With the unpredictability of the housing market, it’s more important than ever to know different ways to increase your home value. While home improvements are never a guaranteed method to increase the value of a home, they will most likely put your property ahead of the competition. As you think about what you’ll improve around your home this year, consider one or more of the following options.
1. Eco-Friendly Features
Living green is a top priority for many people these days, which means eco-friendly upgrades offer a high return on investment. Eco-friendly home features range from tankless water heaters to water saving plumbing fixtures like sinks, toilets, and shower heads. Upgrading to a low flow plumbing fixture will significantly reduce your yearly water bill. When you remodel a room, you can also think about including renewable materials such as bamboo flooring. For the yard, try recycled mulch and composite decking made of recycled plastic and wood waste.
A garage may seem like a basic staple, but there are many homes that don’t have one. A garage provides a clean, dry, safe environment for parking cars while offering usable storage space for the homeowners. Keep the parking spaces tidy, clear out leaves and other debris on a regular basis, and clean up oil leaks as they occur. Install wall or ceiling shelves and cabinets to maximize vertical storage space, and good lighting to make the space more functional for working in the space.
3. Curb Appeal
Keeping a well maintained property instantly increases the value and general appeal of a home. Stay on top of seasonal outdoor tasks, such as mowing the grass, weeding the flowers, and watering the plants. Assess the condition of any smaller outdoor elements. A dingy mailbox or a broken doorbell may not seem like a big deal. However, these fixes are quick and inexpensive and go a long way toward improving the aesthetic of the home. Look for ways to add pops of color and unique touches that fit with the existing space.
4. Sprinkler System
Adding a fully functioning sprinkler system to a home offers a high level of convenience, while saving homeowners time and money. When a sprinkler system is in good working order and takes care of the entire yard, it’s easy to keep your property looking beautiful. Automatic sprinkler systems are also more efficient than traditional sprinklers, which saves you money on utilities. Program your system to run at optimal times of the day, such as first thing in the morning and during the early evening hours. An irrigation system professional can recommend proper maintenance procedures so that your system continues to run smoothly.
A roof protects the entire home, ensuring that the structure below remains in good condition. If your roof is older than 15 years, it’s time to hire a roof inspector and possibly install a new roof over the old roof or replace the roof entirely. There are a wide variety of roofing materials available including slate, metal, wood, and tile. Currently the most popular roofing material is asphalt shingles. These flexible, lightweight fiberglass mat shingles are covered in asphalt and colored with mineral granules.