9 Best Tips for a First-Time Homebuyer

First-time homebuyers looking at a house.As a first-time homebuyer, you are about to enter a new, exciting chapter in your life. Going through the process of purchasing your first home can seem like an impossible challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. Here is a list of the 9 best tips for a first-time homebuyer.

 

  • Check your credit. When is the last time you checked your credit? Many people forget that credit plays a major role in your interest rates and ultimately your monthly mortgage payment. Take the necessary steps such as paying down your credit card debt to make a positive change in your credit. Regardless of your credit situation, there is likely a mortgage program for a first-time homebuyer like you.
  • Get pre-approved. Before you begin your home search, going through the pre-approval process can be educational for a first-time homebuyer because it gives you an idea of what price range you can potentially afford. Keep in mind that what your bank qualifies you for may not be what you feel comfortable spending.
  • Organize. The minute you decide you want to become a first-time homebuyer is the time to get organized. Start looking at everything from your income to bills. Analyze everything including how much you are spending on those daily lattes. How much money are you making? Where is your money going? Create a spreadsheet to track of your expenses. Next, make a list of all everything you need in a house. Keep in mind that needs and wants aren’t always going to coincide. Take the list with you to every showing and check off items to see which houses actually fit your needs.
  • Figure out your down payment. Most traditional loans require a 20 percent deposit, which may be pretty steep for the typical first-time homebuyer. This means a $40,000 deposit is needed for a $200,000 home. If 20 percent is not possible for you, there may be other options, such as a FHA loan with as little as 3.5 percent down. Discuss your options and concerns with your Realtor or lender!
  • Learn about the neighborhood. During your home search, do your research on the neighborhood. Look into the local school districts, even if you don’t have kids. Also check out the local crime rate and the area’s accessibility to highways.
  • Think about the future. When buying your first home, it’s so easy to get wrapped up in the “here and now” mentality. However, we encourage you to think about your 5-year and 10-year plan. While it’s difficult to have everything planned out, having an idea of what you want for the future can help you keep things in perspective.
  • Create a budget in advance. Calculate your monthly expenses ahead of time to help budget for how much house you can reasonably afford. Keep all of those additional household expenses in mind things such as garbage service, utilities, phone, groceries, and homeowners association fees.
  • Research current grants. Ask your Realtor or search the internet for grants that are available for first-time home buyers. There might be some worthwhile grant options available to you based on your location or profession. A little research could save you thousands.
  • Understand the contract. Your mortgage contract is one of the most important contracts you will ever sign. As a first-time homebuyer, there may be terms and phrases that you don’t understand. Never sign something if you’re uncomfortable. Ask a parent or friend who has gone through the process to tag along and answer questions. Or, if needed, hire a real estate lawyer to help you understand the terms to which you are agreeing.

Before you dive into your search, some simple organization and prep work can make the first-time homebuyer process much more manageable and enjoyable. It’s also important that you make your purchase agreement contingent upon a home inspection. A qualified home inspector can answer any questions or concerns about your property so that you understand everything you need to know about the home. Get in touch with Inspect-It 1st® today for an honest property assessment.



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Protect Your Home With These 12 Tips

Protect your home with security systems and other tips.It’s important to protect your home not only when you’re out of town, but on a day-to-day basis. People often think that burglaries only happen at night, but many burglaries happen in plain sight while you’re at work or even at home! Protect your home and family with these 12 tips.

