When the space inside of your home no longer accommodates your family, you may find yourself faced with the difficult task of deciding whether to relocate or renovate. If your home is in a location that you love, renovating may be your preferred option. When you begin pondering what type of renovation projects to pursue, keep in mind that even though you don't want to move right now, there may come a time when you do decide to move. The renovations you do now can impact the value of your home and affect a potential buyer's opinion of your home, so here’s a list of suggestions for home renovations that should keep your family and any potential buyers happy! Adding Square Footage
Statistics indicate that adding square footage to a home can significantly increase the value of a home. If you've outgrown your home, adding a bedroom could make your home more accommodating for your family. If your laundry area is in the basement, adding a laundry room on the first or second level will make your home much more appealing to potential buyers in the future. Adding extra smaller guest bathrooms will both increase your home’s value and provide comfort and convenience for any visitors (or maybe you, if you don’t feel like going upstairs!) and are a good way to expand your home.
Invite Light Inside
As part of your home renovation project, removing old, unattractive and drafty windows and having energy efficient windows installed is a sure way to increase the value of your home. This would be a good time to add more windows to rooms that are dark and dull. You could also replace small windows with larger windows that will allow more light into the room and give you a better view of the outdoors. Whenever possible, choose window treatments that do not interfere with the flow of natural light.
The View Matters
Sure, working on the inside of your home can be great for buyers and visitors, but if you want to increase your curb appeal and home’s value you’ll want the view outside of the home to be appealing too! Privacy fencing can block an unattractive view in case of something unsightly in the neighborhood. Vertical gardens added to the fence or around the edge of the property can liven up your view without a ton of landscaping or renovation. Creating a butterfly garden or a bird feeding station that you can see from the windows will provide you with some beautiful, lively entertainment. Water features, outdoor fireplaces and outdoor structures, such as a gazebo, can be included in your landscape to provide you with an attractive view from the window.
Hopefully these tips will keep your home beautiful and livable without having to pack up and move - and who knows, maybe when the time comes to move your work will help find a buyer that much more easily!