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Next to your food bills, your home is the greatest investment you will make, but finding the right home isn’t easy which is highlighted by the fact that the average person will actually move homes 11 times before settling into their ‘forever home’. While this won’t apply to everyone, when you have found the special home that you want to stay in, you will want to make it as appealing as possible.
For most of us, we purchase a home that we can envision as making our own through renovation, decoration, and expansion, which is one of the greatest joys of owning your own home since while it was someone else’s, it becomes yours, along with your family, of course. Over the course of your home’s life, however, there are various things that you might want to do in order to increase its monetary and sentimental value.
One of the coolest and most stylish ways that you can improve both the aesthetic and practicality of your home is to have decking professionally installed. Most reputable deck builder companies will take into account the existing style of your home and work around it to create a solution that looks like it has always been there.
If it has been done properly and depending on the materials used, decking can last between 10 to 30 years for certain woods and even longer with composite decking, and the addition of decking is one of the best ways of raising the curb appeal of your home, with an average of an additional 10% attached to the value of the property.
How About an Extension?
If you have access to a large amount of funding then one of the best ways of adding some serious value to your home is with an extension, some of which, such as a double bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, can add as much as 25% onto the value of your home while even the cheapest like a small extra bathroom can yield a return of around 6%.
Of course, an extension doesn’t need to be thought of as an investment but rather can add much-needed space to a home, especially one with a growing family, with the most common reasons being extra family room space, another bedroom for aging children, and even garage space for additional vehicles.
In Vancouver, home extensions are becoming ever more popular as people look to take advantage of the beautiful views without having to move home. The benefits of an extension are many but before you start, it’s best to consult Vancouver real estate agents who can advise you on the best way to recoup your investment in the future. You should also be mindful of local building regulations and permits as they may affect the scope and cost of your project.
A Home Makeover
Even the nicest homes can become a little tiresome if you haven’t decorated for a while and just a simple paint job can breathe new life into your house. According to psychologists and interior designers, small changes to a home such as paint color, additional fabrics, and changing the layout of a room can enhance the positive feelings of your home.
Additionally, if you are looking to sell your property, one of the first things a potential buyer looks for is the quality of the interior by noting such things as paint quality on walls and doors, the feeling of space, and light quality. Vital decluttering can help with this as well as the simple fixes mentioned and some in-depth sprucing up.