We all know home is where the heart is – but it can also be where the money is. For most people, your house is your No. 1 investment. So whether you’re looking to upgrade for your own enjoyment or preparing your home to sell in a hot market, here are some simple solutions to add value to your property.
Improve Your Curb Appeal
The exterior of your home is the first thing you see when you pull into the driveway after a long day at the office. (It’s also the first impression for your neighbors, passersby on their morning walk, or potential buyers.) Spruce things up with a fresh coat of paint in a classic neutral like grey, white or beige. Try a contrasting window trim, or a bold front door. Add a pop of color with flowering bushes, and clean up your existing landscape. New exterior light fixtures can go a long way in updating the look of your home.
Add More Square Footage
Whether you’re converting an existing space – think garage to bonus living room – or adding on a new master bed and bath, adding square footage immediately adds value to your home. Plus, additions are a great return on investment. If you’re selling, adding on to your home will add dollars to your bank account, leaving you in a better place to purchase your next property or pay down debt. (Or with instant savings for other big dreams.)
Become Energy Efficient
Look for ways to improve energy efficiency by making a list from room to room. Consider your lighting, heating and cooling, windows and doors. By sealing or replacing windows and changing your old light bulbs to LEDs, you could save money on utility bills in the long run. That’s a bonus whether you stay in your home or sell to a new owner.
Get Tech Savvy
From our phones to our homes, everything is smart nowadays. Add value to your house by installing smart cameras, locks, lighting, thermostats and security systems. Most of these items are relatively inexpensive, and you’ll enjoy the convenience of monitoring them directly from your pocket!
Update Your Appliances
Make sure your major appliances are up-to-date and in proper working order. Yes, these are big-ticket items, but they make a major difference for peace of mind … especially when getting ready to sell. Some appliances, like water heaters, might be required to replace before closing. Others, like your refrigerator or dishwasher, are more for looks. Most buyers like to see stainless steel in the kitchen, so watch for sales at home improvement stores near holidays, and always ask for a military discount.
At Pelican Home Solutions, we can help you on your journey to your dream home. Contact us [LINK TO CONTACT PAGE] today to get started on your renovation project.