10 Must-Know Home Improvement Tips

If you’re considering giving a facelift to your home, your best bet is to first consider which measures would profit you most in terms of its resale value. By careful handling, you could get back all or most of your investment, particularly if you remodel your flooring or do up your kitchen or even add a bathroom. If, on the other hand, you add features to your home, which prospective buyers do not want, like a spa or a steam bath, your home would be difficult to sell.

Here are 10 home improvement tips that can fetch you a higher resale value:

  1. Building a floating deck: If you’re keen to have a floating deck, having deck blocks is a good idea. Digging a foot below each deck block where the area is larger than that of the block would be good. Once this is done, you could fill the area with stone dust or gravel before setting the deck block. If you wish to have a floating deck, do it because you want one, not because it could fetch you better returns when you sell it. It would be practical to have one if you like using it yourself or if you like to have outdoor parties and barbecues often.
  2. Bringing in potted plants: Livening up your home with green leafy plants is something interior designers have been advocating for long, but perhaps they did not consider the health benefits this gives homeowners if they chose plants with good health benefits. According to studies, there are certain plants that can reduce a home of harmful VOCs up to 89%. So, it would be better to bring in plants like palms, orchids, peace lilies, ferns, schefflera, anthuriums, Song of India, Pothos, Spider Plant, Jade, succulents and cacti.
  3. Add more curb appeal: To improve the look of your home or even its value, you need to have a well-kept and well-maintained yard. To quickly build value of your home, give your exteriors a good look. If there’s any overgrowth of plants and weeds, get rid of them and make your patio or entranceway look more appealing by adding hanging plants. If there are broken light shades or chipped house number plates, do them up with bright paint.
  4. Landscape your garden: Make your home look appealing right from the driveway by having an excellently planned and maintained garden. If you don’t know how to go about it, ask your neighbours who help them or make enquiries at the local garden centres that offer free design services. Colourful plants and bushes at the entrance of your home would be eye-catching and inviting. If your entrance is already full of greenery, trim them to an appreciable height. Mix the heights of variously coloured plants to give a multi-coloured effect. If you have a fountain or any such feature in your garden, dress it up with flowers of different colours.
  5. Give your wooden furniture a new and longer life: Keeping your wooden furniture look like it’s new demands regular maintenance. Here are a few things you can do:
  • Use a soft cloth to wipe any spills on your furniture.
  • Use a lint-free duster to dust your furniture whenever you get the time.
  • Cover your furniture with drapes, blinds or curtains so that they get minimal sun exposure.
  • Don’t use wet cloth or mops to clean your wooden furniture.

Keep your furniture away from vents or heating units because dry heat will lead to cracks.

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  1. Remodel your kitchen: If you want to do a complete remodelling of your kitchen, it would mean getting new cabinets, laminate countertops, an island, wall oven, vinyl flooring, stainless steel sink, cook top and appliances. By doing a thorough remodelling of your kitchen, the value of your home could rise by about 10%-15%.

To lend more open space to your kitchen, remove any obstacles such as unwanted cabinets. You could also convert countertops into eating bars. Make a large-ish space for an eat-in kitchen, something your family and guests will enjoy.

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  1. Make your home energy-efficient: Choosing the right windows for your home can give you a big saving on your energy bills. Before you go out and choose new windows, check that you go in for vinyl frames that are maintenance-free and are also good insulators. You could also choose wood for insulation. For good insulation, you might also like to choose gas sealed double-paned windows, though expensive.
  2. Get healthy flooring: The flooring you choose can make a great impact on your and your family’s health, so choose wood, laminates, tiles and concrete for flooring as these do not give any scope for hiding places for dust mites and pathogens. Eliminate carpets, as they are the best hiding places for allergens that cause asthma and other allergies. Besides, keeping a hard floor clean is easier than having a clean carpet.
  3. Keep the critters out: You can do this by sealing all the cracks and holes in your home with weather stripping and caulk. Look for leaks on the floor, around doors and windows and at vents where the air is ejected out. This is particularly helpful if you have someone in the family suffering from asthma.
  4. Reduce humidity: If your basement or attic has an overexposure to moisture, it can lead to your entire home being overly humid. Often, mould comes along with moisture, causing toxicity in a home, so it’s essential to prevent such a situation by reducing the overall moisture content. You can do this by introducing a dehumidifier in those parts of your home that are the most humid. If there’s a problem of water drainage near the foundation of your home, get new drain spouts and gutters, which will take the water away from your home’s foundation more effectively.

Author Bio: John Clax is a seasoned freelance content writer and blogger. When he is not playing golf, he is writing for his blog thebasicwoodworking.com. JC has been writing for over ten years now.

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