  • Close your blinds. Windows give the outside world a sneak peek of what’s inside your house and whether anyone is home. Close your blinds when you’re away to keep burglars from knowing for sure.
  • Trim your bushes. Bushes and other landscaping around the perimeter of the house provide easy hiding spots for perpetrators. Keep bushes neatly trimmed, and get rid of dead foliage altogether.
  • Install motion sensors. Motion sensor lighting is a highly-effective way to protect your home after dark. Lights draw attention, which no burglar will want when trying to enter a home.
  • Turn on the radio. Playing talk radio at a moderate volume while you’re away can protect your home by leading outsiders to believe someone is at home.
  • Turn off your landline phone ringer. A constantly ringing phone is a sign of an empty house. Disable your landline phone ringer!
  • Use device timers. When you head out for an extended trip, protect your home by creating the appearance of activity. Use device timers to turn on lights automatically at certain points throughout the day.
  • Keep recent purchases out of sight. Did you just purchase a new flat screen TV, stereo, or computer? Great, but don’t advertise it to the world! Instead of putting large electronic boxes next to the trash, cut the boxes into pieces small enough to fit inside the trash can. We also recommend keeping these purchases off of social media, as burglars have found ways to use social media as research for houses to hit.
  • Update your locks. Have you recently moved into a new home? It’s important to change the locks to be certain you control the only set of keys. It’s also a smart idea to make sure all exterior doors have deadbolts.
  • Lock your windows. People almost always remember to lock the doors, but often forget about the windows. It doesn’t take much effort to open an unlocked window, and burglars know it.
  • Install a security system. Perhaps the best way to protect your home is with a home security system. In addition to the added security, the security companies will often place signs and stickers around the home to advertise that the home is protected.
  • Have a family member check on the home. Ask a close friend or relative to check on the home when you’re away for an extended period of time. Ask them to empty the mailbox and remove fliers that may be stuck in the door as these are two signs that someone is home.
  • Get a dog. Man’s best friend is also a great home security system. A barking dog draws attention to the home and can also pose a threat to intruders.

Protecting your family and valuables is incredibly important. With these 12 tips, you can protect your home and give yourself peace of mind. Before you move into a new home, the best way to protect your investment is with an inspection from Inspect-It 1st. Our licensed home inspectors will give you an honest assessment of the property so you can understand any issues before you commit.



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7 Open House Tips to Increase Appeal

Open house tips to boost your home's appeal.Utilizing open house tips can be a game changer when trying to sell your house. If you are trying to sell your house without the help of a realtor, it’s important to keep a few things in mind when marketing your home for sale. With the housing market bouncing back, it’s likely that you’re going to notice more homes in your area popping up for sale. We’ve put together 7 basic open house tips to help your listing stand out from the crowd and gain attention from potential buyers.

Open House Tips:

  • Declutter the home. Before you even consider hosting an open house, it’s important to declutter the home. This tip could be the most important of the 7 open house tips on this list. A cluttered house, no matter how clean, will always appear messy and potentially turn away potential buyers. Get rid of items you no longer need in your home to help rooms feel larger and more open.
  • Depersonalize the environment. When buyers walk through a home, they want to envision their lives in the environment. Removing personal photos and artifacts can increase the appeal in a big way.
  • Use technology. Studies show that the average American spends 11 hours per day using electronic devices. Using social media outlets can have a huge impact on your open house. Set up an event on Facebook and post classified ads on local digital news sites. Post high-quality photos and encourage your network of friends to share your open house info across their networks.
  • Promote with signage. Seems simple, right? Post details regarding your open house on the signs and place them within a mile of the property. Take advantage of high-traffic intersections and local landmarks.  You’d be surprised how much exposure you can get from eye-catching signs. This is one of the most basic, but incredibly important open house tips in the book.
  • Talk with your neighbors. Ask a few of your neighbors to take a walk through your home. Point out the selling features and get them excited about the house. They likely won’t want to move next door, but they will often share the information with their friends and family.
  • Create a neutral atmosphere. Did you paint your daughter’s room bright pink, or put dinosaur wallpaper up for your son? While it may be fitting for some families, the majority of home buyers may not enjoy some of the vibrant choices you made. You can dramatically increase the appeal for a wide range of buyers by choosing a neutral color palate for the home. Keep rooms gender neutral, especially common areas and the master bedroom.
  • Brighten the space. It’s showtime, and people will be arriving at your front door any minute. Perhaps the easiest trick of these open house tips is to simply brighten the interior of the house. Turn on all lights in the home and open the shades. Light helps create a warm and inviting atmosphere while also making a room appear open and large.

In addition to these 7 open house tips, it’s never a bad idea to have your home thoroughly inspected for issues. Fixing small issues that may draw red flags during an open house can be the difference between someone walking away or staying and making an offer. Take the initiative ahead of time to show buyers that you are serious about the sale. Get in touch with a local Inspect-It 1st home inspector for an unbiased, honest property inspection today!



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9 Indoor Fall Maintenance Tips

Homeowners performing fall maintenance tips.We’ve got more fall cleaning and maintenance tips for you. Now we’re taking a look at the inside of your home. Just like spring cleaning, fall cleaning is highly important especially if you are considering selling your home. Let’s take a look at our 9 indoor fall maintenance tips for your home.

