Helping Your House: 4 Tips for Adding Value to Your Home

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Buying a home is quite often the most significant financial investment that people will make during their lifetime. However, there is more to managing the financial aspect to a home than simply paying off the mortgage. If you want to preserve and increase the value of that home over time, you need to put some extra work into the property. With that in mind, below are four tips you can use to add value to your home.

Manicure Your Landscaping

One of the best ways to increase the value of your property is also one of the cheapest. Putting a strong emphasis on maintaining neat and attractive landscaping can certainly add value to your home. It of course makes your home look far more attractive from the street level and adds “curb appeal.” Turf Magazine suggests that landscaping can add as much as $8,000 to $19,000 in value to a home’s selling price.

Add a Hot-Tub

You also need to consider adding recreational features to your property if you want to significantly increase its value on the market. An in-ground pool, for example, can certainly do that. However, paying for an in-ground pool to be installed on your property can be prohibitively expense. One more cost-effective option you should consider is adding a hot-tub. An above ground hot-tub is far cheaper to purchase and install and can help create the allure of added luxury for would-be buyers. You can look around some place like The Hot Tub Store to get an idea of what options are available to you.

Upgrade Your Kitchen

Something you should be aware of is that one of the most important rooms for increasing the value of a home is the kitchen. However, you don’t have to spend a fortune to bring your kitchen up to snuff. Replacing worn out appliances can give your kitchen a much fresher feel. There are also frugal options for an attractive kitchen countertop such as ceramic tile, laminate and modular engineered stone that can look just as good as more expensive choices like marble.

Give Your Home a New Paint Job

Lastly, another very cheap option for significantly increasing the value of your house is giving your walls a fresh coat of paint. Paint is still very reasonable, and you can do the job entirely on your own. However, make sure you choose the correct color schemes for your rooms. The color of a wall can be the difference between an inviting cozy space and an ugly jarring aesthetic that will scare away buyers.

People rarely own one home during their lifetimes. Chances are you will at some point sell your property. If you a considering selling in the near future, the tips above can help ensure that you maximize your home’s selling price so you can make a profit off of your investment.

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Guest Author: Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from Utah. She enjoys tennis and spending time with her family.

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