Small Home Improvements That Help You Increase The Value Of Your Home

It is natural for any homeowner to want to fetch the best price for his or her home when he or she sells it, and the easiest way to increase the value of any house is to have it renovated. However, not every homeowner might be willing to have his or her house renovated before he or she puts it up for sale. This is not surprising. After all, renovation costs a lot of money.

Renovation, especially when done by a professional contractor, can significantly boost the value of your house. But if you cannot afford to hire the services of a professional contractor, then you need not despair. You can still increase the value of your house by doing the renovation yourself. Of course, we are not talking about major renovation but rather of small projects that you can complete over the weekends. By following these tips, you will be able to make small changes that will not only help you beautify your home but also increase its value. Best of all, these home improvements tips need not necessarily cost a lot of money.

When it comes to home improvement, the best place to start is the bathroom. If you have several bathrooms in your house, check each one to see if there are cracks and broken fixtures and have it repaired. Remember that a lot of homebuyers are very particular about the bathroom. Make sure that the tiles are clean. If there is grout, use a heavy-duty tile cleaner to remove it.

If you use a shower curtain, make sure to replace them regularly. Shower curtains are known to accumulate mold. Once you are done with the bathrooms, you may now move to the kitchen. Again, buyers are very meticulous when it comes to the kitchen so be sure to inspect the cabinetry, tiles, and wood panels. When cleaning the drain, do not use reactive chemicals especially if your pipes are made of metal.

When it comes to the bedroom, the easiest way to update it is to change the wall color. If you have a small bedroom, choose a light color to create the illusion of space. Make sure that the walls complement the color of your furniture.

Get rid of unwanted clutter. Convert your trash into cash. Have a yard sale to dispose of extra appliances, old furniture, clothes, and other personal items. If you are feeling charitable, you can also donate these items to the needy.

Once you have cleaned the interior, move to the exterior. A cheap way to decorate your garden is through the use of potted plants. Keep the grass short by mowing the lawn.

These home improvements may not seem much, but they can definitely benefit you in two ways. First, they can help increase the value of your house. Second, they can help you create a lasting impression in the eyes of your potential buyers, which may lead to a faster transaction.

The New Rules of Home Improvement

Many homeowners are beginning to recognize the higher standards that are being demanded from home improvement contractors.The new rules of certification, accreditation and independent verification have complemented well the old ways of selecting a contractor so that the two establish a benchmark that bodes well for the professional perception of the industry. It is not a coincident that in 2010 credentialing and training organizations have achieved their highest growth rate in recent years.

I believe that a profound shift is taken place in the home improvement industry. This shift has embraced certification, accreditation and independent verification as the new rules of doing business. As a contractor who has been in the business for many years, for me, this shift means one thing – a chance to increase market share by showcasing a brand that understands and welcomes the new reality. Indeed, homeowners are beginning to demand this higher standard of training and perceived credibility to measure value. And, the surest way to achieve this is by checking for the credential of companies and the skill of their people. Now, besides the old ways of relying chiefly on word-of-mouth recommendation, customers will be able to more independently check for and measure the training and professional underpinning of a company. This is quite a significant development in the home improvement business brought on by dramatic emphasis on energy efficiency improvements in building.

The Federal government and large utility companies have contributed to this by providing tax credits and purchase rebates respectively for energy efficiency improvement initiatives. States have seized on these opportunities and have enacted changes to their building codes to encourage higher efficiency standards in building. The State of Massachusetts for example, has adopted the ‘Stretch Energy Code'” which its cities and towns are using to promote energy efficiency improvement to their building stock. The execution of these strategies create jobs, save money on utility bills and decrease the Carbon output to the environment from buildings. The savviest of small home improvement contractors are using these new rules to improve their companies’ image to portray a well trained professional operation. The majority of the buildings in the nation are in need of some sort of energy efficiency improvement, if we are committed to improving our building stock then the adoption of these new rules are just the start of the revolutionizing of the home improvement industry.

To be clear, the changes that are taking root are a result of the budding Home Performance Improvement industry that is taking shape and which is buttress by the Building Performance Institute (BPI), a national credentialing and training organization. Indeed, I believe two things, one, this is setting a new benchmark for the professional assessing of the home remodeling industry. Two, brand recognition will be an important criteria in selecting a home improvement company. The companies that recognize this and make the necessary positioning adjustment will be the winners.

All in all, these new rules that are required to operate a professional home performance improvement entity will no doubt usher in a change in the way the home remodeling industry operates generally.