Home Improvements: Where Should You Put Your Money?
Curb appeal is a wonderful thing, but it means very little if the rest of your house is in need of upgrades.
Your home is not only a place to live, it’s also an investment. And, as investments go, from time to time you should assess how best to maximize its value. This becomes especially important if you’re considering selling your home in the near, or not too distant, future.
So what’s more important when it comes to home improvement and upgrades? Cosmetics, or functionality? Let’s discuss each. We’ll start with functionality.
Of course, investing in a home’s functionality may depend on its age. We have some homes here in the Santa Clarita Valley that are over 60 years old, with many of the most popular tracts in Valencia, Saugus and Canyon Country at (or near) 50 years old. Some of these homes may still have older insulation, windows, or plumbing. These three items are key in whether or not your overall comfort may be affected. If you’re considering selling your home, then most buyers are savvy enough to understand their importance as well.
Of course, the issue with these three key items is that they can be the most expensive problems to solve. However, proper insulation and newer, dual pane windows, can save you a lot on your utility bills, and are very much appreciated and desired by home buyers.
Installing new plumbing fixtures and piping also requires an investment, but serves homeowners well in the long run, and of course, is also very appealing to home buyers.
What about cosmetic upgrades?
Of course, once you get your home’s “functionality” together, you may want to invest in its cosmetic appearance. “Curb appeal” not only gives you a sense of pride of ownership, it makes for a great first impression for home buyers. Speaking to the interior of your home, you may want to consider first upgrading your kitchen and bathrooms, as those seem to be what buyers are drawn to when looking at homes to purchase.
Of course, cosmetic upgrades are all a matter of taste and affordability. If you’re considering selling your home, you might want to invest in a more neutral look that can appeal to more potential buyers.
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