Saturday, February 19, 2011

Top 5 Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home - Part 4 of 4

We are at the Top 5 Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home in this last of a four part series of the Top 20 Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home as stated by HGTV. Check out Parts 1, 2 and 3 if you missed those.

And the Top 5 are............

# 5    Add a Second Story Addition – Obviously this is an improvement you make only if  you are sticking around for a while and you love your house, your lot, and your neighbors but need more space. This addition usually costs 50% of the cost of the first floor so not a cheap improvement.

# 4    Don’t over Customize Rooms – Especially if you are selling soon or if the customization means knocking down walls and creating a room so specific for your hobby that only one in a million other people can use it. For example, don't create an Artist Studio that cannot be used for something else by the next homeowner.

# 3    Minor Kitchen Remodel – These are the easier things that don’t entail knocking down or pushing back walls. New appliances, change the handles on the cabinets, paint, add a back splash.

# 2    Minor Bathroom Remodel – Here you are keeping the basic footprint of the room but you may need to replace the sink, stool or flooring. An easy update is new lighting and fixtures. If the vanity is dated, replace it or paint it.

And the #1 Best Way to Improve the Value of Your Home…………………………………..

#1     Replace Old Siding – This sets the tone for the house. Yes, you can judge a book by its cover in this case. And as they say, First Impressions, First Impressions, First Impressions.

siding types

**Caution - Improvements do not necessarily give immediate value at a dollar for dollar return on investment. If you are selling your home in the near future please consider major improvements carefully and seek the advice of a professional.

Rooms With Style can assist you with your Home Staging or Redesign projects.

My next post will talk about some myths of Home Improvements so stop back!

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