If you are looking to improve the value of your home, you can invite a realtor or interior designer to come to your home and many times the realtor will do this as a courtesy. They will be able to suggest improvements such as, paint colors and furniture placement.
You can also hire a home inspector to come inspect the areas of your home that you do not normally see. The inspector will be able to detect problems such as a hidden water leaks, deteriorating roofs, or a termite infestation. These problems can become big and expensive quickly. The longer you put off fixing these things the more money it will cost.
Painting is one of the most cost-effective things you can do to improve the inside of the home. A freshly painted room looks clean and updated. If you are not selling your home, you can paint the walls any color you would like. If you are going to be selling your home, stay with neutral colors.
Replace old fixtures throughout the home and think about adding some ceiling fans. If your carpet is stained or worn, you may want to consider having new carpet or some kind of hard flooring installed. You can also replace old appliances with new updated energy-efficient appliances.
If your home still has old, drafty single-pane windows, you may want to consider replacing them with new energy-efficient windows that are suitable for your area. For example, if you are living in an area that is prone to tropical storms and hurricanes, you may want to consider replacing your old windows with impact-resistant windows. These windows will withstand high winds and flying debris due to these storms. Replacing drafty doors can also help save energy costs.
There are many options for home improvement projects that will add value to your home. Concentrate on the small projects first that will make your home more appealing. Then you can focus on making the home energy efficient and adding small upgrades to each room and the exterior of the home. Things you can do to the exterior of the home include, planting trees and shrubs, cleaning up any weeds or unnecessary foliage, planting flowers and keeping the lawn well maintained. If you can afford it, most landscape companies are able to provide all of the services listed above. You can choose to have them come one time or schedule them to come on an on-going basis.