As a homeowner, you may be wondering: “What increases a home value the most?” We’ll talk about five ways to increase the value of your home. The options we chose have a higher return on investment than most projects. Plus, these home improvements add more enjoyment to your home. If you’re considering selling later – these are appealing upgrades to homebuyers. Read on to discover your favorite renovation project.
#1 Finish Your Basement
If you’re lucky enough to have a basement, utilizing this space to its fullest can make a difference in your overall usable square footage. Finishing your basement can take a cluttered storage room and transform it into a livable space.
One of the most important things to do in this project to make it successful is to waterproof the basement. That includes making sure there are no sources of water entering. Next, seal any cracks in the foundation, apply a waterproof masonry coating, and paint with a top-grade acrylic product.
A popular option is to turn the basement into a mother-in-law suite with a separate bathroom. Depending on the amount of square footage, you can also have a small kitchen added. And don’t think this is only for visiting parents. This additional bedroom suite can also be a lifesaver for a returning college student.
If you need a home office, turn your basement into a quiet and organized space for you to work at home. Design it to fit your daily tasks, which may include video conferencing. Soundproofing, recessed lighting, and built-in cabinets make getting work done an enjoyable endeavor.
#2 Update Your Kitchen & Bathroom
Doing a minor kitchen remodel or update can enhance your home while staying within budget. Plus, you don’t have to do the entire project at once. You can start by installing new kitchen cabinets or add a needed kitchen island. A coat of paint is inexpensive and can change the look.
Updating your bathroom can also be a smaller project with big rewards. Consider changing out the vanity or enlarging the shower. Adding custom tiles to a shower and sink backsplash can liven up the space.
#3 Exterior Home Improvements
What homeowner doesn’t want to improve the curb appeal of their home. Here are some top projects to consider:
- Stone veneer can take an ordinary exterior and turn it into an impressive facade. Stone veneer comes in all shapes and colors. Be sure to select something that compliments the roof. You can always paint the exterior to go with your new veneer.
- A new garage door can make a surprising difference. Instead of having a door that just blends in, select a door that makes a statement. Enhance the exterior with wood panels and architecturally pleasing windows.
- Siding replacement can completely change the look of your home. Wood siding comes in a variety of finishes and styles. One of the most popular is vertical wood board siding. Cedar shake shingles are a favorite in our area because of their east coast charm.
- Window replacement enhances both the interior and exterior of your home. And besides appreciating the beauty, you’ll also love your lower energy bills. In our cold winter months, new windows can make a significant difference in the comfort of your home.
#4 Open Your Floor Plan
Another popular home renovation project is opening up your floor plan. This project can be as small as removing one wall or renovating your entire main living space. And the open floor plan isn’t just for the kitchen and living room area. You can open up the area in your master bedroom to include more of the bathroom vanity area or open a small-enclosed shower by adding a large glass door and retiling to enhance the decor. If the bathroom is on an outside wall, adding a few feet can make a significant difference.
Consider turning an attic into an open and airy room. Add skylights and a sleeping loft. Enhance the space with natural lighting. You can turn a dull and dreary room into the favorite area of the entire house.
#5 Consider a Room Addition
What about a room addition? And don’t think it has to be an entire room. Consider a room addition bump-out. Rather than adding a full room, a bump-out can just add a few feet or several feet. Extending the walls of a bathroom, kitchen, or sunroom can make a big difference. If you’d like a casual dining area for breakfast or coffee, add a bump-out with beautiful floor-to-ceiling windows.
Besides a bump-out, adding a bathroom, mudroom, or making your laundry room more usable can be a welcome addition. If you have an unfinished attic or basement, utilizing those spaces can be very cost-effective.
We Can Increase the Beauty and Value of Your Home
From room additions to whole house renovations, we can transform your property and add value. Contact Remodeling Consultants today to begin your project in Westchester or Fairfield County. We service Westchester County, NY, and along the NY border in CT, including New Canaan, Greenwich, Westport, Wilton, and Stamford. You can call our New York office at (914) 381-6900 or our Connecticut office at (203) 321-1250.