The choice to update or renovate a home often comes from meeting the needs and desires of the current homeowner. Hundreds of reasons inspire updates, from adding more space for a growing family to changing a home’s interior to make it a personalized and unique retreat. When considering home improvements, it’s a great idea to consider the value you can add to the home as well. Here are 5 ideas for projects that can help to increase your home’s value and square footage.
For many families, the kitchen is the hub of activity in the home. From breakfast and lunch prep to family dinners and holidays to entertaining guests, the kitchen is a place where people come together. When updating your kitchen, remember to match the aesthetic of the rest of your home. If you plan on selling your home, keep potential buyers in mind and think about what will appeal to them. From adding fresh paint or replacing backsplashes, to replacing appliances with energy-efficient update models, kitchen remodels are a great way to increase your home’s value.
The first thing potential buyers look at when considering a home is often the number of bedrooms and bathrooms. If your home only has one bathroom, adding a second full or half bath can greatly increase the value when it comes time to sell. Begin by looking at extra rooms or underutilized spaces in your home. Closets, areas under the stairs, large bedrooms, and family or rec rooms can be great candidates for conversion or buildout of a new bathroom.
Energy efficient homes are becoming more and more important to potential buyers. Investing in energy-efficient windows during your home remodel can pay off when you go to sell, as well as providing you with a green energy tax credit in many cases. Check with local utility companies to see if energy efficiency updates may give you credits on your bill. Bigger projects like adding solar panels or replacing insulation, or adding it where it’s missing, can also increase home value significantly.
Add a Porch or Deck
Homes with outdoor living spaces have become more desirable in recent years. With many people choosing ‘staycations’ over traditional vacations, having a deck in your backyard can provide a welcome retreat right at home. One great thing about adding a deck or porch is that it can be as simple or as involved as you’d like. From a simple sitting space to a deck with multiple levels, built in seating, and a hot tub, you choose how much you want to spend and how long the project will take.
Back to Basics
Making basic updates to your home are a simple way to add great value. Keeping your roof in good repair, your paint fresh, and wood in good condition go a long way towards helping your home stay in good repair. Buyers look for a healthy, safe home and routine maintenance is really important. Keeping your home in shape through small, regular maintenance and improvement will prevent you from having to do major updates when it comes time to sell.
Increasing Square Footage
The square footage that your home starts with isn’t necessarily the size it has to be for eternity. You can nearly double your square footage with a basement or add valuable space with outdoor living areas. Bump-out additions are a wonderful way to add square footage as needed without dealing with additional footers. Give us a call at 404-378-6962, email us, or contact us using our contact form on the website. Our home designers will help you design the perfect home addition or remodeling project to meet your individual needs.