There are a lot of expensive home improvements, but not all of them are created equal. Just because you spend ten grand on a new dream kitchen doesn’t mean that you have just added ten grand to the value of the house. In fact, if a potential buyer doesn’t like the same type of kitchen as you do, then that could actually work against you when you go to sell your home. Whether you are eyeing an imminent sale or simply want to make sure every little improvement you make actually helps, look at the following home improvements to truly get the most for your money when it comes time to sell.
Solar Panel Installation
While there is some debate about solar panels, there’s little question that they are often seen as a huge positive for a home. Aside from being eco-friendly and trendy, this also indicates lower utility bills and with the right set up, sometimes can even result in making money if you put more back into the grid than you take out. Your home’s sale value won’t be hurt by this step.
Build a Deck
Building a decent deck is an improvement that often adds immediate value to a home. Who doesn’t like a large deck area where you can barbecue, have company, or just sit out in lawn chairs and enjoy the evening air? The key is to build a high quality deck and not take shortcuts.
Convert an Attic to a Bedroom
If you have an attic, converting it into its own bedroom is a great way to increase the value of the home. Essentially you’re giving up a room no one ever asks about to get an extra bedroom. You need to do the full job, though. That means insulation, wallpaper, the full conversion to a fully functional bedroom and not a glorified hybrid.
The bathroom is a room where a remodel will go a long way. No one wants an old fashioned bathroom compared to a new and sleek model. Many old country homes only have showers in the basement – having a modern bathroom with upstairs showers in a modern bathroom will not only increase the value of the home but it will also make the house far more attractive to a wide variety of buyers.
These are relatively simple improvements, but if you go with these to make your house feel more like home, you’ll not only live better but you’ll also get a better price if the time ever comes to move!