Investing in your home is more than renovating the kitchen; it’s knowing what needs to be done to prolong its life!
Rooves rot, windows lose their efficiency, and cracks appear simply due to age and repeated exposure to the seasons. Investment needs to be done on maintaining, as much as it needs to be done for aesthetics. You already know that adding another bedroom will increase your property’s value. You know a kitchen or bathroom remodel will fetch you the best return on your initial investment. What you might not be familiar with is how the following top renovations will improve your home’s value:
Using Smart Landscaping
Landscaping frames any property in natural beauty and works to make it more attractive to buyers. Though it won’t necessarily mean a huge uptick in your home’s value, it could result in a bidding war depending on the market when you sell. Landscaping, however, can be so much more than that. With the right design, you can create a smart outdoor living area that adds value to your home and decreases energy usage. Plant coniferous trees alongside your walls will reduce heat loss due to aggressive and cold winds. Planting large overhead trees in the summer will shade your roof and keep your home cool. Improving the value of your property for these smart landscaping choices is all about marketing successfully.
Insulate Your Attic
Insulating your attic can do two things; one, it can help improve the heat distribution in your home. Two, it means you can now finally renovate that area if it is large enough and potentially add in an extra bedroom. You will need to first invest in Attic Projects services to clean your attic and seal it to prevent rodents from entering. Once this is done, this Orange County attic company can then insulate your attic and prime it for any additional renovation work to be done later on.
Replace Your Windows
Double glazing works not because air is trapped between the windows, but a non-toxic gas. This gas makes it far more difficult for heat to transfer, but it does leak out very slowly over time. That is why it is essential to bring in professionals so that they can gauge exactly how much energy is being lost. Get them replaced when necessary.
Invest in Alternative Energy Sources
Solar panels will increase your home value, but only if you intend to live in your property for a long time after investing in them. This is because their cost will be recouped through energy savings alone and, depending on where you live, the potential of selling back unused power to the grid. Solar water heaters and air heaters are other great ways to reduce your energy usage substantially. When the time comes to sell, your home’s low energy use will be a huge selling point, as energy costs are expected to rise. Energy efficiency is going to be increasingly important in the future. Owning a self-sustained home will lower energy costs substantially, and even potentially give you the ability to remove yourself from the grid. These investments are best done now so that you can recoup the costs through energy savings, and then sell on your home when energy costs are at their highest.