As one year is drawing to a close and a new one is about to begin, it’s a natural time to set up goals and aspirations for the new year.  For our old home, I tend to make a list at the beginning of each year of the projects I’d like to take on in the following 12 months.

If you are making these same considerations, here are five projects to consider that experts have consistently said make your home more valuable, while also making it more liveable for you!

Renovate your Kitchen:

If you own an older home, as many of us do, this is a remodel that can often add value to your future selling price.  Focus on making the space work better while also incorporating quality cabinets, fixtures and appliances.  Make sure to include all of the items most people consider “necessities.”  You might enjoy hand washing your dishes, but it’s likely the next owner won’t.

Expand Into Untapped Space:

Are you lucky enough to have a basement or a large attic?  Consider building out these spaces as a finished media room, a home gym or a home office space.  Not only will you be gaining a new home experience you desire, but potential buyers will see it as a space that can set your home apart from others with its additional useable square footage.

Redo Your Bath:

It’s often been said that what wins the heart of potential female home buyers is a beautiful master bath.  Consider making yours sing with upgraded lighting, tile and fixtures.  And who doesn’t enjoy a spa bath and showering experience?  There are wonderful options available that don’t have to break the bank account.

Enhance Your Landscape: 

By creating outdoor “rooms” for living and entertaining, we can extend the square footage of our living spaces.  This can often be done by adding a deck at the back of the home.  But sitting and dining areas worked into the landscape can work too while adding charm.  Make sure to include exterior lighting in your plans, so you and any future owners can be charmed by your garden areas at night too.

Play Up The Character:

Examine ways you can enhance the character of your home.  If there are moldings and decorative details, make them more visible with your use of paint colors.  Add light fixtures both indoors and out that reflect the style of your structure while adding drama and warmth.

Here’s to making your home work for you both today and in the future!




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