Sunday, October 23, 2011

Projects That Add Value to Your Home - Part 1

When you're looking to refinance or sell your home, you'll want to get the best offer possible and that may require some renovations to increase the value of your home.

Here are a few ideas that are sure to add value and an extra sparkle to your home:

  • Work on the appearance of your yard. Your front yard creates the first impression to potential buyers. Having it neat and clean can score you points!
  • New paint or siding can increase property value faster than any other single renovation. 
  • Fence in your yard. This creates a larger market for your home, especially for potential buyers who value privacy or who have pets and/or children and need a fenced in yard.
  • Landscaping adds personality to your home. Even better than having a clean cut lawn, adding trees, bushes or flowers can make the home feel more welcoming. Just be careful not to go overboard.
  • Make sure gutters are in working condition. Clear all gutters of clogs and ensure they are clean. Rusty gutters visible to a potential buyer can be a turn off. 
  • Porches and covered decks add major appeal to a home. If funding is available, consider adding a deck in the backyard, great for barbecuing and dinners outdoors!
  • A paved or concrete driveway that is free of grease stains and offers ample parking is always a plus! If you don't have the budget to replace the driveway, rent a pressure cleaner to wash away unsightly stains.
  • Ample lighting in the home gives potential buyers a secure feeling. Be sure to check bulbs in rooms throughout the house to ensure every light is working. 
  • Key rooms to renovate in the home are the bathrooms, kitchen and master bedroom. Any renovations, such as appliance upgrades, can add a great deal of value to your home.
Stay tuned to my blog for more great tips on adding value to your home. And remember, if you're in the market for a new home, visit my website for great listings! 

Source: Max-Info

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