It should come as no surprise that when most home owners think of ways to increase the value of their property, one of the most common methods is via home improvement. That’s no secret. What might be a little more difficult to determine is what kinds of home improvements are the most valuable in terms of return. This should be of concern to any home owner, whether they are planning to sell their home in the near future or at another time. The truth that should not be ignored is that not only will home improvements increase the value of your home, but it will also make your home that much more comfortable and enjoyable as long as you live there
Improvements by Region
Obviously, home owners in one part of the country do not necessarily use the improvements that are generally considered important in other areas. In the Vancouver area, for example, the most common–and those providing the greatest returns—are:
Kitchen and Bathroom Remodels
Keeping your kitchen and bathrooms up to date in terms of fixtures and other features are one of the first items that are noticed by home buyers. It’s for that reason that most realtors will advise homeowners to update their kitchen and bathrooms. This might include, for example, a basin sink as opposed to a traditional sink, or a more modern wallpaper instead of paint
To many people, a basement is simply a place to store possessions. For better or for worse, more of today’s homeowners are opting to use their basements as an extra room for use such as a television or game room. This will often call for framing in insulating basement walls and other structures
Another room that often gets a second look when it comes to usefulness is the garage. When space becomes a premium, the cars are often moved outside and under a cover while the inside is remodeled for new, more human, uses.
For all of the news that Vancouver generates about cold weather, there is time every year for outdoor fun. This includes the desire to cook outdoors. And for this reason, many homeowners like to have an outdoor kitchen.
Sunrooms and Patio Enclosures
Why not turn a dreary and otherwise unused area into a bright and sunny room for dining and other family fun? Sunrooms and patio enclosures are one of the newest ways to make what was wasted space during a great portion of the year into fun rooms all year long.
Employ some of these ideas, and chances are good you won’t consider moving anymore.