Part 2: Ten more surefire ways to get the most bang for your buck.
If you haven’t seen the first 10 Ways to Make Your Home Worth More, get caught up here first.
#11: Install New Windows
Installing new windows can be beneficial for more than one reason. On an average house, 30 percent of energy is lost through windows. They are not only important in terms of energy issues, but they are also a signal to a future buyer that the current homeowners have really taken good care of the house.
#12: Be Sure an Addition Blends
Make sure an addition does not stick out like a sore thumb. Many additions look like a box that has been attached to the back of a house. Combine design elements of the original house and the addition to create a seamless makeover.
#13: Bring In a New Bath
There is no such thing as too many bathrooms. If your home has fewer faucets than beds, you might want to consider adding a bathroom. If you have only one bathroom upstairs, your guests have to go traipsing up the stairs and throughout your home. That could be uncomfortable for both parties involved. Why not use that unused space underneath the stairs? It’s a great way to utilize space that would otherwise just be used for storage.
#14: Invest In a Major Kitchen Remodel
Having the same old tired kitchen in a 1978 house is likely to stop a house from selling. If you have the yardage, extend your kitchen into the backyard. Size really matters when it comes to kitchens — the bigger the better! Update it with lots of recessed lighting and cherry cabinets, if you can. It won’t be cheap, but it will be a great investment for the long-term. It could be the difference between being able to sell your house or not in a tighter market.
#15: Liven Up the Landscaping
Your yard may be thirsty for a makeover. Dirt and old, dead grass does not constitute a yard. Turn your desert landscape into a destination hot spot with plenty of seating, elegant water features and lush plants. You could even add extra square footage for entertaining. Even if you’re not in a warm climate, glamming up a not-so-hot yard is a good way to go!
#16: Get a New Roof
If yours is a roof that the neighbors talk about (and not in a good way), fix it! A shabby roof leaves a first impression that the current homeowners don’t take good care of their place. If the roof is plain, flat and turning green in the corners, people will look at it and see major problems that could be showing inside the house. Replace the old, three-tab flat shingles with architectural shingles that provide a lot more texture and depth. It can really change the character and the feel of the house, and the cost can be easy on the pocket. From a purely aesthetic stand point, a new roof that is architecturally interesting can only be a plus.
#17: Add On a Family Room
Add more space and square footage with a new family room. What people want these days are open floor plans, so create a bright new spot for the family. And everyone loves a fireplace.
#18: Create or Renovate a Master Suite
Master suites aren’t really a luxury anymore — they’re an expected feature. On average, 33 percent of house shoppers are more likely to buy a recently-renovated home. Work within the footprint of the house to increase your return on investment. Entice buyers with a cozy open space and a really nice closet. Squeeze in as much storage room as you can.
#19: Spring for a Sunroom
Anytime you can add square footage and living space to your home, it’s a winner. Build a sunroom in the back of the house where you have less tree cover and more privacy. The result? A stunning addition that transforms the entire house. The room attracts sunlight during the day and guests in the evening.
#20: Update the Home Office
Take care of business with a home office remodel. More and more people are working out of their houses. It’s not just a luxury, but a necessity. Turn an unused den or an old office into an inviting work sanctuary with new windows, a fresh coat of paint and built-in shelving, and you’re sure to reap the rewards.