4 Value-Increasing Upgrades to Consider for Your Older Home

4 Value-Increasing Upgrades to Consider for Your Older Home
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    As a homeowner of an older home, you have become accustomed to the look and feel of your house and yard.

    Consequently, telling signs warning of your home's age have appeared, and are not improving with age.

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Although you have no serious plans to place your home on the market, it is prudent to review a few upgrades that can add value to your home as well as making it a more comfortable environment in which to live.

Moreover, by upgrading before something critical suddenly stops working, you can avoid the inconvenience and costly repairs that seem to tag along when emergency repairs are necessary for your house.

Update, Improve or Replace Insulation

Your home’s insulation can break down and degrade over the years. You may not notice that your house is a little warmer in the summer and a little colder in the winter.

Nevertheless, your utility bills likely reflect the changes by slowly creeping up in cost. Small critters and insects looking for comfortable nesting material often prefer to use attic and crawl space insulation.

Newer materials provide better insulation and are energy efficient. Additionally, replacing insulation means evicting unwanted guests in your walls, attic and crawl spaces.

Repair or Replace Leaky, Outdated Plumbing

Have your sewer system inspected for any signs of pipes damaged by tree roots. Experts in plumbing services have cameras to check your pipes, repairing or replacing them before a messy clog causes an emergency is a smart investment in your home. Plumbers can replace that old water heater that is inefficient with a newer model, potentially saving you a significant sum within a year or so.

Update Your Kitchen

Real estate evaluators recommend updating your kitchen as the number one thing you can do to increase the value of your home. Updates to your kitchen that pay off quickly include things like changing the look of a sink. It is not difficult to replace that avocado green paint on the wall behind your sink with new tiles that are much easier to clean and maintain.

Look at your chipped sink with the disposal that no longer runs. Replacing either or both with up to date models is not a large expense and it can help increase your home’s value immensely. Replace outdated, inefficient appliances if necessary with newer models displaying features many homebuyers want and look for in a house. New appliances are far more efficient than old, outdated models. Additionally, appliances that are more efficient mean energy saving benefits for you.

Bring Your Landscaping into the Modern Era

Often, older homes come with outdated landscaping patterns or styles. Because of this, your curb appeal may be a concern for you. After all, your yard greets visitors who form opinions based on the appearance of your lawn, yard and front of your house. You may need to remove yard accents—such as old patios, certain stone features, etc.—that are indicators of past trends and replace them with their modern equivalent.

It does not take a great deal of money or time to do some simple upgrades to your home. Regardless of whether you plan to sell your home, the increased value and efficiency will result in savings for you.

Information Source: https://dhamerplumbing.com/

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Hannah Whittenly

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer from Sacramento, California. A full-time mother of two, Hannah enjoys imagining and planning projects to make her home more beautiful. Occasionally, she'll actually get around to starting one of them.