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How To Up The Value Of Your Virginia Home

Written by Posted On Wednesday, 22 May 2019 13:26

How To Up The Value Of Your Virginia Home

 

Even if you're not planning to sell your Virginia home, you may want to make the most out of your investment. Most homeowners only think of updating the interior but the exterior is just as important. There are easy ways to increase the value of your home so you can get the best return on investment when you sell. While most of these projects are expensive, they can end up saving you money in the long run.

 

Here are some simple ways of increasing the value of your Virginia home.

 

Update Your Kitchen

 

Your kitchen is extremely important since it provides value to any home. But that doesn't mean you have to turn it into a major remodeling project. Some minor improvements to your kitchen are enough to increase the value of your home. While the kitchen is the most important room in the house, but due to tastes and trends, a kitchen that was built 30 years ago may not please today's homebuyers.

 

One way to increase the value of your home is to give your cabinets a fresh coat of paint or to replace them completely. Or, you can give your countertops with granite or marble and then adding a complementary backsplash. While neither of these options is affordable, they can add new life to your kitchen. Even if you're not planning on selling your home yet, these little additions can give you the value you need when it comes time to sell your home.

 

Lighten Up the Place

 

It's amazing to think about how much light can increase the value of your home. The more light you allow into your home, the more you're likely to sell it for. A bright and airy home is attractive to potential homebuyers. One way to lighten up your home is to update your light fixtures.

 

Swap out your fluorescent lightbulbs for energy efficient bulbs is a good way to boost the value of your home. This little fix can help you save money on energy bills. Swapping out your traditional windows for energy efficient windows can also help increase the value of your home. That doesn't even include the money you'll save on air conditioning or heating.

 

Spruce Up the Landscaping

 

Focusing on your landscaping before selling your home is always a good idea. Consider including fresh flowers or mulch that will improve the appearance of your home. If your home is going on the market, this is a great way to attract potential buyers. These little changes can make your home look attractive and inviting.

 

If you want to add lasting value to your home, then grow bushes and trees around it. Tall and attractive trees such as the Red Oak can help your home's value skyrocket. All the focus shouldn't go towards your front yard though.

 

You should also consider investing in inground pools Virginia or a new patio. If you want help with landscaping and maintenance, then you should get a professional landscaper.

 

Update Your Fixtures

 

This concept consists of multiple fixtures. Depending where you live, hard water can ruin your fixtures. It makes them look dingy and tired. When home appraisers inspect your home, they always take your fixtures and plumbing into consideration when calculating its value.

 

As previously stated, changing your light fixtures can increase your home's original value. If you own recessed lights in your bathroom, dining, kitchen, and living rooms, then replace them with a chandelier or ceiling fan with lighting. Having dimmer or remote controlled lighting installed can give your home modern appeal.

 

Replace Your Garage Door

 

This is one of the most overlooked home improvements that will provide you with the best return on investment. Your garage doors should look new or almost new, especially if it faces the street. A front-facing garage that's attached to your home makes up for 40% of your home's value. You should replace your garage doors if they're dated, faded, or old.

 

Invest in contemporary or modern garage doors. You should also replace your garage doors whenever they're damaged from the weather or someone throwing something at it. They should also get replaced when they don't work properly. Replacing your garage door can increase the value of your home by $3,262.

 

Replace Your Siding

 

You may also want to consider replacing all or some of your siding. Using stone veneer is a great investment for increasing the value of your home. This decorative material protects the exterior of your home from the outside elements. You should install the stone veneer on the chimney, around the entryway, in front of your garage, as a wall accent, or on your entire home.

 

Stone veneer is actually made out of concrete and is appealing to potential homebuyers since it looks just like stone. While this project can set you back $8,000, it'll make up for the increased value. By installing stone veneer, you'll add some much-needed curb appeal that will help you sell your home quickly.

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Carol Evenson

Carol is a home renovation specialist with a background in organization and sales. She assists realtors with business management and growth.

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