 

  • Chimney. Nowadays, most fireplaces are gas, however if you have an older home, there is a good chance that you have a wood-burning fireplace in your home. Over time, a chimney on a wood-burning fireplace becomes stuffed with ashes and soot that can pose a major fire hazard. The first of our maintenance tips is to get your chimney professionally cleaned to ensure safety for your home.
  • Furnace Filter. When is the last time you changed your furnace filter? If you’re like most people, there’s a good chance it’s been awhile. No matter where you gather your home maintenance tips, one that always seems to get overlooked is the furnace filter. It’s recommended that you change your filter every other month to keep air quality high, and your furnace running smoothly.
  • Windows. Clean your windows and check the weatherstrip sealing around the edges. If you are selling your home, foggy or dirty windows are a major eyesore. Regardless, clean windows help open the house up and allow more natural light into the home.
  • Walls. Some fall maintenance tips are purely cosmetic and this is one of them. Walls get dirty, and you may be surprised to know that you can actually wash your walls. That’s right, you can gently wash the walls in your home using a sponge with warm water and a non-abrasive all-purpose cleaner.
  • Light Fixtures. When we dust our homes, we often are only focused on surfaces that are easily visible. This fall, make a new habit to start cleaning the light fixtures and ceiling fans in your home. If you’re looking to sell your home this fall, a top-to-bottom dusting can help the home shine.
  • Furniture. Sofas and loveseats can become full of dust and dirt particles. Cleaning them off with a handheld vacuum can help with air quality and allergies in your home. When you are trying to sell, potential buyers will notice the furniture in the home as they will try to envision themselves in the home. Clean furniture can increase the appeal of a room.
  • Spot and Stain Removal. Nobody likes to look at spots and stains on the carpet, especially a potential buyer. Get your carpets professionally cleaned to help bring life back to the room.
  • Closets. Out of all of these maintenance tips, this one could be the most effective in decluttering your home. To many of us, our closets are endless black holes where things disappear forever. Set aside some time as a family and declutter those closets! Set out three boxes and label them “keep,” “donate,” and “trash.” Decluttering your closets will make them feel larger, and help you keep things more organized in the home. For potential buyers, a clutter-free home is far more appealing.
  • Test Detectors. Lastly, while you’re making your rounds throughout the house this fall, check the batteries in all of your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they help keep you safe this winter.

Fall is the perfect time to go through your home and take care of some routine cleaning and maintenance. These fall maintenance tips are a great way to get the inside of your home shining again. If you are trying to sell your home this fall, these maintenance tips may lead to a quicker sale and more interested buyers. We also recommend getting a home inspection when it’s time to sell so that both parties are fully aware of the condition of the property. Get in touch with Inspect-It 1st for an honest, unbiased, thorough home inspection today!



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8 Exterior Fall Cleaning Tips

Exterior Fall Cleaning TipsWe’ve all heard of spring cleaning, but fall cleaning? The change of season is the perfect time to take a look at the interior and exterior of your home. Depending on where you live, it’s likely that you will soon be experiencing cold temperatures and more harsh weather conditions. Whether you are selling your home or happily hibernating in your home for the winter, a thorough fall cleaning is a great idea.

 

  • Gutters. With the change of season comes a change of scenery, and often that means leaves and debris are falling into the gutters and downspouts. Clearing them out a few times per year, especially during your fall cleaning, will help prevent water from getting backed up and entering the home. Make sure the downspouts help guide water away from the house.
  • Windows. Spray down the windows with a hose or cleaning product to help clear away nature’s build-up. Use this fall cleaning tip to help your windows shine.
  • Deck. If you’re looking to sell your home during the next few months, a poorly-maintained deck can appear as a negative to potential buyers. Your deck can get worn and weathered by falling branches, leaves, and other debris from the autumn weather. Clear off the deck and hose it down to keep a clean look and extend the life of your deck.
  • Pool Maintenance. Depending on where you live, there’s a good chance you won’t be using your pool after September. Take the proper steps to ensure that your pool will not be damaged during the winter and will function properly next spring. Drain the pool and clean out the filtration system.
  • Patio Furniture. If you don’t plan on spending time on the patio during the cold winter months, clean up your patio furniture and place it in storage. Take a few minutes during your fall cleaning to store it in the garage or a shed to prolong its life and protect it from the snow.
  • Check Seals. Go around to the windows and doors on all exterior walls and make sure that all weather-stripping and caulking is still doing its job. Proper sealing can keep out the elements of a cold, harsh winter that you don’t want entering the home. If you’re planning to sell, small details like such as new weather stripping can go a long way for potential buyers.
  • Hoses. Before freezing temperatures arrive, you’ll want to make sure that you disconnect the water hoses and shut off the outdoor water flow. This will help prevent frozen and bursting pipes that can lead to major headaches.
  • Check Siding. Fall cleaning is a good time to check all aspects of the exterior including the siding of the home. The siding is the first point of contact with the outside elements. If small parts are beginning to show signs of fading, cracking, or other wear, you may want to look into a repair or partial siding replacement.

