In a volatile housing market, it can be difficult to find the perfect time to sell your home. Nationwide, housing sales have slowed in the past few months, and even if you’ve put your house on the market, it could take months or years to close. Whether you’re currently looking to sell, considering it in the future, or just want to improve your home, there are lots of projects you can tackle to help add to the value of your home in the short and long term!
- Remodeling the kitchen
The kitchen is the heart of the home for a reason. Whether you’re there for breakfast before school, Thanksgiving dinner prep, or a late night snack, the kitchen is always a hub of activity for any home, and making upgrades can improve the quality of life for your family and increase the value of the house. Best of all, you don’t have to spend a fortune redoing the kitchen all at once. Affordable remodeling ideas include updating the lighting, using tile instead of slabs for the countertops, or a new coat of paint.
Most importantly, it’s critical not to go overboard remodeling your kitchen vs. the style of the rest of the house. As great as it looks on TV, building out an ultra-modern kitchen in an older, less contemporary home will make it stick out and could make it less attractive to buyers. Before you start, consider how your new kitchen will fit in with the rest of the home, and don’t plan a remodeling project that will clash with the style of the house!
- Invest in energy efficiency
There’s nothing more attractive to potential buyers, or to your family’s expenses, than a home that actively works to save you money. Between new energy-efficient appliances, installing smart thermostats, adding or replacing insulation, and switching to more efficient lighting, there are so many ways you can invest in energy efficiency that will save you money every day, increase the value of your home, and help lessen your impact on the environment. Best of all, there are options for every budget, so if you aren’t quite in the market to buy all new Energy Star appliances, you can start with some efficient lightbulbs and an insulation assessment first!
- Ongoing maintenance projects
Nobody likes spending their Saturday morning handling the “honey-do-list,” but if you knew what basic upkeep projects could do to the value of your home, you might hop out of bed a little quicker. Projects like repainting the interior/exterior of the home, replacing wiring and plumbing, and inspecting for rot, mold, or leaks will help keep your house looking fresh and guarantee you catch any issues before they can cause real damage. Even the most basic tasks like landscaping improve the quality of life for your family and are key to the all-important curb appeal. Neglecting repair and inspection tasks around the house just leads to unpleasant surprises down the road, either for you or prospective buyers.
- Replace windows
Speaking of curb appeal, old windows can really damage the appearance of your house from the outside and the quality of light on the inside. Aging single-pane windows don’t just gradually look worse, they could be a serious drain on your energy efficiency efforts! When you see the before and after effects of adding beautiful new windows to a home, you’ll understand the difference in home value and energy savings. Buying new windows can transform rooms by allowing fresh light to illuminate the best details of the interior. Why rely on bulbs to light your home when residential window replacement can provide natural, healthy light throughout your home, add curb appeal, and decrease your energy costs?
- Make the outdoors a destination
Everyone loves a fun backyard for the kids to play in and to host a weekend BBQ, and there are lots of great ways to improve your outdoor space without breaking the bank. You don’t necessarily need to build a pool or grow out some ornate landscaping that requires constant upkeep, but investing in a deck or patio, a fire pit with family seating, or a grill area can make your home the place to be for family and friends, and add to the resale value down the road. Make sure whatever is on the outside of your beautiful new windows looks as great as they do!
Whether you’re looking to make quick improvements so you can sell now, or just want to slowly increase the value of your home over time, these projects can help build a better home for your family and lower your annual expenses. Many of them are affordable and can start improving your home today, so why wait? NG Windows can help you assess and install insulation and replace those aging windows and doors with beautiful, energy efficient solutions that will improve the quality of life and appearance of your home. Come by and visit us at our showroom at 1210 Warsaw Rd., Suite 1000, Roswell, GA 30076, or give us a call at 770.888.1604 to schedule a free consultation, and start adding value to your home today!