Being a homeowner can be stressful, no doubt about it. For a lot of us, the homes we buy become our biggest investment. Whether you’re planning to sell your home or have decided that you will spend the rest of your life there – upgrades are ever important. The good news is that the value of your home can be greatly increased by many inexpensive upgrades. You may be surprised to see how easy some of these upgrades are to do yourself. I will cover a few of these upgrades that you can utilize to raise the value and make your home even more efficient.
Create an Attractive Yard
Landscape, Landscape, Landscape. The first thing that you and your guests see when arriving to your home, is likely your yard. An attractive yard is a must for a home if you’re looking for value. At permabuy.com, we strive to provide you with products that will last you a lifetime. That’s why I need to mention perennials. Perennials are flowers that generally bloom throughout the Spring and Summer, die out in the Fall and Winter but come back each year due to their roots surviving the cooler winter. Planting perennials once is a great way to get a consistent, beautiful display each year. Planting trees can also make a big difference in your home value and even your electricity efficiency. Did you know that a tree that provides shade to you home will considerably lower your electricity costs during the warmer months? While planting trees may not provide instant gratification or results, it is a great value booster and is even better for the environment.
So you have picked out the flowers that you want to plant and decided where they would look the most attractive. Now, we need to build a frame for the beautiful picture that you will be creating. The materials that you have to choose from are vast and may seem overwhelming if you’re a beginner to landscaping. Cement or brick pavers are very popular due to their low costs and ease of installation. They are also effective in the fight against weeds trying to intrude your flower garden if used properly. Other long lasting materials include: plastic, wooden railroad ties and stone. Remember, if you have chosen to plant perennials, you will have the same display each year. It is important that you choose a material that goes well with the colors of the flowers that will bloom.
An important step to maintaining the attractiveness of the exterior of your home is to power wash it. You can usually catch a good power washer on sale as the weather begins warming up. It would probably be just as easy to rent one from a hardware store, if you’ll only use it once a year. They are simple to use and can be used to freshen up your siding, deck or even fence. The outside elements are tough on your home’s exterior. By power washing your home you can turn it back into the dazzling piece of curb appeal that it is meant to be.
Check Beneath Your Carpet
If you’re considering replacing your carpet, it is worth pulling some up before scheduling an appointment to have it replaced. Before carpeting gained its popularity, hardwood floors were all the rage. However, these days, a beautiful, shining hardwood floor can bump the value of your home, considerably. It’s likely that if you have an older home that there is a nice layer of hardwood already there. Even if your hardwood isn’t perfect beneath the carpet, a good belt sander, some stain and a little bit of work will be all you need to return your hidden hardwood into its original beauty!
The Importance of Paint
There is no easier way to add a fresh look to your home than by painting. Paint is so low cost and easy to DIY that it can be used whenever you want to change up the appearance of your home. Painting can also provide a boost in value by covering up unappealing stains that your walls may gather over time.
Getting an Expert’s Opinion
Maybe you have a friend that is an interior designer or realtor by trade. For those of you that don’t, you will probably only be out a consultation fee of $100 to get the opinion of a professional that makes a living out of sprucing up homes. They will be able to give you plenty of ideas on how to fix up your place.
Cheap Updates for Your Bathroom
The bathroom may be the best room in your house to make simple upgrades that can give you a huge advantage in modernizing your home. It’s amazing what a fresh floor of tile, an updated shower curtain and even a new toilet seat can do to keep your bathroom up to date.
In this section, I want to talk about several ways to make your home more energy efficient. While, not everything on this list is inexpensive, some of the costlier items will pay themselves back by lowering your energy bill. It’s important to consider that factor when taking on some of these high investment/ high return options.
- Plastic Wrap Windows – While plastic wrapping your windows will not win you any awards for being the interior designer of the year, you will be able to keep air from entering your home by sealing window panes that may not be totally blocked. Cold or warm air entering your home will increase the power that your AC or heating system has to use to maintain consistent temperature control
- Smart Thermostats – By using a “learning thermostat” you are able to access the temperature control of the device through its built in Wi-FI through your smartphone. These create an even bigger advantage than using a standard programmable thermostat by letting you determine exactly when you want to alter the temperature.
- Insulate – Your attic is a room that probably goes unnoticed and even less used. The importance of insulation is huge when it comes to keeping your home sealed. By using the U.S. Department of Energy’s calculator, you can determine the best type of insulation for your home as well as determine your amount of savings.
- Look for The Energy Star Label on Appliances – Most of the appliances that are being manufactured today, have a seal that gloats enhanced performance, improved quality and offers lower utility bills. Energy Star appliances include: refrigerators, heating and ac units, dishwashers and hot water heaters. By spending a little and upgrading to these efficient machines, you will see considerable savings on your electricity costs.
I hope these tips will comfort you if you’re feeling overwhelmed by trying to fix up your home. The truth is that most home upgrades can be achieved by a little research and more importantly, inexpensively. Good luck on upgrading your home, whether you’re planning to sell or are already in your dream home.