As the housing market slowly starts to rebound, homeowners should take a good look at their own properties. What improvements can be made to increase your home’s value? This doesn’t mean you have to plant a “for sale” sign in your front yard. However, if you can boost your value, then you’ll also be boosting your home equity potential. Best of all, these enhancements could take the form of weekend do it yourself remodeling projects. In other words, there is no need to hire an expensive contractor when you’ve got all the resources to get the job done on your own.

Create Open Flow

One of the most requested design elements in a home is the open flow concept. This means having the ability to look from the kitchen through the dining room and into the living room. If there are non-load bearing walls obstructing this view in your home, then bring them down! Once the walls are down, you can break up the open space with some strategically placed furniture or a kitchen island.

Get Your Garden Growing

A small investment in your landscaping curb appeal could yield amazing results for your home’s overall value. Get rid of the dead shrubs and replant with blooming bushes. If you’ve got vines or bushes blocking windows, prune them back. You’ll get fresh sunlight and a more open feeling for your property. This also means keeping up with your lawn mowing. Time to put the kids to work for that allowance!

Check Off Your Maintenance Repairs

To know the value of your home will require getting a certified appraisal. Think of this as your house report card. Here is where you can score points by taking care of all those minor maintenance chores. Fix the minor leaks, clean out the septic tank, replace old insulation and swap out tattered storm door and window screens. This would take care of everything on your “to-do” list.

Think Solar

Another popular upgrade to increase a home’s value is to go green. That could mean adding a solar power system to the roof. What you’ll be doing is instantly reducing the cost of your monthly electric bill. Depending on where you live, you could also take advantage of tax credits and rebates, which would make the installation of these systems extremely affordable. You might even find yourself in a situation where you can sell power back to the power company. How sweet would that be?

Swap Out The Front Door

Your home’s first impression begins at the front door. This structure takes a severe beating from the elements. Perhaps it is time to swap out that door for a new model. Look for options that can match your door color to your shutters. Since most doors are standard sizes, you should be able to pick from a wide variety of styles. Add a few potted plants and you’ve got whole new entry!

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