and Garden Television and you can’t find the remote control; if you recognize Bob Vila’s voice even without seeing him; and if you’re on a first-name basis with the clerks at the local home improvement center, chances are you’ve caught the home improvement bug.
Don’t worry as you’re not alone. Many Americans still have home improvement on their To-Do lists, sprucing up everything from the quality slate roofing of their Brooklyn homes, the yards of their New England saltboxes, to the fences of their Florida beach homes.
Whether you’re planning to put your house up for sale or just want to improve your homestead, renovations improve the value and the livability of your home. Keep in mind, though, that not all home improvements are created equal. If you’re eager to increase your home’s value, giving some careful thought to which projects you really need will greatly impact the value of your home.
The kitchen typically suffers the most wear and tear. And because most kitchens follow style and color trends, they often seem outdated compared to other rooms in the home. Minor improvements such as adding functionality with dual sinks and bigger stoves, and cosmetic improvements like under-cabinet lighting, granite countertops, and backsplashes can do wonders. A walk-in pantry or breakfast alcove can also increase value and add space.
The old saying that “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” is probably as dated as the condition of your roof. You only notice your roof when rainwater starts leaking in during storms or when shingles come flying off due to strong winds. Note that small improvements and minor roof repairs for your home can greatly improve its value. Spending some money to make sure your roof is in good condition is definitely something to consider.
The Front Porch
A front porch or deck not only provides a great space for your outdoor grill and barbecue parties, they also create the impression of a larger floor plan. Make sure you select only quality wood, and if you’re planning to use it all year-round, consider screening it in. It’s also a great way to put the lawn space to good use.
There’s nothing wrong with upgrading your home to increase its value, but there’s also nothing wrong in making sure the projects you do will give you the best results.