3 Tips to Add Value to Your Home

May 23, 2014 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Uncategorized

As a homeowner and not a home renter, you are deeply invested in the value of your property. In this topsy-turvy economy where the real estate market, although apparently recovering, is anything but stable, it’s important to find ways to boost your property’s value. This article provides a few tips and tricks to help you do just that. Consider the following:

Create curb appeal

You know what they say, first impressions last forever. Since your landscaping, driveway and sidewalks will create the initial impression on a potential home buyer, curb appeal becomes incredibly important. You can boost your home’s curb appeal by maintaining a trim, green lawn with colorful, flourishing plant life. Additionally, flower beds should be free of weeds and driveways and sidewalks should be kept clean.

Enhance home security

According to FBI statistics, there are more than 2.2 million burglaries in the U.S. annually. That’s roughly one burglary every 15 seconds. As a result, it’s no surprise that homeowners have begun to place a high premium on security. The best way to make your home more secure and more valuable is to install a cutting-edge alarm system. Generally speaking, the more advanced the system, the more value it will add. For instance, a professionally monitored wireless system with burglary, fire and carbon monoxide protection would increase your home’s market appeal more than an older, hard-wired system with just a few motion sensors.

Furthermore, simple do-it-yourself home security measures, such as installing motion-activated floodlights and deadbolt locks, can also make your property more attractive. Consult ADT, Monitronics, Protect America or another prominent home security companyto learn more about securing your home.

Make your home more eco-friendly

Investing in sustainable, energy-efficient upgrades can yield fruitful returns in multiple ways. Not only do eco-friendly homes help conserve the planet, they can also help homeowners save a considerable amount of money on monthly heating, air conditioning, water and electric bills. Listed below are a few ways you can make your home more eco-friendly:

  • Invest in energy-efficient lighting.
  • Invest in a programmable thermostat, ceiling fans and double/triple-paned glass for more efficient heating and cooling.
  • Invest in ENERGY STAR appliances (washers, dryers, dishwasher, refrigerators, etc.).
  • Invest in high-efficiency showerheads and faucets.