The goal for many home owners when making improvements to their property is to increase the beauty and functionality of their home, as well as making financial gains when the time comes to sell. Here are five upgrades you should consider and five that you should avoid.
Upgrades to Make
Your front door sets the tone for your whole property and it can be cheap to replace too. In addition to adding character to your home, it also improves the security.
Double glazing makes your home safer and warmer, but the improved energy efficiency will also help bring your energy bills down so it will actually save you money long-term; as well as buying common air filter sizes to ensure your home is clean and fresh for your family.
If you have a garden, adding some decking is a great way of utilising the space and making your garden appear more put together. It provides entertainment space that future buyers can enjoy and is relatively cheap to install.
Minor Kitchen Remodelling
Kitchens can cost thousands to replace in their entirety, but you don’t have to redo the whole room to see rewards. From updating the taps and cupboard doors to replacing the work surface for something fresher, there are plenty of small adjustments you can make that really make a difference.
The outside of your home requires just as much care as the inside, which is why investing in having the rendering of your property redone is a wise decision. It will ensure no water penetrates the foundations and improves the look of your home.
Upgrades to Avoid
Swimming pools are the ultimate home extravagance and many people assume that they’ll add a lot of value to a property. But pools are high maintenance and they can be a costly feature that not everyone appreciates.
High End Appliances
Kitting out your home with fancy appliances like expensive refrigerators or stoves seems like an attractive prospect. But if the kitchen is fancier than most others in your area, you could be outpricing your property from others on the market. A prospective buyer may not even consider them necessary.
Carpet can quickly become damaged and look dingy, plus it traps dirt and allergens. Ultimately, it doesn’t last as long as harder surfaces for your floor so in terms of longevity, you won’t see a return on your investment.
Rooms which cater to a specific niche hobby, such as wine rooms, yoga studios and even bowling alleys might be perfect for you. But in terms of selling your home and seeing a return on the cost, they could wind up holding you back.
High Maintenance Gardens
Beautiful gardens are a real selling point of any home, but if your landscaping is too high maintenance, it could put buyers off. Not everyone wants to spend every weekend tidying up the garden or has the money to bring in help, so consider the curb appeal of your outdoor space but don’t spend money on extensive landscaping.