When you are making additions or improvements to your home, you are continuously increasing the value. Anything that a potential buyer needs to do themselves removed from the equation makes them appreciative. One less thing to do to home means that they will pay more money for the convenience.
Even if you are not trying to sell your home now, making these improvements are good for you to enjoy while you live there. Then, when the time comes to sell, you will have an easier time getting the full value you think the home is worth.
In this article, we will go over several of the best improvements to make that will increase your home’s value if you decide to sell it.
1. Home Security System
With the advent of the Internet of Things, we have seen massive improvements in the average home alarm system. All these devices talk to each other, making a web of security that protects your home. The new generation of security goes far beyond just sending an alert to the local police station that your house is being broken into.
You can now observe your home remotely from a smartphone. Unlock a door to allow a package to be delivered while you are away and even be alerted in real-time anytime somebody approaches the house.
This type of system is beautiful to a potential buyer, so it makes many sense to have one installed before you put your house up for sale.
2. Add Living Space
Seeing the square footage listed on a home doesn’t mean much until you see the house. Sometimes a lot of the area is not even livable. If the basement and attic are included but are not finished, this is not very attractive to buyers.
Try to make improvements that add more living space and max out the usable square footage. For instance, make a finished basement that people can use as a playroom or living room. They can even convert it into an in-law apartment without too much effort or expense if it’s finished.
Also, making a bedroom in the attic is another way to add living space.
3. Fix Up The Garage
A wonky garage door or a run down and the grease-stained floor is a sure turn off in the mind of a potential buyer. These are things that wouldn’t be a big priority but will always be on the back of their mind as an annoying addition to the to-do list.
Fix these things up so that they are not an issue that somebody else has to deal with later. An excellent garage in perfect working order is a significant selling point for somebody interested in the house.
4. Keep It Minor
The risk in doing a major overhaul of the house is that it is done in your taste and not the buyers. The buyer wants to see themselves in the home, so they will want to make some changes but not if the entire house needs to be changed. Just make improvements that are big enough to be appreciated because they save time and money but not so big that it will remove any opportunity to personalize.