Refresh and Revitalize Your Real Estate

By on January 20, 2013

Many people think of New Year’s resolutions as being for personal growth. This year, consider making a resolution to give your home a facelift as well. In today’s financial climate, homeowners in areas such as NY Real Estate need to be intentional in making sure their homes maintain fair property values. The following tips for affordable home improvements that will add value to your property as well as revitalize your living space:

Call for professional assistance

Sometimes the most cost-effective way to improve the value of a home is to start by consulting a professional. An hour with a professional home designer generally costs less than $100. In that time, you can learn a variety of professional tricks that will give you guidance for giving your home a makeover. If you plan to put your house on the market, a similar session with a realtor is usually free. Realtors know what sells and will be able to guide you in giving your home a money-making facelift. For improvements that are even more essential than mere cosmetic upgrades, consult a building inspector. Updates or minor repairs to plumbing and electrical features in a home can make dramatic differences in the home’s value. If you wish to go as far as potentially remodeling a room or area of your home you can vastly improve the appearance as well as the value. Remodeling and renovating that area in your home that you have been meaning to get to is great to add to your resolution for 2013!

Invest in a fresh coat of paint

Paint is an inexpensive way to refresh the look of your home’s interior as well as make it more attractive to visitors or prospective buyers. If you choose to consult with a designer or realtor, get their input on what color pallet will best suit your living space. If you are trying to sell, remember that most people find neutral colors to be the most pleasing. This doesn’t mean wall color needs to be drab or boring. Spice up a bedroom or living area by painting one wall a darker shade than the other walls for a look that adds dimension as well as value to your home.

Plant a tree

As simple as tip seems, planting a tree is one of the best ways to add value and beauty to your yard. Additionally, as the tree grows, it provides shade to lower energy bills. Ensuring that your landscape is neat and well done allows for immediate gratification to those interested in your property. The exterior to your home is the first thing that visitors will see and something as simple as planting a tree is an easy increase to the value of your home.

The beginning of a new year is a great time to make plans to improve your life. Your home is where you spend much of your time. Wouldn’t making home improvements this year make your life better in the long run?

This information was written by Ken Torrino, web relations for Elliman, brokers for New York City Real Estate.

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