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Think about home resale value when upgrading

May 20, 2014

Hardwood FloorIf you're planning to upgrade your home design, it should be done with an eye to the future. Make changes to add value to your house, like installing maple wood floors from Anderson's Eagle Lodge hardwood flooring collection. Improvements like these will add to your enjoyment of your home for as long as you own it, and for later homeowners who'll buy it from you.

To determine where home improvements are most needed, it's wise to consult with a professional home inspector. This will allow you to make a priority list for repairs that you would likely have to make before a sale anyway. An inspector can help you identify air leaks, plumbing issues, old electrical systems and potential termite damage, according to HGTV. By taking the initiative before you put your home up for sale, you'll show that you're a responsible and trustworthy seller.

Energy savings
If your kitchen appliances have seen better days, it's time for an upgrade to newer, energy-efficient models with Energy Star approval. That's a signal to prospective home buyers that the house is operating with lower energy usage and savings on the electric or gas bills. Keeping outdated appliances also drains money from your wallet, so the benefit from installing new ones will be immediate.

Don't leave overhead lights and fans off your list. Many fixtures made now are more efficient than those produced previously, and your old models may be eating up more energy than you realize.

Small improvements
As long as the plumbing is sound, improvements in bathrooms don't have to be major to have a big impact. Repaint a wood vanity that's chipped or discolored from age and add new cabinet hardware. Check out the new styles in water faucets for a more contemporary look. Add new door handles if your old ones have developed a light rust from the moisture that's created daily in a wet environment. If the rust can be sanded off, My Home Ideas recommended keeping the old handles and spray painting them with a satin finish that's become popular in metals.

Easy upgrade
It can never be said enough how much difference repainting can make in a house, and at relatively low cost. Repainting your rooms is one of the easiest ways to add instant value and appeal to your home. If you're planning to sell soon, stick to neutrals because it helps potential buyers envision their own room design more easily.