The whole notion of home improvement is a tricky one. Trying to determine just where to start and where to stop, all the while making sure you don't exceed the budget can be a majorly harrowing experience. You want the renovated home to look gorgeous, without losing its resale value. It may seem like a lot, but it isn't; not when we're here to help. We give you five home improvement decisions that will give only profits, without an iota of doubt or regret. Read: 5 ways to crab your spending.
- Upgraded kitchen
The kitchen is hardly given as much importance as the living room or bedroom. Quite to the contrary, minor changes in the kitchen alone can give your home a major facelift. A kitchen upgraded to the latest appliances, and designed to the latest trends attracts homebuyers like moths to a flame. With little changes like refurbished countertops and cabinets, painted walls and energy efficient appliances, you can get quite the jackpot. Who doesn’t love a stunning kitchen, after all? There's a reason it's called the soul of the house.
- Lush green and well-maintained lawns
A perfectly manicured lawn is what will get the prospective owners on your property. If reselling is going to feature on the cards in a few years, you might want to start giving landscaping a thought already. You can't start on the landscaping just months before you want to resell, because no one is going to buy a house that has a mucky/barren land in front of it. Similarly, if you have sufficiently grown plants, make sure they're well-maintained, trimmed and free of wild growth. Impeccable is the benchmark you should be looking at here.
- French doors
Just those two words are more than enough to get people interested. In a time when natural breeze and light are nothing less than a luxury, French doors bring that glorious respite. It has been around since forever, and not even for a minute has it made its owners regret the choice. It makes the room look bigger, and bring in so much light and breeze into the room, it's amazing. Also, let's not forget the oodles of style and elegance it adds to the room. And, if you have French doors that lead into the lawn/backyard/garden, nothing is going to stop your home from making the big bucks.
- Adding some extra room
The very mention of the word 'extra' is enough to get the needed attention. If you take a look at the whole relationship between money, population and housing, you'll realize that more space is always good. All you need is some intelligent designing and innovative use of existing rooms. If you have a garage that extends like an arm from the house, you can try to add another story above it. Convert unused nooks and corners into storage cabinets. Innovate with the attic and basement, and see where you can fit in built-in cabinets without making the place look tacky. Extra storage space is never left unappreciated.
- Use a professional
Lastly, it is only the professional who will help you transform your home into the beauty that it can be. We all want our homes to be more "us", and we all want to feel like we've shed our sweat and blood to get that dream home, which is why so many homeowners try to resort to DIY. Do the small tasks on your own, but leave the big and major ones to the guys best trained for it. Moreover, an expert will always have an unbiased view of things and give you just the right advice. They know what's hot and what's not, and what homebuyers dig. More importantly, they'll give you quality services within the set deadline, which is always a good investment.
Home renovation may be many things but it definitely isn't rocket science. As long as you're making informed decisions and are willing to make the right investments, you're only going to be left counting the money.