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When you want to refinance, rent, or sell your home, you need to make it the best it can be. Using the 7 fixes below, you can take your home to the next level.
7. Add Curb Appeal
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If you can’t see at least 75 percent of the house from the front, it can appear foreboding to someone who might want to live there. The only kind of person who wants to live in a creepy shadow-hole is exactly the kind of person you do not want as a renter. Or if you’re in the market to sell, they’re the kind of person who probably can’t afford to buy your home.
6. Open Up the Space
Open spaces give people more options. If you can find a structural engineer, you can find out which walls aren’t load bearing and knock them out. You can turn average floor plans into dream spaces just by making them larger, and potential buyers and renters love the idea of having a bigger and more luxurious space.
5. Make the Home More Efficient
Adding insulation in the attic is fairly easy, as is caulking the windows to seal out drafts. If you want to be fancier, you can insulate the water pipes, install insulation over basement walls, and even add new windows. If you’re replacing old windows, new ones can sometimes double the value of your house. Anything that saves utility money and makes the space more comfortable adds value.
4. Ensure the Structure is Sound
If your home is structurally sound, people will feel more secure placing their safety and their money into it. Having a termite inspection done and getting a domestic electrician to inspect your wires are two very good ways to make sure your home is solid. You also can carefully mark your water meter, leave your home for a few hours and then check it. If the needle hasn’t moved in four hours, you most likely don’t have any water leaks (thereby ensuring there will be no structure-compromising water damage).
3. Beautify the Front Door
Front doors sell homes. Make the door look inviting, and people will want to walk in. You may even want to replace the door altogether with something bright and open. Just make sure to keep security in mind regardless of what you do with your door.
2. Shine a Light
Lights are great everywhere, and you can balance natural and artificial light to create a mixture that people will love. A few skylights, a translucent window treatment here and there, and a few extra ceiling lights can make a world of difference to a potential buyer and since skylights are becoming a hot trend for newly remodeled homes, check out Long Island Roofing to boost the value of your home.
1. Tend to the Little Things
Anything that needs to be fixed should be fixed promptly. Not taking care of your home destroys value rapidly, while taking steps to preserving value will yield the biggest returns. Your home could become aged like fine wine over time, but if you don’t maintain the place, it will simply become run down.
Your home can be even more amazing than it already is, and the potential gains could affect your bottom line. By using a few reasonably simple fixes, you can accomplish huge results.
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