Raising The Value Of Your Home With Renovations (That Won’t Need A Lottery Win)

There are so many reasons for selling your home.  Whether it’s to unlock capital for another home or you need to raise some of the equity in your home to cushion against adverse financial conditions or you’re starting a business.

 

Whatever your reasons are for wanting a sale, making sure that your home gets to put its best foot forward can potentially add thousands of dollars to its resale value, and it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg either.  Here are 3 great ways to improve the value of your home.

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THE EXTERIOR

 

It should go without saying, but just in case we’ll say it again.  First impressions count.  They count for humans and they count for your home too.  Research from Princeton University reveals that potential buyers have made the initial decision whether to purchase or not within a tenth of a second.  Furthermore, 87% of buyers said that they relied on photographs when house hunting.  So following that logic, paint, paint, and then paint some more.  This is one area where you can stand to spend a bit more on so even if you can’t afford a professional painter, invest in some decent paint and then do the job yourself.  Also consider the state of your garden, swimming pool, pathways, and paving. If you have broken patio furniture or untidy flowerbeds then get them repaired.  There’s a popular saying in England: “an Englishman’s home is his castle”. Consider that when thinking of what you’re planning on doing to your castle.

 

INTERIOR

 

Conduct an audit of each room and living space on the interior of your home.  Make a solid list of what needs repairing, replacing, or touching-up.  Work through this list until each job is complete and while this may take you a little longer than what you were aiming for, simple adjustments like replacing worn or dirty carpets with rugs or repositioning furniture to hide spills or wear show a sense of pride in your home.  You don’t have to be a billionaire to create a harmonious and fresh living space and potential buyers will sense it.

 

NICE TO HAVES

 

If you live in areas where heat is an issue and your home doesn’t have air conditioning or other climate-controlling facilities, then this is an area you want to divert a decent amount of your resources to.  Consider that if you’re looking for another home in the same area, how nice it would be to have air conditioning or cooling systems, especially since you know what it’s like to not have it.  Then think about what’s going on inside the mind of potential buyers.  So, think about finding a service that offers  heating and cooling in my area, and you’ll be on your way.

 

Property remains one of the best ways to create wealth and a legacy and so it’s worth taking on improvement projects as you can afford them instead of then you have to afford them but always remember that if you’re not particularly skilled in remodeling or renovating work, there are some projects that don’t “DIY” very well.

6 Areas of the Home You Should Never DIY

Everyone loves to do a bit of DIY work because it helps them save money and also get some experience to make future repairs and renovations quick and easier. This is great if you’re starting up a fairly simple or easy project, but what if you’re trying to do something that is deceptively difficult or time-consuming?

 

Not only does your renovation have a chance of failing, but it can also lead to a lot of wasted money and, in some cases, even lead to you getting injured if you’re not careful. This is why it’s essential that you think twice before DIYing certain areas of your home, and in this post, we’re going to cover 6 of those areas.

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  1. Roof repairs and renovations

 

Trying to repair anything on the roof is dangerous because there’s always the possibility that you might slip and fall off. Even if you think you’re being safe, one misstep on a loose tile is enough to send you off to the side. Whether it’s renovating your roof with asphalt shingle roofing or repairing a leak, it’s a good idea to speak to a professional that offers roofing services instead of risking your own life.

 

  1. Repainting areas of the kitchen

 

Repainting the kitchen might seem easy, but you’d be surprised at how challenging it is to tackle the layers of grease on areas like your kitchen cabinets and walls. A contractor can help you clean these areas to ensure the paint bonds to your kitchen furniture and walls.

 

  1. Any kind of “custom” DIY

 

Custom DIY projects, such as a custom shower, custom shed or even a custom sofa should only be carried out if you have experience in those fields or if it’s a small project that won’t affect you or your home should it fail. Leave these to designs and contractors that know what they’re doing.

 

  1. Plumbing-related DIY

 

Plumbing issues such as low water pressure or a leaky pipe might seem like easy fixes, but this is a DIY project that can quickly get expensive. This is because it’s easy to damage your pipes and make things a lot worse, leading to more expenses and more time with a poorly-functioning plumbing system.

 

  1. Electrical projects

 

Electricity is no laughing matter, and it’s not something you should be messing with unless you have ample experience and protective gear. While replacing something like a socket face plate isn’t a huge deal, anything related to the internal wiring of your home should be done by a professional.

 

  1. Anything related to the structure of your home

 

Thinking about knocking down walls? Want to replace a wall with something else? Adding an extension to your home? These are the types of areas that you should absolutely not try to fix or renovate on your own because it involves the structure of your home. This means that it could potentially make your home weaker, it could cause damage to the foundation of your home and could lead to issues like wonky floors.

Carrying out your own DIY projects is admirable, but there are times when it’s far better to hire a contractor or at least contact someone that knows what they’re doing. This will save you a lot of time and money in the long run, so it’s ultimately worth it despite the potentially increased costs.

Children’s Handmade Christmas Decorations #DIY #Christmas List

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With three little grandsons running around our house, I have learned the best moments are those making memories. I love to do arts and crafts with them and just trying to take every opportunity to teach them new things. This time of year makes me really realize what is important…. memories!!!  My favorite gifts are their pictures or handmade items. I am sharing the best, easiest and cheapest DIY Christmas gifts for children to make. These would be awesome to do at school, Sunday School or at home.

http://www.joann.com/christmas-bell-ornaments/482608P25.html

 

http://dearcrissy.com/diy-christmas-photo-ornament/

 

http://myclassroomideas.com/christmas-ornament/

 

http://sheaffertoldmeto.com/on-2nd-day-of-christmas-gifts-for-my/

 

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http://frommrstomama.blogspot.com/2013/11/20-days-of-christmas-crafts-with-kids.html

 

http://www.thingstoshareandremember.com/sled-craft-ornament/

 

http://www.iheartartsncrafts.com/20-keepsake-ornaments-for-kids-to-make/

 

http://krokotak.com/category/holidays/christmas/

Feel free to add some you like or find this season. I would love to see even more! I can’t wait to share some of these cute ideas!!