No matter where you live, we all experience the change in seasons. A good fall cleaning is a great idea whether you are trying to sell your home or happily staying put. When it’s time to buy or sell a home, get in touch with the home inspection experts at Inspect-It 1st. We pride ourselves on our thorough and honest property inspections for both buyers and sellers.



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Common Issues Found in a Property Inspection

Performing a Property InspectionThinking about skipping a property inspection? We encourage you to think again. No home is flawless; and although it may look like a dream home on the surface, there are often a handful of issues that you may not see. Here are a few common issues that may pop up during a property inspection.

  • Roofing. The average roof should last about 20 years, but that’s never a guarantee. Over time, storms, snow, and wind can put serious wear on the roof and shorten its life. During a property inspection, your inspector will give you an objective assessment to give you an idea of how much longer the roof will last. If it needs a replacement right away, we recommend that you work out a deal with the seller to either have it replaced or adjust the selling price accordingly. No matter what size the house is, the cost for a new roof is expensive.
  • Poor Outdoor Water Drainage. While your inspector is taking a look at the exterior, they will check over the gutters and downspouts. It’s an easy thing for buyers to overlook, but a crucial thing to keep in mind. Gutters play a huge role in keeping water out of your home. Damaged gutters can lead to leaks in the ceiling and puddles in the basement. Downspouts should guide water down and away from the home to help keep things dry.
  • Faulty Electricity. Perhaps one of the most important things that we check in your property inspection is the electricity in the home. Faulty wiring or panels can be incredibly dangerous and lead to a fire. This reason alone makes the inspection worth your while because there is far more to it than lights turning on and off. Your Inspect-It 1st inspector is knowledgeable of legal guidelines to help keep you safe.
  • Plumbing Issues. When you walk through a home, it’s a good idea to see if water runs to the sinks and toilets. However, during a property inspection, your inspector will locate leaks that might not be easily visible.
  • Cracked or Shifted Foundation. A shifting foundation is inevitable over time, but it should happen at a very slow rate. If the house you’re looking at is fairly new and already showing major shifts, that should draw a red flag. Repairing a home’s foundation is expensive and should be brought into serious consideration before committing to the purchase.

Just because a house has some issues, it doesn’t mean you should head for the door. However, learning about these issues up front can save you money and heartbreak down the road. A property inspection is a small investment that plays a big role in your hunt for a new home. With Inspect-It 1st, you will receive a thorough, objective property inspection with honesty and integrity. We assess the property from all angles and present you with an easy-to-understand report. You’re in good hands when you inspect with Inspect-It 1st. Contact us today to set up your property inspection!



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DIY Home Improvements Under $500

Couple performing DIY home improvementsWhen trying to sell your home, simple DIY home improvements can add value and appeal to potential buyers. You don’t need a massive remodeling budget to do this. In fact, many DIY home improvements can be done for under $500, or even $100! Let’s take a look at a few.

