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Home Improvements Add Value

May 19, 2008
Many homeowners are willing to tackle any home improvement project that adds value to the home. Some people plan to occupy the home for many years and place a higher value on additions for comfort rather than additions whose expense would be recouped when the home was sold on the real estate market. Homes are to be enjoyed for a long time, and any home improvements accomplished will add value in many shapes and forms.

People can create a dreamland environment in the kitchen or the homeowners might choose to place only functional appliances that will serve a need. The cost of the home appliances will determine the resale value on the real estate market but a family might not require such luxurious additions if they were just starting a family and needed funds for other household expenses. The true value gained from a home improvement project by this family would be home improvements that offered functional value and not as much style as the housing market might dictate for a quick sale.

Some homeowners might enjoy working in the yard and performing small home improvements just for the fun of it. A homeowner could perform home improvements that add value by adding shrubbery to blank spaces in the yard without obstructing the view of the house. Landscaped flowerbeds might be an ongoing home improvement project that keeps homeowners busy for years. That hard work will pay off when the landscaping project adds valuable dollars to the selling price of the house a few years down the road.

While home improvements add increased value to the selling price of a home, they will often motivate the homeowner to purchase outdoor accessories that might not have been in the original budget. The value of owning these home improvement items will not diminish though because the homeowner always has the option of taking those items when moving or not including all of those items in the sale price of the home. Deck chairs, swimming pool accessories, and outdoor grills are often left in place while showing a home because these home improvements add value.

Some home improvements will need to be in order for the sale of a home to close. Errors in home improvement projects might cause plumbing problems, and rerouting electrical wiring might have caused home appliances to short circuit. While the homeowner initially thought that these home improvements added quality and value in the overall appearance of the home, they later will find out that they are home improvements that could cost the owner more than they bargained for.

Some homeowners will regret trying to make home improvements without a licensed contractor in charge of the project. Finding a reputable contractor is a very easy task because home building association's have a list of qualified people that work on home improvement projects everyday. All work accomplished during a home improvement project will be guaranteed in writing and homeowners can review the estimates and find a contractor whose work fits into the home improvement project budget.
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