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Home Improvement Ideas that Pay Off


Throughout the pandemic, many people took advantage of the time home to work on home improvements. In a study conducted by Harvard University, homeowners spent $271 billion on renovations in 2020 alone. If you are looking to join the masses in upgrading your home, here are five home improvement ideas that pay off! 


Landscaping

The first impression a potential buyer has of your home is of the landscaping. Along with the exterior of the house, it's the primary element in "curb appeal." The quality of landscaping says a lot about the home and the previous owners. If the yard is well maintained, people will believe the property's interior is also in good shape. According to The Long & Foster's Company, it's essential to plan out your landscaping and not wait till the last minute. For instance, if you're listing your house in the spring, start working on the yard in the fall.


Lighting

An easily affordable way to brighten up your home is by switching or adding new lighting. With the proper lighting, you can transform a space into feeling larger and cleaner. This can also be a visual appeal to potential buyers because they can see everything and not worry about anything hiding in the shadows. In an article by Wirecutter, they discovered technological advancements in home lighting systems that allow people to control lights with a smartphone. Upgrading the lights in your home is an excellent opportunity to make the property more energy-efficient, which is a bonus when selling.


Bathroom Remodel

There are many reasons and ways to remodel your bathroom, and all are dependent on your budget. Some of the easiest and most cost-efficient ways to upgrade this space are switching showerheads, replacing the shower doors, changing countertops, and refinishing or replacing the tub. But, if you're looking to do a complete renovation, focus on efficiency and sustainability. According to S&D Plumbing, replacing old pipes and fixtures will save you money on electricity and water usage bills. Fully upgrading pre-existing fixtures increases the value of your home and makes your property more desirable.


Deck or Patio Addition

One of the more considerable financial investments in home renovations is adding a deck or patio to your property. Not only does it create more space for entertaining and hosting guests, but it's also perfect for relaxed nights with family and friends. Depending on the size of the deck, this can be an expensive renovation. But don't let the initial cost completely steer you away. According to HGTV, the average return on the resale is 90.3%. The value it adds to your home easily outweighs the cost to build, making this a worthwhile investment.


Upgrade Windows

In Florida, windows can make or break your home's resale value. Due to our state's long hurricane season, having impact glass windows makes your home more appealing to buyers. According to Engineer Glass Systems International, hurricane-proof windows are composed of several layers of glass and other synthetic materials that make shattering nearly impossible. Along with hurricane protection, windows can also help with energy conservation. For instance, specific windows are designed to prevent heated or cooled air leaks from your home.


Whether or not you are looking to sell, renovations can help make space easier to live in. Let us know what your favorite home renovations are!