You can increase home value with these home improvement tips. The key to maintaining the maximum home value possible is to keep up with all the maintenance in your home and not letting anything slip.
Psychologically, we are more willing to do little home improvement jobs at reasonable costs through out the year. This keeps our home value high. On the other hand, we are more reluctant to dump thousands into repairs and maintenance that we have been avoiding for years.
What is the Condition of your Deck?
The condition of your deck can influence home value. Your deck needs yearly work done to it. Make sure that your deck is properly waterproofed and stained.
There are home improvement books devoted to building and maintaining decks. If you have a deck you should own one of these books and follow the suggestions therein for deck upkeep. To get the top sale price of your home the deck must be in good condition.
How Does the Kitchen Look?
Kitchens can be home improvement nightmares. This is because the kitchen is a huge factor that effects home value. A nice kitchen can get you top dollar while a dilapidated one will give the buyer some negotiation power.
Be sure to maintain the quality of your kitchen floor, counters and cabinets. There is no need to replace cabinets. A good furniture refinisher can have them looking new. However, be sure to check local cabinet sellers. There are some good deals out there.
Do You Know What Kind of Wiring Your House Has?
This can be a home improvement nightmare as well. Depending on the last time your house was rewired, you may be required to redo it before you can sell it. You can live in a house that is not up to code, but you can’t sell it.
It should not cost a lot to have someone come and do an inspection of the wiring and your fuse box. If this as not been done in a while then do it as soon as you can. Wiring can’t really effect the value of your home, but you will not be able to sell a home that is not up to code.
These home improvement tips can help you get maximum home value when you are ready to sell. A bad deck or kitchen can give the buyer a lot of leverage to buy at below market value, and bad wiring can delay the sale of your home altogether.
Try and do 2 or 3 home improvement projects each year. These are tax deductible and can therefore lower your taxes.