  • Paint. A fresh coat of paint can bring new life to any room with a typical cost under $50 per room, depending on the size. If you have dirty walls or crazy colors that may not appeal to a broad audience of buyers, this affordable DIY home improvement is a no-brainer! We suggest that you choose neutral colors that are gender-neutral and appealing to everyone.
  • Ditch dated wallpaper. Still have that 30-year-old duck wallpaper in your bathroom or bedrooms? It’s time to get rid of it once and for all. Old, dated wallpaper can be difficult for potential buyers to look past and will leave a bad impression. Pull it down and throw a fresh coat of paint on the walls for an updated look! This DIY home improvement is a must before you try to sell.
  • Spend an hour or two with a designer. Need inspiration for DIY home improvement and decorating ideas? A professional designer can give you tips and ideas to make your house shine when it comes time to sell. The price will differ depending on the designer, but a designer will typically come to your home for $100/hr. Make a list of questions before the visit to get the most out of your appointment.
  • Low-maintenance landscaping. Not all home improvements are inside the home. Maybe it’s time to think outside the box and take a look at your landscaping. Before potential buyers set foot into your home, they’ll have an initial impression based on the curb appeal. Do you have patchy grass or bushes that are dying? Patch up the grass with some seed, remove the bushes, and plant a few low-maintenance flowers and bushes to boost curb appeal!
  • Ditch Popcorn Ceilings. What’s wrong with popcorn ceilings? They’re dated and are unappealing to buyers looking for a modern look. For a cheap DIY home improvement, head down to the hardware store and pick up the product to soften the popcorn texture. Simply follow the instructions and scrape it away. Although this won’t greatly add value to the home, it will make the space more visually appealing.
  • Update fixtures and ceiling fans. Give your house a facelift with new light fixtures that are aesthetically pleasing. If you can only afford one room for this DIY home improvement, we recommend you choose the kitchen or another common area that is heavily used.
  • Update cabinets. Can’t afford to replace your kitchen cabinets? Try refreshing them with a few updates such as a fresh stain or coat of paint, and new handles for an affordable DIY home improvement.
  • Ditch clutter. Before a move is the ideal time to get rid of the clutter that you no longer need or want. Go through each room in your home and decide what items you are okay with parting ways. Set them aside and either hold a garage sale or donate the items! Next, try to look at your home as a potential buyer will see it. Box up anything that doesn’t play a role in the room including personal treasures, photos, etc. Rent a small storage garage to store these items while your house is on the market. Depersonalizing and decluttering the house will help potential buyers visualize their family in the home.

With a few small DIY home improvements, you can not only increase the appeal of your home, but you can also increase the selling price! Set aside some time before you list your home to determine which areas could use improvement. For a deeper look at your home, contact the inspection experts at Inspect-It 1st. We can help you prioritize your home improvements with a thorough inspection of your property. Contact us today!



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When To Skip the DIY Home Repair

Tools for home repair.When it comes to home repair, it can be difficult to decide between doing it yourself and hiring someone to get the job done. There are many cases when a DIY home repair makes sense, but when should you step back and leave it to the pros? Here are a few things to consider before taking on new projects around the house.

 

Questions to ask yourself before you decide to tackle a home repair yourself.

  • Do I understand the repair? First and foremost, it’s important to research the repair and gather all the information you can before you begin. Google and YouTube offer valuable information and can give you a good idea of what to expect. If you don’t feel 100% confident after learning more about the repair, we recommend not handling the repair on your own.
  • What’s my time worth? Saving money is always a great thing, but the time it takes for a DIY repair could outweigh the money that you save. Although it may be more costly, a quality repair technician will be able to complete the project in a fraction of the time.
  • What’s the worst case scenario? When assessing the home repair, take into account the worst case scenario if the repair were to go wrong. Is there a possibility for injury or damage to the home? These are things to keep in mind.

Projects to leave to a professional.

  • Electrical. Electrical projects can be dangerous and extensive. We recommend that you hire a licensed electrician for any home repairs involving electricity.
  • Plumbing. The occasional clogged toilet is bound to happen and can usually be fixed with a plunger. However, when you’ve got a basement full of water because of a burst pipe, that’s a different story. Don’t try to handle major plumbing repairs on your own. Even the smallest leak or a loose pipe can lead to thousands of dollars in damage.
  • Roofing. The unfortunate truth is that you will need a new roof at some point if you own a house long enough. If you are not skilled and knowledgeable, trying to repair or replace a roof by yourself can lead to a variety of problems. Your roof is one of the most important elements of your home, don’t cut corners with this home repair.

Before you take on a DIY home repair, it’s important to keep these suggestions in mind. Ultimately, if you are uncomfortable with a repair, we always recommend hiring a professional that can get the job done right. It’s important to get a home inspection before purchasing a new home so that you can understand all of the home repairs you will need to make. At Inspect-It 1st, we believe in providing thorough home inspection services with the utmost integrity. Contact us today to set up your home inspection!

