When you’ve maintained your furnace well, you’ve set yourself up to get the approval of a would-be buyer.
What’s more is that realtors will tell you that the absence of proof that you’ve been maintaining your furnace can reduce the value of your home.
In theory, if you upgrade your furnace, the value of your home also increases by the full amount of the upgrade cost. But in reality, purchasing a new furnace doesn’t always increase the amount someone will pay when it comes to buying your home. Realtors tell you, however, that is does contribute to your home’s level of attractiveness to buyers.
While nothing is guaranteed in every scenario, here are 5 other ways you can consider to add or maintain the value of your home.
Give the kitchen a new look
Whether it the be layout of the kitchen, the appliances, or the cabinets, bring a professional to see what you can do. If you can’t afford a professional, consider a paint change or a refresh of your cabinetry. You can also take a look at your lighting to make sure it adds to the kitchen’s aesthetics.
2. Create a home office
Maybe you have what you’d like to consider a “home office”: a room with lots of storage, and a room that’s also hardly ever touched! For others, the home office is used, but doesn’t have quite the same aesthetics as the rest of the house. Either way, make sure you’re using the space you’ve set aside by giving it a refresh.
Consider a complete home office remodel, depending on the current state of your space. It might be built-in shelves, new windows for better light, or simply new flooring that can give the room a brand new appeal—to you and would-be buyers.
3. Install new windows
We all know of a house that has absurd energy bills because of old windows! When it’s time to install new windows, it can contribute to a more energy efficient house. The other benefits include a revived look and feel for your home, and it’s a great thing to tell future buyers who will know you treated your home as an investment. It can also ensure your home is sealed properly and help any water leak issues you have.
Make sure you look for any utility rebates that you may be able to take advantage of for energy efficient windows and consider adding insect screens, too (1).
4. Look at ways to create space.
Depending on the layout of your home, look for ways to add space. Thinking of this literally, it could mean you build an addition to your home, but don’t forget about converting your basement, building upwards, or removing interior walls. Typically the only area to avoid is converting the space in your garage, which can actually reduce the resale value of a home (2).
5. Don’t forget your bathrooms
It’s been said that there’s no such thing as too many bathrooms—or too many bathrooms that help to add value to your house one day!
Though many people think it has to be costly to “upgrade” your home, consider what you can do in your bath. It might be time to consider new tile or a new floor. Paint the walls, change out the sink, or even consider a deep scrub. You’d be surprised how much deep cleaning can give your bathrooms a brand new look (1, 2).
Maximize the Value of Your Home
Maximize the value of your home—while you reduce energy consumption—by improving the efficiency of your current system.
We offer energy audits that identify specific areas of your home that can benefit from changes or upgrades. From examining your insulation, ductwork and ventilation, our technicians can lay out for you exactly where you are losing energy and how you can save money without making major changes to your home or business. Give the experts at Greater Comfort a call today at 859-491-4915