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Top 4 Home Features You Should Consider

Written by Posted On Friday, 11 January 2019 08:46

Updating your home can seem like a tenuous process that never seems to end. As soon as one project is complete another one seems to pop back up again. Luckily, there are a few features that can be added to your home to drastically increase the overall value of your home and give you more bang for your buck. These upgrades can be viewed as investments rather than expenses because they will more than pay for themselves over time. So, what are the top home features you should consider the next time you decide to make some upgrades around your house?

  • LED Lighting
  • An Inground Pool
  • A Home Solar System
  • Updated Appliances

LED Lighting

While lighting may not seem all that important, it can make a huge difference to your energy bill each month. LED’s can last upwards of 10 times longer than a traditional lightbulb and provide much more light for your home. Additionally, these lightbulbs use far less energy than traditional lights. The combination of a longer lifespan and lower energy use means that homeowners can expect to save money every month on their energy bill and save even more money over time by having to replace these bulbs far less often. In fact, some complete lighting upgrades are so cost effective that they can pay for themselves in under two years.

An Inground Pool

An inground pool is far more than just days of fun for your whole family. In fact, it can both add value to your home and bring more potential buyers to your doorstep the moment your home goes up for sale. It is estimated that an inground pool adds upwards of seven percent to your overall home value. This means that a $200,000 house could raise its property value up to $214,000 with the addition of an inground pool. Luckily, inground pool prices have never been more reasonable thanks to many skilled craftsmen in the field. So, not only will your family get years of fun out of the pool, but it can also be viewed as an investment to be cashed in on later down the road. Pools are surely not for everyone but those who decide to make this upgrade rarely regret it.

A Home Solar System

Solar systems both add value to your home and save you money in the form of lower monthly electric bills. These systems can be either outright purchased with cash or be financed and paid for over time much like financing a car. As the solar system generates power for your home, you have to accept less energy from the grid. Thanks to net metering programs, your system can generate more power than your home uses during the day and still be credited for all of the production. Solar systems are sound investments that will generate renewable energy for your home for decades to come.

Updated Appliances

Updated appliances are one of the best home features to have in any housing market. Not only do these appliances perform better than more traditional appliances but they also do their job while utilizing less energy than their predecessors. This means getting a superior product or service by spending less to power it over time. One of the key things to look for when shopping for new appliances is an Energy Star rating. This ensures that the appliance has been designed with energy efficiency in mind and will save money on your energy bill each month. Finally, homes which have updated appliances are much more likely to sell quickly and for full asking price once they are put on the market.

Home owners should make the best decisions for their personal situations and locations. Not every feature addition is right for every home. But, by informing yourself on some of the best upgrades a homeowner can make, you can add value to your home and improve your quality of life.

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Sofia Belnap

Sophia is passionate about writing in the real estate and home improvement spaces. When Sophia is not writing she loves reading, cooking, and spending time with friends and family.

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