If you’re a homeowner, you’ll want to ensure that your property gains value over the years you live in it. In that way, when you come to sell, you’ll be able to pay off the remaining mortgage and have money to spare, helping you to buy a larger house or one in a better neighborhood or enabling you to downsize without the need for a mortgage in some cases. Even if you bought your current house as your ‘forever home’, it’s still important to increase its value if you can use it for inheritance purposes at the very least. With that in mind, here are some of the ways you can invest in your home and ensure that it grows in value over the years.
Maintain The HVAC System
If you have an HVAC system in your home, you might not realize just how important it is to the overall value and maintenance of the property. The HVAC is much more than a unit that helps to control the temperature and keep you comfortable throughout the year; it also helps to prevent mold from occurring (particularly in areas that are likely to get humid and damp, like basements). Mold is a serious problem for properties and can mean that you lose a lot of value due to the structure being compromised or because you have to spend a lot of money to put things right.
Always make sure you get your HVAC system serviced at least once a year and ideally twice (as the seasons change to summer and then again to winter). This kind of preventative measure will mean problems are spotted early on and will be easier – and cheaper – to fix.
Take Care Of Your Roof
Your roof is such an important part of your property that even if you don’t do anything else, you should make sure your roof is always well looked after. It protects anyone within the building from the outside elements, but it also keeps your home comfortable, insulating it and – with the help of the HVAC unit – keeping you comfortable no matter what time of year it might be or what temperature.
Your roof is not going to last forever, and if you’ve lived in your home a long time or if the roof wasn’t new when you moved in, replacing the structure might be something to consider. Even if you don’t replace the whole thing, getting a residential roofer to check things out and make repairs will help a lot and ensure you keep the value in your home.
Redo The Bathroom
So far, we’ve been concentrating on exterior areas of the property, but it’s important not to forget the inside too, especially as this is what will give potential new owners their first impression of the house, and it will make a living there better for you too.
One of the most important rooms in the house to take care of is the bathroom. People can forgive almost any décor problem – as long as you put it right – but an old, uncomfortable, perhaps even dirty bathroom is never going to go down well. Therefore, when you are considering which room to update first in your to-do list, the bathroom should win out. Once you have a gorgeous new bathroom, you’ll be keen to continue and do other areas of the house too.