Even if you plan to live in your home for the rest of your life, at some point it’s likely to be sold again, which is why it’s important to be thinking about home value. The housing market often changes, and the value of your home at the time you bought it, is probably not the value of your home now. The good news is that with certain home improvement projects, you can raise the value of your home and remain competitive in the market. Here are a few home improvement projects that will increase your home value:
Windows & Doors
The openings of your home are a big part of your energy efficiency. They should be tightly sealed when closed to help with the insulation of the home, but easy to open and ventilate when needed. The style of window you choose, the door material, position, and age of the windows and doors all play a role in how well they’re able to save you money on your energy bills. If you have recent, well-sealed, energy efficient windows and doors, you’ll find home buyers are willing to pay more for that comfort, thus boosting the value of your home.
Homeowners know the value of “a good roof over their heads.” Your roof protects your home from leaks, mold, mildew, stuffy attics, and more. But roofs only last for so long. If your roof is more than twenty years old, it might be worth it to replace the roof with a newer, longer lasting model that will hold up to the elements. At Mainstream Home Improvements, we add six feet of ice and water shield in order to withstand the harshest parts of Illinois’s climate. This will add further durability and home value.
When you look at a house, siding is one of the first things you notice. If the siding looks fresh, strong, and vibrant, that gives you an impression to carry with you through the rest of the house. If the siding looks old and faded, however, that could drive people away from your home. Beyond that, your siding also helps to insulate your home and boost its energy efficiency. The more you’re able to save on energy bills in your home, the better your home value will be. High quality vinyl siding with the appearance of wood tends to be the best bet. It’s affordable, but more durable than wood, and doesn’t have to be constantly repainted as wood does.