Are you thinking about increasing your home’s value as a summer project?

When there are so many different ways to increase your home's value it is difficult to know which ones will payoff in the long run. Here are some ways you can get the most bang for your home improvement buck.

  1. Practice regular maintenance

Regular home maintenance is essential to protecting your largest investment. Before you worry about luxury amenities like a swimming pool or marble countertops, go through the house and do some preventative maintenance. You can start by printing out a home walk-through sheet – after all, that’s what the next buyers are going to do. Make sure everything on the list is up to date. If anything needs work, now’s the time to do it. Remember: If it costs a dime today, it may cost a dollar after it breaks.  


  1. Build what you want

Investing money in improving your home is a great idea: You can increase the value while getting to live in a nicer house. It is also easy to go too far down the path of building for the next buyer. Don’t pay for a patio, pool or three-car garage you don’t need because you think it’ll improve the value of the house. The next buyer might not want to barbecue, prefer a big yard to a pool or not own cars. Build what you want, so that even if you don’t get all of your money back, you get to enjoy your house.


  1. Speak to an interior designer

Bringing an interior designer into your home every so often, can keep your house on track with the latest trends. They can work with just about any  budget and offer simple ways to help utilize space. At the end of the day you'll have several options to showcase the positives of your home.

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