Budget-Friendly Tips for Now and Later
Home improvements come in all shapes and sizes-- from DIY aesthetic touches to full-blown professional remodeling. While major home improvements often come with a steep price tag, there are plenty of budget-friendly improvements that can make a real difference. The great thing about making improvements is that you get to enjoy them while you live in the home, and they also add value when you're preparing to sell.
The team at Sallie Davidson REALTORS® knows home value, and we've assembled six affordable home improvements that every homeowner should consider.
6 Savvy Home Improvements that Won't Break the Budget
The big thing to remember with any type of home improvement is that there's no shame in calling in the pros, if needed. DIY is great when possible, but the improvements on our list will still be affordable if you hire a professional. The choice comes down to knowing your comfort level, and your experience with the project in question.
- Go Green – Literally. Have you ever visited a home that's framed by majestic trees? It's a beautiful sight, and mature trees add real value to a home. The best part is that all you really need is patience. Plant a few strategically placed trees, watch them grow over the years, and enjoy increased value if you ever decide to sell your home.
- Home Security – We all want to feel safe in our homes, and a home security system is one of the best ways to accomplish that goal. Home security systems can be quite expensive, but that's not a requirement. Most companies offer competitively priced options that will more than get the job done. Security systems add value, and can even help you save on home insurance.
- Efficient Appliances – Buying a new refrigerator, stove, or dish washer may seem like a big purchase up front, but it can ultimately save you money in the long run. New appliances tend to be significantly more energy efficient, especially if you're upgrading from a particularly old model. The long-term savings on energy bills can offset the cost of the upgrade, and new appliances are always a hot selling point for homes on the market.
- Add a Deck – Attractive outdoor space is always in demand, and barbecuing on a deck is one of the best ways to spend a summer day. A well-built deck will certainly add value to your home, and you'll get to enjoy outdoor fun for as long as you own your home. Unless you're a general contractor, though, you'll want to call the pros for this one.
- New Lighting – Whether indoors or outdoors, lighting makes a big difference in how your home is perceived. Today's outdoor lighting fixtures are often quite affordable, thanks to solar power. Lighting up walkways and accenting your favorite shrubs is a sure way to catch the eye of home shoppers.
- Try a Tuneup – Electrical and plumbing systems tend to lose effectiveness as they age, so keeping them in top shape ultimately boosts the value of your home. Have both systems checked out by professionals before you plan to sell. When you start talking details with a buyer, they'll be happy to know that you took the time to ensure the quality of these crucial systems.
Every home is different, so there's definitely room to get creative when you're considering home improvements. And if you're looking to buy or sell a home in Kentucky, contact Sallie Davidson REALTORS® for all the help you need to maximize your value.