Dec 31, 2007

5 Simple Ways to Increase your Home's Value

This photo is of a home I sold where the owners really knew how to increase their home's value.

It may seem simple, but good home maintenance is key to creating and preserving a home’s value. As the new year begins, take a look at how you will address these items in your home this year.

Every homeowner should do these five basic tasks this year before spending on improvements, expanding or selling their home.

1. Safety. Ensure smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are installed and in good working order. Check gas appliances to make sure they are properly vented and don't leak. Make sure the electrical system is adequate. Flickering lights and popping breakers are the sign of a problem.

2. Preventive maintenance. Repair any leaks in the roof, seal gaps in the siding, paint bare wood, replace damaged decking, patch cracks in concrete, and caulk around tubs and showers.

3. Conserve energy. Install a programmable thermostat, weatherstrip doors and windows, fix leaking faucets, upgrade insulation, and replace old windows.

4. Go green. Consider environmentally friendly materials for windows, doors, siding, decking, fencing, roofing, flooring, and insulation. Use earth friendly bulbs.

5. Improve comfort. Get rid of clutter, open up spaces, and organize closets and storage.

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