Many took the recent lockdown as an excuse to look a little closer to home, literally, and focus on house improvements. After all, when most businesses and venues of entertainment were closed, what is the ambitious homeowner to do? Spending a lot of time at home is a sure way of finding every little niggle in the house from accumulating mould in the bathroom to cracked paintwork in the living room. Home improvement is a form of entertainment, it is appealing to see your place transform into something new and fresh, all from your design. It also has the added benefit of being an investment as, depending on what type of improvement is done, it can often add to the value of a house. Here are some ways in which you can increase the value of your home.
New technology has led to exciting new developments in home improvement, though this is true for most industries. The gambling industry for example has seen the implementation of cryptocurrency payment methods, CNOG provides a list of some of these and shows how developing technology can be applied to many industries. In the home, this has been seen most by the rise of smart devices. It is now possible to exercise feats that were once confined to the realms of fantasy and film – you can open your curtains by just your voice and set your heating to come on at set times of the day. Having even some parts of the home automatic is guaranteed to increase the resale value as buyers will happily pay more for the added convenience.
The most rewarding type of improvement that comes to most homeowners’ minds is no doubt fitting in extensions. Who wouldn’t want to have more usable space in their home? Adding in another room, another bathroom or even a conservatory almost always adds to the value of a house and has the effect of increasing the quality of living inside it. Someone always hogs the bathroom in the morning? Add another one downstairs and the problem is sorted. Got another bun in the oven? Split that massive bedroom into two. While building extensions often prove to be one of the more expensive methods of home improvement, it also proves to be one of the most satisfying and rewarding.
Not all home improvements have to be expensive. On the lower end of the spectrum, we have the simple house clean technique. However, this is not as simple as just dusting off the cobwebs from the ceiling (though this should also be done). Decluttering also plays a major part in making the home more attractive as clean, open spaces are thought to be associated with good mental health. It might be beneficial to ask yourself if you really need that extra console table in the living room or if you need another fridge in the kitchen. Whilst having a clean, decluttered home has beneficial mental effects, it also adds to the value of the home. According to HomeLight’s research, reducing clutter can add over $2500 resale value, which is a great deal for only getting rid of a few bits.
Any homeowner who desires to squeeze a bit more value out of their investment would do well to follow some of these home improvement tips.