by Sam Hickey | May 15, 2020 | Home Improvement, Home Value
Indoor home renovations add significant value to your home on their own. But why stop there? After all, a visitor’s first impression of your home won’t be what it looks like on the inside, but how appealing the front yard or backyard is. Investing a little extra time and money on backyard renovation could give your home significant resale value when it’s time to move.
Outdoor Remodeling Inspiration
Maybe your backyard has the best-looking grass in the neighborhood, but there’s nowhere to sit down. Likewise, even the fanciest outdoor kitchen doesn’t look appealing next to a brown, dying lawn. What kind of work does your yard need? Try one of these proven remodeling ideas:
- Patio space
- Hangout space
- Fire pits
- Eye-catching landscaping
1) Patio Space
Prospective buyers have a list of features they want in their new house. While everyone wants something slightly different, many people would agree that they’d love for their new house to have a patio. A brand new patio will certainly catch the attention of many potential buyers! And in the meantime, you get a great place to spend time outdoors or host parties in your backyard.
Is there a particularly scenic area behind your home that you’d love to look at? Maybe a see-through fence is best. On the other hand, a tall privacy fence ensures no one can peek at you while you’re in your backyard. Whichever style you choose, installing a fence of some type is an excellent way to secure your home and increase its appeal at the same time.
3) Hangout Space
Plenty of people love spending time in their backyard. Why not set up a permanent hangout space to enjoy the great outdoors? An outdoor kitchen, dining area, or even covered entertainment space gives you the chance to relax outside with family or friends. And better yet, this feature will definitely boost your home’s resale value.
4) Fire Pits
What’s the perfect addition to an outdoor cooking space? An open fire! A fireplace or fire pit gives you the opportunity to cook over open flames or just add a touch of atmosphere to your evening hangout. Light up the night and catch others’ attention with a customized fireplace.
5) Eye-Catching Landscaping
Finally, the yard itself needs attention. How healthy is your grass? Are your trees or decorative plants in good shape? Now’s the time to institute a lawn care routine to keep your plants healthy. The healthier they are, the better your yard will look, and the more curb appeal your house will have.
Pro Tip: Give your backyard a facelift! Plant flowers native to the Houston area that will thrive throughout the year.
Find Your Favorite Backyard Renovation
Even a few changes to your backyard layout or style can significantly increase what a potential buyer will pay for your home. Which idea appealed the most to you? Start planning your brand new backyard today!
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by Sam Hickey | May 1, 2020 | Design Inspiration, Home Improvement, Home Value
Whether you bought your current home as an investment or not, the day will likely come when it’s time to sell. How valuable will your house be by then? Most homeowners look to increase their home’s value with time, and for many, that means performing renovations or adding new features.
Giving Your House a Facelift
The best part about home renovations is that you can enjoy the new features in the meantime. So why not go for something fun as well as valuable? Join hundreds of other Houston-area homeowners and start your home improvement project with one of these features:
- Backyard deck
- Swimming pool
- Outdoor kitchen
- Remodeled bathroom
- New flooring
1) Backyard Deck
A nice, open backyard may be perfect for parties, but only with a few renovations. One excellent addition to your future outdoor hangout space is a spacious backyard deck, with a patio cover for added atmosphere. Home Advisor reports that you’ll likely be able to recoup up to 80% of the deck’s cost when you sell your house later! Prospective homeowners love the atmosphere and potential a deck provides and are willing to pay extra to get it.
2) Swimming Pool
Adding a swimming pool to your home certainly increases your potential for hosting! Guests will love the chance to go swimming. Your return on investment may not be as significant, however. It all depends on how many other homes in your neighborhood have swimming pools too, as well as how in-demand pools are in your area. Do a little research before making this decision.
Pro Tip: Enclosing your pool in a pool house lets you host guests in the best way possible!
3) Outdoor Kitchen
An outdoor kitchen and dining space is a winning combination for a luxurious backyard! Aside from making the perfect party hangout in the meantime, they can also provide a return on your investment ranging from 10% to 150%! The exact amount depends on the size, setup, and quality of materials used during construction.
4) Remodeled Bathroom
Nobody likes to use a messy, unappealing restroom. Why not give your bathroom a facelift too? From buying new decorations to installing newer plumbing, you can make your restroom look as good as new. An elegant bathroom will certainly look good to a prospective buyer in the future!
5) New Flooring
Is your carpet looking old and worn? How about the tiles or linoleum in your kitchen, indoors or outdoors? Upgrading your flooring could go a long way toward elevating the rest of your home. Match your countertops for an even more streamlined look!
Get an Excellent Return on Investment
Adding new features or completing a home improvement project does more than just make your house more valuable. It also gives you and your family additional ways to spend time together and enjoy your home. Do yourself a favor and start planning your home renovations today!
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by Sam Hickey | Oct 18, 2019 | Home Improvement, Home Value
Whether you’re planning to ultimately sell your home, upgrade a rental property, or just give yourself a nicer place to live, you may be looking for ways to increase your home’s value. You’re not alone! A surprising number of homeowners work on upgrading their houses for their own benefit and for better value when they eventually sell the house.
Boosting your home’s value rarely, if ever, consists of the same step-by-step process every time. Each home is different, and different buyers will look for different features. But there are a few particular additions that are all but guaranteed to help. As you plan your home’s upgrade project, keep these especially popular additions in mind.
Plenty of interested buyers would love a home with a brand new swimming pool! What better way to beat the Houston heat? Advertise that custom pool in your backyard to drum up interest and get a better value out of the final selling price.
Pro Tip: Pools with custom features will get particular interest from potential home buyers. Make your pool as unique as your family!
Bathroom & Kitchen Upgrades
Since families will spend a good amount of time in the kitchen or bathrooms of their new house, one especially appealing form of home renovation is to upgrade one or both areas. Few people will be excited about buying a home just to do time-consuming, expensive renovations on it in such crucial areas as the bathrooms and kitchen. Why not save them the time and earn a little extra for yourself in the meantime? Enjoy your newly renovated downstairs and make sure to advertise it when the time comes to sell!
Outdoor Living Area
For a truly unique backyard asset to advertise, add an outdoor kitchen or patio cover. Not only will this allow you and any future homeowners to enjoy the outdoors in comfort, but it will also feature as a less common addition to the backyard that buyers will be interested in. Backyard party space is always a plus.
Ready to Sell Your Home?
Increasing your home’s value may seem like a daunting task, but you don’t have to tackle all these projects at once. And remember that in the meantime, you’re still living there! Pick upgrades that will both provide a return on investment and prove useful to your family in the meantime. Take full advantage of that new pool or newly upgraded kitchen while you’re still there!
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