Are you planning on moving soon? If moving is in your future plan, you want to discuss with a professional and perhaps a Realtor on what areas of your home you should fix up. When the market is slow for selling homes, you want to make sure your home is presentable and sought after over other homes in your price range.
For instance, if there are three homes for sale all in the same price range, the house with the new roof and windows is sure to sell first. New homeowners do not want to spend a fortune to fix up a house especially on these two big ticket items. You can easily call a professional window installer and roofer to get these jobs done quickly. If you try to do this yourself, number 1) you may do it incorrectly and end up spending more money having to fix it. Number 2) You may get injured on the job. If you hire a professional they are more then likely insured and bonded so they are covered with insurance as well as able to replace anything that needs to be replaced and it will not cost you another dime out of your pocket.
If you are thinking of selling your home, one area you will not want to invest money in is the basement. A recreational room may add to the likability to your home but it will not add much profit to the cost of your home. If you improved your family room, the price of your home will rise. A good rule of thumb when having home improvements performed on your house is that whatever you spend, half of it will count towards the total value of your home. You may double check with the bank loan officer if this rule applies to the area you live in.
Kitchens are an excellent investment when you want to make home improvements to sell your home. People hang out in their kitchens much of the time. Just think about it. When you have company over, do you and your company sit at the kitchen table and hang out there? When you have your family and/or friends over for the holidays, where do you end up? Most likely you all end up in the kitchen whether you are standing or sitting down. For some reason, people seem to congregate in the kitchen.
Things you can do to improve the look of your kitchen include, but are not limited to, new flooring, sliding glass doors out onto the deck if you currently have a single door, new lighting underneath the countertops so you can see better while cooking and/or a new bar area with chairs so you have more sitting room for you and your children.
There are many home improvements you can have a professional perform on your home when you are thinking of selling it. To get the best ideas and solutions ask a professional before you buy any home improvement items.