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Renovations that increase your home’s value

Home improvements don’t just make your house feel more comfortable, it adds to its value as well. However, not all renovations are created equal – some are more attractive to buyers, and thus increase your home value more. If you’re looking to renovate your home, stick to these smart options:

A second floor

Square footage is one of the first things buyers look at when shopping for properties, and you can add more to your home with a second floor. This floor can house an extra bedroom and bathroom – perfect if you like having friends and family over. While such a project can cost a pretty penny, a more spacious home is better able to fetch top dollar.

Kitchen remodel

During open houses, it’s really the kitchen that prospective buyers peek into first. The heart of the home is a major draw because it’s also one of the most used. Putting in a kitchen island, expanding the countertops, and having energy-efficient appliances makes one’s cooking experience much more enjoyable – and will give future buyers one more reason to choose your home.

More bathrooms

There’s a reason why the number of bedrooms and bathrooms are often listed side-by-side: a palatial five-bedroom house that has only one bathroom is an incredibly tough sell. After all, no one wants to line up to use the bathroom in their own home. Luckily, you can add another bathroom to make sure this doesn’t happen. Both your family and future buyers will appreciate it.

Up your curb appeal

Do people stop when they see your lawn or do they drive past it? If it’s the latter, it’s time to work on your home’s curb appeal. This can include anything from replanting the turf, to repainting the exteriors walls, to installing a stylish front door. You can also add a front porch to add more usable living space to your home. Another option is to add siding to your walls, which protects them from the elements and cuts down on maintenance requirements.

Deck or Patio

Speaking of outdoor spaces, you can also add a deck or patio. These are an extension of your interior living space, and can serve as the perfect venue for al fresco dining, entertaining, or good old-fashioned unwinding. An outdoor fire pit, barbecue station, or gazebo are perfect complements to your patio.

Attic Bedroom

Why let the space in your attic go to waste when you can turn it into a bedroom? This is the perfect project if you’re expanding your brood or if you always have guests over.  Do note that you’ll need to add insulation to your attic to keep excess heat out. That said, this added insulation also benefits the rest of the house, so it is well worth the added expense.

Home renovations typically require a lot of time and money, so choose projects that give you the best returns. Need help improving your home before putting it on the market? Get in touch with Sheri Normandin by calling 949-612-5884 or by e-mailing anytime.