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Home Improvment Adding Value

The choice to begin making home improvements is a solid one. You can add value to your home while transforming it into the house that you call home. Below, you will find some great tips to use to add value while changing the way that your home looks.

Tip: Even a novice at home improvements can fix a leaky faucet. You will lessen your water usage if you fix them right away.

Starting in the kitchen is a brave move. It takes a lot of work and can get rather costly very quickly. It, however, is likely going to be your best place to start if you are considering increasing the value of your home through home improvement. This is especially true if the kitchen is outdated or dark. Most homeowners prefer a light and airy kitchen to prepare the meals for their families in. You will be able to resell your home for much more if you spend some time and money renovating the kitchen, which boosts the value of your home.

Tip: If you are going to put a wood burning stove in your home, be sure that Environmental Protection Agency has certified it. The newer stoves will carry this certification, but ones that are older may need to be tested to be sure that they meet the standards of current emissions.

Your bathroom would be a great second step to take. This is another difficult renovation and can also be quite costly. You will recoup the cost of the work if you do it right. Include new fixtures, fresh paint and even new tile on the floor and your return will be great.

Tip: If you're unhappy with the work that your contractor has done, you need to be vocal. Get in touch with your contractor and mention the violations he is guilty of.

Additional living areas in the home are a wonderful addition. Finishing a basement or attic space to use as family rooms or bedrooms will increase the value of the home. The more livable square footage, the more your home is worth. You do not have to go all out in these spaces. As long as they can be considered living areas and are comfortable, they will do their job and increase the value of your home.

Tip: Turn off the plumbing if any home improvement projects will take place in the bathroom or kitchen. This is true of any project that will impact your pipes or your water supply; always find the shutoff valve.

Add some living areas in your backyard. Adding a deck to the back of the house or a beautiful patio in the yard will make your home more enticing to many buyers. The more you can do to interest potential buyers, the more you can get out of your home.

Tip: Before starting that new home improvement project, take time to consider its potential return for the money spent on the project. It is smart to pick a project that will add a lot of value to your house.

You may even want to consider adding an additional bathroom to your home. Many older homes only have a single bathroom in them, so if this is the case, a second bathroom will be well worth the expense. Often, home buyers want more than a single bathroom in the house, so the addition of a second will boost the ease of sale at a better price.

Tip: If you are thinking about doing home improvements make sure that your potential contractors have the proper state licensing. You can easily find out this information by looking at your state government's website or by calling them.

Upgrading your appliances will add a great deal of appeal and conserve energy. Many times, when you make changes around the home that prove to be energy conservative, the buyer will have a greater appreciation and more interest in buying the home. These days, everything is going green, and if you already have the updates in the home to make it green, that means that they will not have to do it after they buy the home.

Using home improvement projects to boost the value of your home can be fun and challenging, but well worth the work and investment. Get started today and soon you will have a home that is worth more and is more appealing to future buyers.

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