Some home improvement projects might add features or updates that you’ve always wanted for your home, but don’t always bring much in return in terms of home value. Others, on the other hand, are bound to bring a profit when it’s time to list your home.
1. Updating Windows and Doors
Looks aside, modern windows and doors are more energy efficient and help cut down on the heating and cooling costs for the home. Both will also bring visual appeal to the exterior and interior of your house, and a new front door has the potential to really make a statement. As the first thing visitors see when approaching the home, a fresh, updated front door is guaranteed to make a great first impression.
2. Roof and Siding
If the roof and siding on your home are under ten years old, chances are they are not ready to be replaced. On the other hand, older installations or any signs of damage, leaks, or other major issues with the roof or siding will be instant turn-offs as they indicate a significant expense soon after closing. For most buyers, a new roof and siding translate into stress-free living for the first years and many are willing to pay a premium for the reassurance.
3. Decks and Outdoor Living
Having a patch of lawn to call your own is nice, but having an updated deck and outdoor living features lets buyers know that the relaxation can begin as soon as the keys are handed over. When you choose high-quality, low-maintenance decking such as composite or PVC, you can enjoy your deck for years knowing it will still be in list-ready shape should you decide to sell your home. Adding features such as lighting and landscaping will only sweeten the deal.
4. Fresh Paint & Flooring
When you’re ready to list your home for sale, a fresh coat of paint in a modern, neutral color will help prospective buyers see themselves in your home. It also helps the house look clean and in good repair. While it’s not always possible to update flooring throughout the home, old carpeting should be replaced as it’s very noticeable and stands out to buyers as an expense they’ll have to deal with shortly after moving in. If other flooring types such as wood, laminate, and tile are in good shape, then a thorough cleaning, including grout when applicable, should be sufficient.
Pro Tip: Get Professional Help
Some jobs around the house are easy for homeowners to DIY, especially painting in easy-to-reach areas, and tackling cleaning and scrubbing projects yourself can save a lot of money in professional fees. For other jobs to bring the full value you’d like to see, professional installation is a must. Not only will potential buyers be more likely to trust the work, but in many cases, warranties and guarantees are not provided for jobs such as roofing, siding, and decking when they are done by anyone other than a professional.
When you’re ready to get started on the deck of your dreams, you can count on the professionals at Mitchell Construction. All of our carpenters are in-house employees, and we always maintain a safe, clean worksite at every job. To learn more, contact us today!