Rooms for Improvement

Posted by Carolyn A. Capalbo on Tuesday, July 6th, 2010 at 2:05pm.

Until fairly recently, a good number of home owners were spending serious money on lavish home improvements, with the focus on increasing the value of their property. But with the current condition of the housing market, many people are opting to stay in their houses, and do some remodeling that actually add benefits to their day-to-day lives, as opposed to the future marketability of the home.

So, rather than thinking about how you can make our homes more attractive to cash-wielding strangers, a huge number of home owners are simply changing a few things to make their existing home, a sweeter home. And thankfully, many Americans are ensuring that these remodels and spruce-ups, whatever their size, are being done to a sensibly managed budget.

Of course, the scope of any project will be dictated to a large degree by how much money you have to spend. Try to figure out those things that will really make life more comfortable, and enjoyable. Maybe you spend a lot of time outside, and would like to make improvements to a patio or yard area? Perhaps you have a room that's being under-used and could be utilized in a far better way? Many of us have energy-saving concerns, and will wish to see how much can be done to reduce consumption, and costs?

Make a list of priorities, and work out how much you're going to have to spend, in order to realize your plans. Don't bite off more than you can chew. It's a great idea to see each project through to completion, no matter how small, before embarking on your next one - we've all seen those homes which look half-finished for years on end! You know, half-tiled bathroom, partly carpeted hallway, untreated woodwork, plastic sheeting where a window or roof section should be, etc.

A quick search online reveals hundreds of pages of advice for 'increasing the value of your home', and comparatively few on how to make your home that bit more comfortable! It would seem that many of us have had our priorities mixed up and the desire for a bigger, better house has clouded our appreciation of what we often already have.

Maybe all your home needs is a splash of paint here and there, a new couch or dining room table, some replacement floor covering or even a change of curtains or blinds. A few dollars and a weekend spent on brightening up the yard could work wonders. Putting some new life back into a house needn't be a huge job. And when the day finally comes, and you are in a position to sell and move on, you're almost certain to have an even more inviting property to put on the market.


Carolyn Capalbo,
Northern Virginia REALTOR®

 

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