I spent much time sighing over glossy housekeeping magazines where they feature a tour around some celeb’s mansion. Torn between seeing the grandeur of the houses of super riches and our own tight spot when it comes to money, I was in much dilemma about ‘to be or not to be’. But thank to my lucky stars, my hands laid upon some useful articles about best home improvements. And from there, I learnt to differentiate the artistic value of a house and the resale value. And later, when we needed to extricate 10% of our contingency fund for house remodeling, I promptly realized that it’s the latter which should matter most for us- the middle-class, hard-working populace.
Why At The End, Resale Value Makes The Whole Difference?
Most of us consider a house as future investment. Only the stinking riches can think about importing Mexican grass, Italian tiles or Belgian glasses among best home improvements. But the articles said that even if you build a Victorian mansion amidst trailer park that would have no resale value. So it’s always advisable to take into account the neighborhood and its real estate value.
Three Must-Haves For Home Improvements I Learnt Along The Journey
- The systems should run in order
As having a glowing skin always weigh more than caked in make-up, a house which has all the internal systems like plumbing, heating, sewerage, wiring in order- is buyers’ delight and it’s far more important than having swimming pool.
- Wooden deck is ‘in’
With the increasing cost of lifestyles, most of the families these days like to spend their time at home. Adding a wooden deck was pricier, but we decided to go ahead with the one, and never regretted for a second about it. When I think about the future buyers preferring my house over the others, as the deck would allow for open-air parties, bar-b-q or outdoor games; my heart starts dancing.
- An ‘improved’ bathroom always counts
I read somewhere that according to National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), right now, bathrooms count more than kitchens. That led us to reduce the budget of kitchen improvements, and giving the existing bathroom a fresh make-over. Now we are counting the days when we will build another bathroom in upstairs.
At the end, I would like to add that we never went overboard with our home improvements. Sticking out as an odd-one in the neighbor, was never been our plan. I would advise you the same.