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Renovation House

How Do I Increase the Value of My Home?

In my time spent as an appraiser, I was often asked the question; how do I increase the value of my home? Being an appraiser, homeowners expected me to give a quick-fix-sure-fire answer that would instantly double their investment. Most expected an answer like “finish your basement” or “add a bathroom” or “turn the garage into living space”. In some instances, an additional bathroom will significantly increase your home’s value. And yes, in some instances, finishing a basement will significantly increase your home’s value.
But in all instances, including market decline and market incline, regular home maintenance will promote best market value and give you the most “bang for your buck”. Home systems that should be regularly maintained include, but are not limited to, plumbing systems, gutter systems and crawl spaces. Failing to inspect and perform routine maintenance to either of these systems could lead to expensive repairs that will increase depreciation and severely decrease the appraised value of your home.
Plumbing problems can be a nuisance and cause disaster if they are not repaired immediately. Water damage caused by plumbing problems has a “domino effect” leading to other costly repairs. For example, a leaky bathroom sink could destroy wood cabinetry. In severe cases, water could reach the floor, causing structural problems.
Gutters and downspouts are often overlooked. Properly maintained gutters channel water away from the roof of the home, to the downspouts and away from the foundation. Poorly maintained gutters often lead to roof problems as well as foundation problems. When a gutter is clogged with leaves and other debris, water will not drain to the downspouts and will instead flow over the side of your house. Downspouts direct water away from the homes foundation. Water that is not diverted away from the foundation will cause soil erosion, weakening the foundation and, over time, could result in uneven floors and cracks in a foundation.
Crawl spaces should be clean and well vented. Vents in crawl areas help reduce moisture and humidity levels by allowing air to flow freely. Excessive amounts of moisture and humidity attract mold and termites. A fan placed in the crawl space is the best way to reduce humidity. Floors are also directly affected by high levels of humidity in a crawl area. After being subjected to extended periods of moisture, the floor support above the crawl area will begin to rot and result in unlevel floors. Properly functioning gutters and downspouts help alleviate moisture in crawl areas.
So, as you can see, routine home maintenance is a wise investment – unequivocally providing you with the most “bank for your buck”. Always include routine maintenance in your home improvement budget. Failure to do so can leave you with a depreciated asset and an empty wallet!…

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Home Remodeling

Use These Solid Instructions To Maximize The Value Of Your Home

If you think you cannot do these projects, these tips can help you do them the right way. This advice will help you do the right things when you are tackling a home improvement project. Take a look at the home improvement tips below.

If every method you’ve used to fix your squeaky door has failed, you may need to replace your door’s hinge. Of course, you can find them at any store that sells home hardware. Just take apart the hinge and simply attach every side to the frame and door. Align the parts of the hinge and put the pins in place to complete your project.

The first step to a kitchen or bathroom renovation is turning off the water! Whenever you are dealing with pipes, fittings, or fixtures, finding and turning the shutoff valve should be step number one. Taking this step can help prevent a flood.

Prudent advance planning is the key to successful home improvement work. Leaving important decisions unmade until the day the work gets done is a recipe for disaster. You could make the wrong choices, or delay your project by not making any decisions at all. If you plan the job properly before it starts, you will find the work gets done quicker and with less problems.

A great home improvement to undertake is installing motion-sensitive lighting on the outside of your home. You can save some money on electric bills if your exterior lights switch off automatically. Motion detectors are also useful for keeping thieves at bay.

An excellent door’s value should not be underestimated. This is the very first thing and then the very last thing that people will notice at your house. Also, if you have one that is old or damaged, heat may be escaping from it. If your door and frame are not made well you will lose your sense of safety.

The long blind cords in your home should be cut, tied or put in loops. It is possible for kids and pets to get tangled in long cords and strangle. Just make sure to keep enough on the end so you can work the blinds properly. Either tie it or cut it, or else an accident might occur in the future.

If you have a house without a shower, it makes sense to think about putting one in. A shower can reduce the amount of water used and is much more accessible than a bathtub. The numbers don’t lie. A quick shower consumes only 25% of the water that a full bathtub does.

If your home is in a drier region, consider fencing made of white or red cedar. It is durable, smells great, and is safe in places with wildfires.

If your home is located beside a wooded lot, install a wooden fence. The improvements you make should be ones that are going to keep you and everyone in your home comfortable, while at the same time making your home look better.

Now, with a better understanding of some of the information involved, you are that much closer to a completed home improvement dream. You can use the above advice to turn your best made plans into reality.…