Home Updates That Will Pay Off

renoblogThe decision on where to start when remodeling your home can be a big one. If you plan to move in the future, you may want to see which projects will give you the best return on your investment. If you are itching to tackle a new renovation, here are a few places to start.

In the kitchen-For many potential home buyers the kitchen is one of the first things they look at in a home. We spend a lot of time in our kitchens and for many families this is a gathering area on a daily basis. Investing in a kitchen not only benefits your current living situation but will also appeal to future buyers. Opening up the kitchen to allow sunlight, creating an eat-in-area or ‘breakfast bar’ and updating your cabinetry and counter-tops are just a few ways to spruce up a dull or outdated kitchen.

The bathroom-Bathrooms can be prone to looking outdated. Minor fixes like changing out the light fixtures, switching out the mirrors and giving a light coat of paint can make a significant difference on a bathroom. If you notice, your bathroom is very dated investing time into switching out outdated tile in the bathtub or shower may be a great idea. Bright, light, and crisp are three key words to keep in mind when updating your bathroom. After all, everyone loves a sparkling clean bathroom!

A ‘bonus room’- If you have a spare room whether it be a toy room, TV room or an unused empty space invest in giving it a face lift. Storage units, shelving, and good lighting are the perfect additions to any unused room. To potential buyers the room that you may use the least will appear as a multipurpose space with tons of potential.

The basement- The space that can be most neglected is our basements. To some homes a basement is used simply as a storage space to store the extra cans of pasta sauce, laundry, and holiday decorations. Others invest in turning it into a home movie theater, bar, or ‘man cave’.  The truth is a basement can add hundreds of additional square footage to your living space if it is finished. The basement can be a great investment as a space for children to play, teens to hang out, and adults to watch movies and relax. Finish your basement for you own enjoyment, and if it is done correctly with good lighting and finishes it may appeal to future homebuyers.

In your own backyard- Living in an area where we are practically stuck indoors for half of the year there are two very different opinions on outdoor renovations. The first point of view comes from someone who finds it hard to justify investing in a space that they cannot use all year round. The second point of view is from the outdoor lover who plans to enjoy everyone second they can outside even if this means investing in something that is out of use for a few months. At the end of the day, your backyard has potential to be an addition to your living space. Take advantage of this by adding a patio, fire pit, and outdoor furniture.

The decision to make any major renovation takes a lot of thought. If your home is what you would like to consider a ‘forever home’ than your renovations can be solely based on what is perfect for your family and lifestyle. If you are planning to eventually move out, you may want to be more cautious. It is very easy to get carried away with home renovations, and when it comes time to list your home your listing price may not be as high as you anticipated. Be smart, logical and realistic when jumping into any future renovations.

If you are looking for a local contractor to help with any of your home renovations, contact Nothnagle Home Services today. 1-866-295-MOVE

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