East or west, home is the best. Well, rightly so. Your home is your sanctuary, an area of comfort and stability that ties to your daily routine. To an extent, your home is your most significant investment, as it should be. That being said, you must maintain and add value to your home through renovations.
Maintenance and renovations may feel tedious, time-consuming, and expensive. Worry not. Making changes to your home adds value when you decide to rent or sell. Below are some changes you can make yearly and increase your home’s worth.
Upscale Doors and Window Replacements
Door or window upgrades are not too exciting. However, they’re pleasing for their added value. Door and window replacements will return you more than 80% in recouped costs. It’s important to note that door changes also include your gate and garage doors.
A valuable upgrade means changing the material and investing in luxury additions like sliding barn door hardware. Changing the sidings and windows also increases the value of your home. It’s essential to consider your location’s weather and aesthetic appeal when making these changes.
Loft to Extra Bedroom
Loft conversion adds style, creates space, and, in turn, add value to your home. It is also one of the easiest but worthy home additions. Converting your loft always ends in you having an extra bedroom. More rooms mean more value.
It remains vital to have a professional check out your structure and ensure safety. A loft conversion could be disastrous if the added weight isn’t well supported. You can make further adjustments like sky roofs for lighting and visual space for the loft.
Refurbish or Extend Your Kitchen
The kitchen is a crucial sell-point when houses are on sale. It’s a pretty significant area in our general lives too. Kitchens could be the benchmark for your home’s general value. It might feel expensive completely changing your kitchen outlook. Therefore, regularly change one item after the other throughout the year. Some improvements include modernizing the countertops and cabinets, buying the latest appliances, and fixing sinks.
Extending your kitchen to add a side return adds space to have a meal or relax while cooking. Side returns are little light and airy alley spaces adjacent to the kitchen. Minor kitchen improvements recoup 81% of cost upon sale, with 50% recoups on major changes.
Gardens Are Heavenly
A well-nurtured garden not only gives your home a cutting edge but also increases its value. Gardens are a major outdoor space attraction. Full-scale upgrade on your garden could include deck addition/upgrade and adding a conservatory. Both these improvements increase your living space tremendously. In addition, they add visual flow to your home by merging the indoors and outdoors.
Deck additions and requirements of adding conservatories could be costly but remain worthwhile. You’ll need materials like wood or glass and seek permission to build from the necessary authorities.
Remodel Your Bathroom
The bathroom is an area meant to relieve, freshen up and relax you. Thus, adding value by remodeling your bathroom should be an annual priority change. Upgrading the bathroom, however, only returns you about half your remodeling cost. Making the changes on a budget is the best way to go about it.
It’s easier to keep your layout and work on changing the items in the bathroom. Updating tiles, counters, toilets and switching to a different aesthetic appeal are great improvements. One noteworthy trend is that making your bathroom universally age accessible will add value to your home. The reason being the number of older people continues to increase. Such changes include wider doors, lower light switches, and support-built toilets. It’s recommended you survey the pipes and shower system and make any changes as required.
Going the Energy-Efficient Way
Here you add energy-efficient items like lighting, solar and upgrade to ways that save energy on your electrical usage. It adds value to your home by reducing your spending on the power that runs your home. Communicate with your local utility company to keep up and track changes in your energy usage.
During the year, seasonal changes or unexpected damages occur in your home. Ensuring that you survey your home monthly and seasonally adds value to your home. The changes might seem trivial, but they are signs that you neglect your home. Check on the roofs, walls, or even paint/repaint your home.
Your home is an investment that you can’t ignore. As you grow, match the growth with improvements to your space. Add value to your home and your investment will always be at its best.