Certain kinds of home updates should be done later rather than sooner. Right before you put your house on the market, you probably want to paint, redo the entryway and replace the carpet. However, there are other investments that should be done sooner, in part because they are costly, and in part because then you can enjoy them.
Hardwood floors are costly, difficult to install and take special maintenance in order to keep them looking shiny and new. That said, they are one of the most reliable ways to make your home look nicer now and sell better later. It’s well worth the trouble and expense, whether you’re looking at a quality hardwood alternative or Monarch plank European oak.
Plant a Tree
Speaking of oaks, if you’re looking to add value instantly and make an addition that will only grow and improve over time, consider planting a tree in your yard. It’s better to plant sooner rather than later, as many of the best trees take many years to reach maturity. Make sure that you are planting far enough away from your house that the tree’s roots won’t damage the foundations and far enough from the road that the compression from cars driving by won’t damage the tree’s root system.
Kitchen and Bathroom
A kitchen and bathroom remodel is almost always a good investment. While many will advise saving that remodel until right before you’re ready to sell, the thing about a really good quality kitchen remodel is that it should stand the test of time. You can always change the backsplash, replace tired countertops and repaint cabinetry right before the sale, but the layout is what will really sell your kitchen. The layout is also what will benefit you the most in the short term. Good, usable counter space and decent flow are always going to be more valuable than trendy backsplashes and flashy appliances.
Wherever you can, go eco-friendly. Whether it’s energy-efficient appliances, a better and more efficient water heater, or even solar panels, there’s a short term benefit for you and long-term value added to the house. Everyone knows that eco-friendly additions save money. They add concrete value to your home and shave down your utility expenses.
Hardwood floors, trees, kitchen and bathroom updates and green technologies all pay off in the short term for you and your family. In the long term, they provide a reliable return on investment, adding value to your home.