Happy New Year! (**Ok this was supposed to be posted in January, damn that month went fast! But either way, here we go…**) As we enter into a new calendar year, we’re all working on lists of resolutions, ways to improve our lives, maybe get in better physical shape, start eating better, watch less TV etc. But it’s also a good time to take a look at your home and what may need to be taken care of it this coming year.
I’m talking about things that are outside of the standard maintenance tasks that come with the changing of the seasons. I find the new year is a good time to take a look around the house and decide what projects we will take on to enhance both our own enjoyment of our home, but also keeping in mind things that will appeal to buyers.
If you plan ahead for these sorts of projects you can avoid getting caught up in a rushed decision later on. You can also plan finances – sometimes the plans may require significant financial investments to be done properly, so you want to plan that out.
This past year, my husband and I put in AC (hallelujiah!!), we extended our back deck, stained our front porch and we had our attic access hatch installed. The AC and attic access don’t necessarily add $ value to your home because buyers expect them, but you sure LOSE value when they aren’t there. Plus the attic access gave us peace of mind that all is well up there, dry, well insulated etc. Phew! Though Salar was disappointed that there was no treasure or creepy discovery.
Things like the deck, and the front porch add to the curb appeal making our home more appealing to prospective buyers, plus quite frankly to us! When your husband is the Canadian Bacon Champ, he needs a lot of room for his various smokers and bbqs so really, extending the deck was a no brainer!
For 2015 I have a few more things on the list: replace vanity in the bathroom, paint the Living room , dining room and master bedroom. And to build on the backyard development, we’re going to plant some cedar trees along one side. None of these are breaking the bank, but by doing a bit at a time, they are easy to swallow both from a time commitment and from a financial standpoint.
Are you thinking of listing your home and wondering what things you could do to help make it more appealing? Give me a call or send me an email! firstname.lastname@example.org
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