Can you increase the value of your property even though you are not thinking about selling? Or how about if you are selling and are not happy with the recent evaluation you had done on your property?
This is one of a series of articles geared to those of you who own a home looking to add value to your. You may even be thinking of down-sizing.
Down-sizing has become an important aspect of those of us who have turned the corner at fifty and looking to cut down on the maintenance aspect of a larger home whether it be from a cost point-of-view or just simply to cut down the work load.
So can you squeeze more out your home from a value perspective. You better better believe it!
Here is area number 1 you could start paying attention to today.
The Kitchen. . . how about a makeover for one of the most utilized areas of your home. With appliances such as a stove, toaster, fridge, coffee maker etc. all parked in the kitchen the through traffic it needs to contend with is huge.
Wear and tear will happen and it doesn't need to take place over a long period of time either; it can happen quickly.
The kitchen has proven to be the most profitable area in the house when it comes to upgrading. When looking at the prospect of adding value to a home always concentrate on the kitchen first.
Ask yourself this. . . when you inspect a home for sale which area do you head for first? The kitchen - it's the central hub of most homes and is where most of us spend a lot of our time.
So what areas of a kitchen makeover are important? Some of the recent trends suggest the sink area. The kitchen is one of the wet areas of the home and the sink, believe it or not, can say a lot about a person particularly from an hygienic point-of-view.
The sink is one of those heavily used areas which can leave an impression on a buyer. Single sinks are out and a double sink is just the ticket for value-adding to a kitchen. Give the dual sink plenty of consideration.
Other areas of the kitchen to consider include the cooking area. Is the stove on it's last legs or does it need a good scrub and clean? What colors are the cabinets? Do they match the rest of the decor? Is there lighting under the kitchen cabinets? This alone can add plenty of extra value to a home. How about extras such as warming ovens and wine coolers? What about the lighting? What type of lights do you have? Are they outdated?
These are all pertinent questions. If you haven't touched your kitchen from a re-modeling aspect for some time and are thinking of selling your home, then talk to a kitchen specialist. Get your kitchen out of the time warp it's been in. Your bottom line will thank you for it.
Kitchen improvements are not the only ways to increase the value of your home. Chicago construction company Elite Home Builders has all the tips and advice you need to spruce up your home.