Home improvement projects should always do just that: improve your home. Even with the best of intentions, we sometimes make unwise choices abut what projects actually add value to a home. If keeping the market value of your property is something that is important to you, as it should be, then read on for some considerations on how to make your improvements work for you in the long run.
Our homes are where we live, and inevitably reflect our own style and taste. However, when it comes to adding market value to home, it is important to keep some of the personal aspects out of your decision making. It is not necessary to do bland or conventional improvements just to keep it generic enough for a future buyer – but it can indeed be profitable down the road if you make some “neutral” choices in things like paint colors or flooring. You may love the color purple, but that does not mean it is a wise choice to paint your walls this color. Go with an earthy tan hue, then blend the eye-popping colors into the design with pillows, rugs, lampshades and accessories that can be easily replace as your own style changes, or as you get your home ready for appealing to a future buyer.
Be aware of your surroundings, and how your home fits in with others in the same neighborhood. A home should reflect the ambiance of the region, not stick out like a sore thumb. There is nothing wrong with adding special touches and colors, but resist the urge to put a contemporary metal roof in a neighborhood full of Colonial craftsman or Victorian homes. Look at your own architectural style and make sure your improvements enhance the existing structure. Blending with your natural environment has long been considered the sign of an elegant and thoughtful homeowner.
Make a specific decision about what jobs you want to do, and stick to the plan. Changing things mid-course can sometimes end up with a “patchwork” effect that takes away from the original charm that your home had before you started working on it. Keep the styles and improvements consistent with your original plans. This will also help you stay within budget, relieving you of the need to cut corners and settle for inferior products.
Even if you are a proficient do-it-yourself-er, there will probably be times when you tackle projects that are outside your scope of expertise. You can certainly use this as a chance to learn some valuable new skills, especially if you are not in a hurry to complete the project. However, do not compromise the end result by refusing to get help. You may have friends or family members with skills that can be a huge help to you, or you may need to hire a local contractor who specializes in the project you are undertaking. Be honest about your abilities and your energy to do every part of a project alone. Divide up sections that you do not feel confident or inclined to finish solo.
Keep these ideas in mind as you make the wise choices that bring value and enjoyment to your home environment. It is entirely possible to make yourself happy, as well as increase your home’s potential for profit in future years.