As winter turns to spring, you may be considering not just a cleaning, but a renovation of your home, either in preparation for a sale or for improved livability. Here are some general steps to home improvement that will ensure your efforts are adding value to your home, wherever it is.

 

Fixer-Upper

Be sure to address basic maintenance and repairs as the first step of any renovation effort. The essential functioning of your home is, aside from the major outside appearance, its most significant selling point. Ensure the house is adequately insulated, especially if it has an attic. Inspect and if necessary repair the furnace, septic system, and other plumbing, including the gutters. Maintain the lawn or garden plants — basic weeding improves the look of a house significantly.

 

A New Door

The most significant value-adding renovation is a new front door for the house. Any house benefits from a positive first impression, and a new door ensures that everyone from the new neighbors to potential buyers gets a good first look at your home.

 

Make a Plan

The next most valuable improvement is an open floor plan between the kitchen and living room. Buyers and visitors value space in this core interior part of the house, and a few hundred dollars can provide that feeling for your home. The goal should be to create a more spacious kitchen in a way that does not conflict with the existing decor of the room.

 

Put Some Light on the Subject — and Go Green

Especially if you take the opportunity to switch to LED or other eco-conscious lighting such as sub tubs and dimmers, which are both increasingly popular, upgrading your house’s lighting can brighten the mood and add significant appeal to your home. In fact, a general upgrade of your house’s energy systems to make them more efficient and eco-conscious nets considerable savings, potentially 30-40% on the heating and cooling systems alone.

 

Under Your Feet

Real estate professionals overwhelmingly recommend assessing and devoting some money to improving your flooring. Simply repairing broken tiles or damaged floor boards, and definitely removing wall-to-wall carpeting could recoup their cost twice over. If complete floor replacement is necessary, engineered hardwood holds the best value.

 

These basic steps are straightforward ways to improve the look and mood of your home, which will add value if and when you wish to sell.