Do Home Improvements Add Value?

These 10 around-the-house improvements are well worth the investment. While nice to have and a great facility for many homeowners, a swimming pool adds no value to a resale price at all. In fact, some home buyers spend thousands of rands to fill in a pool after purchasing a property. Expensive upkeep and the fear of liability mean that for some, the responsibility of a swimming pool will detract from a property more than add to its value.

Generally the first place to start in creating an energy efficient living space is air sealing. This means to create a tighter” home by sealing cracks and gaps around windows, doors, plumbing, electrical and venting penetrations so that you can control air exchange and ventilation Sealing these leaks will mean that less unconditioned air makes it into your house and produces less load on your HVAC system. Start by using caulking and weather-stripping to seal air leaks This is a low budget item that most homeowners can do. Figure 2 will help you determine where to look for leaks and the following references will give you more information on air sealing.

If you want more space to accommodate a growing family or you crave a touch of luxury like an ensuite bathroom or downstairs wetroom you’ve got two choices – move to a new property that meets your needs or make some improvements to your existing home. Klaban’s House Furnishings additionally gives complimentary design companies to those who need slightly additional assist in planning and designing a living space. Convey the character out in your house with Argos’ improbable choice of house furnishings and actually express yourself with these decorative and sensible additions.

Cost: About $340 for the accessories shown above. Add $30 for paint and $100 for a rug, towels and shower curtain. We love seeing the upcycling projects of Jen and Grant. They’ve recently painted a tired pine chest of drawers matte black and finished it off with luxe gold handles. Follow along to see what projects they tackle in their Manchester 1890’s Victorian terrace next.

Kitchens. People like to see modern conveniences and styles in the kitchen. Especially in older homes, kitchen improvements tend to add value. Read the real estate ads sometime – you’re sure to notice how many mention the updated kitchen features. The Federal Housing Administration offers a home renovation loan called a 203(k). There’s typically a lower credit-score requirement for this loan than there is for a HomeStyle loan, and a lower minimum down payment of 3.5 percent.