Home Remodeling Projects You Should Focus On

July 21, 2011

Home remodeling projects your should focus onThe housing market across the country has undergone a tremendous change over the last several years.  Hendersonville homeowners are looking at ways they can improve or update their home to get the most return on their investment when it comes time to sell it.  According to recent reports, the best projects to tackle around your house aren’t the big expensive ones, but rather the quicker, more affordable projects.  Here are a few home remodeling projects you should focus on that give the best cost-to-value ratio:

Entry Door Replacement – This is an often overlooked part of the home when it comes to updating and maintaining.  It also places the highest in the cost-to-value ratio.

Garage Door Replacement – This doesn’t mean just replacing the old version that you lock up manually and have to open manually.  A motorized garage door appeals to a much wider variety of Hendersonville buyers, especially as our generation ages.

Wooden Deck Addition – Outdoor spaces are a major selling point for buyers, even during the colder winter months.  Having a space ready for entertaining at any time is a must.  A beautiful green expanse of yard is wonderful, but adding a wooden deck can transform your outdoor space into an extension of your home’s living area.

Kitchen FaceliftYou don’t have to completely gut and remodel the kitchen to make an impact.  Instead, utilize the space to make simple updates, such as a new paint color and flooring, adding or replacing cabinet hardware and updating the faucet.  Replacing older appliances with newer energy-efficient models will save you money when you purchase them (many Energy Star appliances offer rebates), when you use them (using less energy means you save money on your electric bills) and when you sell them (more and more buyers are looking for energy-efficient homes).

Room Additions – OK, this may sound expensive at first.  However, I am not talking about actually building a room addition onto your Hendersonville home.  This can be expensive and time-consuming.  First you have to draw up the plans, then you need to obtain the proper permits and then you pour the concrete, add the framework and finish it off.  Instead, take existing space (such as the attic or basement) and transform it into extra bedrooms, an office, a family room, that extra roomy master bedroom you always wanted or whatever your heart desires.  Since this area has already been included in the original plans and building process, you don’t have to mess with the expenses associated with actually adding on to your existing Hendersonville home.  And, it adds more functional, usable living space to your home, which can be a HUGE advantage when it comes time to sell.

These are just some of the home remodeling projects you should focus on when updating the look of your Hendersonville home.  Even if you aren’t planning on selling your home this minute, these projects will not only help make your home more attractive to you, but it will also be more attractive to potential buyers and your pocketbook in the future.  When you do decide to sell your Hendersonville home, don’t forget to contact me!

Rich Cooke, your Western North Carolina real estate specialist

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