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Ways To Add Value To Your Home

Apr 8, 2008
Usually we have more money tied up in our home than anything else that we buy. It can take a lot of maintenance to keep it in good shape and retain the value. Since the equity that accumulates in our home is a great way to grow money, so to speak, we want to make improvements that we can afford and improvements that add the most overall value to the home. These are the kinds of improvements that other buyers will be looking for if you ever decide to put your home on the market for sale.

When finances are an issue everyone knows that doing as many home repairs and improvements as you can yourself is always a great way to save money. Just make sure that the projects you pick to do yourself can be done well enough to look professional. A home improvement that is not done well might be better left not done at all. If you can not handle the job alone, then you might choose to hire help so that it will be worth the effort.

Natural stone counter tops and floors are one of the hottest items buyers are looking for in a home these days and they will increase the value of the home. The biggest drawback to natural stone is the cost. It is very expensive to buy the slabs that are used for counter tops. Some people will use a stone veneer for counter tops that is more affordable and still gives you that great look. Tiles for the floor can be less, but still costly. Natural stone is usually best installed by professionals.

Kitchens and bathrooms are always great rooms to update and add value. A master suite is also very popular now. There are a lot of things that you can do in a bathroom without tearing out the whole room. Resurfacing the tub, sink, and shower can be less expensive than replacing with new ones and the plumbing does not have to be removed in any way.

Any updating details that can be done in a kitchen are always good too. New flooring, counter tops and cabinets will add value.

It is not always necessary to add the most expensive materials in home improvements. The main thing is that the renovations are done well and that what ever you do will give the home a fresh, clean, new look.

On a non cosmetic note, central heating and air and new energy efficient windows are also great investments to add value to your home and to help save on your energy bills.
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Rachel Yoshida is a writer in the field of finances and is currently assisting those in need of no fax payday loans, and can help anyone get a Los Angeles payday loan in as little as 1 hour.
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