In this post, you'll learn ...
- Four different ways to increase your home’s value.
- How home improvements can improve your quality of life.
- If you are ready for a new deck, a new sunroom, or new windows, check out the products we have to offer!
When you want to make a major change to your home in terms of renovations, you want to consider the following questions:
- Will this improvement increase my home’s value?
- Will this improvement make my home more pleasant and accessible?
If you answer yes to both questions, then it’s likely an improvement worth having.
One thing you need to watch out for is making overly personal improvements if there is even the slightest chance that you will want to sell the house in the future. Even if you plan on living in the house for the rest of your life, you may want to consider what your heirs will be doing with the property. You may think installing cat friendly walkways throughout your home is simply the cat’s meow, but this “improvement” is unlikely to appeal to the majority of potential buyers. This is simply something to consider.
The following improvements can increase your home’s value and curb appeal. Most importantly they will make your home a more enjoyable place for you and your family.
Replacing your home’s windows yourself can be difficult and costly, so you may find that contracting a window company can be tremendously valuable. (Less mess, proper installation and warranties are benefits.) And when it comes to the amount of time and mess involved, it’s one of the less stressful renovations you can choose.
If you currently have aluminum windows, try upgrading to vinyl windows instead. These windows are more energy efficient and attractive. Vinyl windows are also easier to maintain and clean than aluminum or wood windows. This improvement increases your home’s value while also lowering your heating and cooling costs.
While you’re replacing windows, why not add a bay or bow window? These windows create additional interior space and aesthetic value. An added bonus: bow and bay windows allow for a window seat or extra storage compartments.
For more information on what to look for in replacement windows, see the Stanek Windows buyers guide.
2. Sunrooms and Other Additions
Sunrooms can be a wonderful addition to your home; the extra light brightens any space, and each sunroom can be customized to your home’s style. With a sunroom you can enjoy natural light and a view while remaining inside and protected from the weather. Additionally, a sunroom or all season room will add square footage and increase the living space of your home, unlike uncovered patios.
If your home already has a sunroom or screen room, but you want additional square footage, you might consider a more traditional room addition, like our traditionally-framed sunrooms. These drywall and stud walls allow for more privacy, which make for perfect bedrooms, or entertainment rooms.
We have a variety of sunrooms, solariums and screen rooms available! Find out what works best for you, your home, and your budget with a free in-home estimate.
3. Porches and Decks
If you love the great outdoors, add a dedicated space to enjoy it! Porches and decks add value to your home while giving an additional area to relax and entertain. If you decide to add one of these to your home, deeply consider the amount of space needed. Factor enough space to entertain, set up a table and some chairs, use a grill, etc. If there is an existing porch or covered patio space, consider enclosing it with either a screen room or sunroom, which can increase your home’s value and help protect guests from insects. Patio Enclosures will custom design and make an enclosure that is just right for you and your home.
Adding a porch or deck is often a project best left to the professionals. These additions can put additional strain on your home’s foundation, and you should at least consult a contractor before starting your project.
4. Don’t Forget the Details
Who says renovations have to be big, time-consuming projects? There are a variety of small projects that you can tackle in an afternoon or a weekend. Knowing the details of any project is important.
Plan out your project and research the amount of time it could take. Don’t forget to add time in for purchasing materials, set up, tear down and clean up.
Some small projects that you can tackle include the following:
- Change Lighting: Try adding accent lights in your kitchen, or swapping out your dated, outdoor fixtures for something new and modern.
- Improve Curb Appeal: Curb appeal isn’t just for homes on the market. Having a neat, well-maintained lawn will make the rest of the home look better. Think of adding shrubbery or flowers to an empty space, or trimming overgrown bushes for a quick update. Here are more updates to improve curb appeal.
- Add New Trim: Adding new trim, like crown molding, can take your rooms to a whole new level. These can be purchased in the color you like, or painted to match the rest of your trim.
Improve Your Quality of Life
Start with these home improvement tips to increase the value of your home, and you’ll find yourself inspired to continue your journey to make your house the most valuable it can be.
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