Looking to put your home on the market or just want to raise its overall value? There are many things you can do to achieve this desired goal; a bevy of factors determines this number. Houses are appreciating assets (assets that increase in value over time) and proper care should be taken for them: they are one of your most expensive belongings.
Of course, obvious answers to raise your home’s value include new coats of paint, decluttering the house, and fixing any structural damages. But are there more ways to raise your home’s value? Of course. Whether you want to hire an experienced contractor or start a new DIY project, let’s look at 3 overlooked home improvement options.
1. Improving Energy Efficiency
An increasingly important factor over the years is the energy efficiency of your home. Advancing technology has created many ways and products to help reduce the overall waste of a typical home. Energy-saving windows replacing your older ones, installing a smart thermostat, — a thermostat that can adjust the temperature automatically to save the most money — replacing old insulation, and investing in better, eco-friendly home appliances. “Going green” is a popular trend that new homebuyers are putting more stock into when deciding to buy a home.
2. New Roof Design
Even though most people believe that roofs are for rain protection and shelter, a home’s roof is greatly tied to its value. Having a well-maintained roof helps prevent interior damage. Regularly making sure that your gutters are clean, water isn’t pooling on the roof, and cracks aren’t forming is important to prevent future loss. Also, the visual appeal of a roof adds value as well. Different styles and models will change your home’s value accordingly. The experienced experts at 3JM install many types of roofing shingles including the popular wooden cedar shakes.
3. Implementing Landscaping
The exterior of your home is just as important as the interior. Proper landscaping around your home can greatly increase its overall value. Surprisingly, things such as pools, outdoor water features, and unkempt gardens can detract value from your home. Humans are beings of nature and respond positively to natural stimuli. Planting shrubs and trees increase the ambiance and shade of a home’s exterior. Other factors such as an automated irrigation system, an all-season deck, a landscaped pathway, and proper lighting can positively affect real estate value.