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Home Improvements Worth Making Now

You want to get your home fixed up when it's time to sell, but then you don't get to enjoy those improvements! Julie and Daniel Desrochers from Desrochers Realty Group share what they think is worth doing right now, even if you aren't planning to sell for years to come.

Julie and Daniel's thoughts are below.

Open up spaces in your home and finishing an attic space to create a master suite or ad a master bath:

Homebuyers like open spaces for entertaining and living. A lot of times you can take a wall down between a kitchen and living room or dining room. Opening up some rooms in your home will make the space look larger and you will be able to enjoy the remodel. Buyers in the future will appreciate the updated floor plan and will be more motivated to look at your home over more dated chopped up floor plans. 

Some homes have an unfinished attic space, for example the common 1.5 story homes in Minneapolis and St. Paul. This is a great area to finish off into a master suite. Adding a master bedroom with an en suite bath is a great equity builder to a home if there is not already a master suite. This unfinished attic area is great place to do this. 
 
Remove popcorn ceilings & paint:
 
One of the best and cheapest updates you can perform to your home is new paint. Keep the color scheme neutral and make sure you keep up on touch ups to the base boards and trim. Another great update to perform is removing that dated popcorn finish on your ceilings. It can be a messy undertaking but will pay of and really updates the look of a room. 
 
Landscaping:
 
Outdoor spaces have become very popular in the last few years, more homeowners are looking at their back yards and patios as an extended living area from their house. Outdoor entertaining is a big trend. Investing in these areas now can pay off in the future when you go to sell. Plant trees and shrubs that will mature over time. Fire pits and patios are a great way to add out door living space.
 
A lot of landscaping items can be done by the homeowner over time you don’t necessarily have to fire a professional landscaping company. A good option is to hire a landscaping designer to create a plan for you but then you can do the work. 
 
Remove the question marks from your house:
 
Hire an inspector to go through the house to give you an idea of the repairs that need to be done to the areas of the home that you do not normally see. Small problems like a hidden water leak can easily turn in to a big problem if not detected. The longer you put off repairs the more expensive they become. The inspector can point out areas that need attention or may become a problem in the future that you can make sure stay maintained or work on repairing over time. 
 
If you are planning on selling within the next 3 to 4 year reach out to a realtor before you start your projects to make sure the things you are doing to your home are the right things for re-sale. They can give you guidance on what is a priority. 
 

If you'd like more information about Julie and Daniel and how they could help you buy, sell or build a home, click here