 



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Getting More out of a House Inspection

Technician performing house inspection.A house inspection can be the best move you make when shopping for a home. You’ve patiently shopped around for weeks, or even months, and you’re looking to make an offer on a new house. This is a critical point in the process where some people forget, or even opt out of a house inspection because everything looks fine on the surface. But the truth is that even new construction homes should always receive a thorough house inspection. Here are a few tips to get the most out of your next house inspection.

  1. Give the home a thorough look for yourself. Once you’ve had a chance to walk through the home, it’s a good idea to take a step back and look past the bells and whistles. This should be done before you make an offer on the house. Turn on the lights, flush the toilets, look at the appliances, and even walk around the outside of the home and look for cracks in the foundation. If you notice several issues as you walk around the home, then that should raise a red flag. A little inspection on your own may be all that it takes to notice a few major issues and save you some money by walking away.
  2. Choose the right inspector. When it’s time for your house inspection, do some research to find the right inspector. Choose a licensed company that has an outstanding reputation for offering thorough, honest services to ensure that you are getting the best value. Although your friends or family members may be knowledgeable, we strongly encourage you to find a professional who can provide an honest, unbiased assessment of the property.
  3. Attend the house inspection. We’re not expecting you to take notes on every inspection detail; that’s what the inspection report is for. However, we do encourage you to attend the house inspection so that your inspector can answer any questions you may have.
  4. Make a list of repairs. An honest and complete house inspection will likely shine a light on a handful of needed repairs. Some repairs may be large while others may be small DIY projects. Regardless, make a list of all the repairs, along with estimated costs to help determine if you can afford them.
  5. Always make your offer contingent on a house inspection, and don’t be afraid to walk away if the issues are too complicated and costly. Too often, home buyers fall in love with a home and choose to go through with a purchase, even after their house inspection shows major issues with the property. Don’t be afraid to walk away if major issues, such as a cracked foundation, are brought to your attention during the inspection.
  6. Get creative with negotiations. Once you have your house inspection report, you have a chance to counter offer your original offer on the house. Take this opportunity to negotiate repairs that need to be done to the home. Often the seller will be willing to either make the repairs or lower the selling price of the home to balance out the cost of repairs.

A house inspection is arguably the most important step of the buying process. Once you find your next dream home, get in touch with your local Inspect-It 1st location. We will provide you with an honest and thorough house inspection so that you can better understand everything about the home before your purchase. Buying a house is a big step! You can trust Inspect-It 1st to help you take that step with the highest standard of professionalism in the business.



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Best Home Renovations for Value

homes-for-sale-326998_1280Not all home renovations yield the same results. When you’re considering a home renovation, no matter how big or small, it’s important to analyze the reasons why you are doing the remodel. Many people choose to customize areas of their home to fit their needs and desires. This is great while you’re living in the home, but it may not always be the best option for resale. Here are a few home renovations that will give you the best return on investment.

 

  • Kitchen. Perhaps you have heard the phrase, “you’re not selling a home, you’re selling the kitchen.” This is because the kitchen is often a make-or-break feature for many home buyers. If you have a substantial budget, opening up a kitchen with a complete renovation can make the space feel larger and more inviting. Even if you have a smaller budget, updating appliances, cabinets, and a fresh coat of paint can help you see a decent return on your investment.
  • Bathroom. An outdated bathroom can be an eyesore for potential buyers. Get rid of any dated hardware, faucets, and tile, and upgrade to something clean and neutral. Try not to get too gender specific with coloring, especially in a master bathroom.
  • Attic Bedroom. Some homes have the perfect layout for an attic bedroom. While these can be expensive, they can return a fair amount of your investment, especially in a smaller home with few bedrooms.
  • Basement. An unfinished space in the home, such as a basement, is often the best place to enhance your property with a home renovation. Adding an extra bedroom and bathroom to a basement can increase the value of your home significantly.
  • Flooring. While this may not seem important, an outdated space with old carpet can feel stodgy. Renewing the home, or even just a few rooms, with a flooring upgrade can make everything feel clean and fresh.

Things to keep in mind when choosing home renovations:

  • Styles change quite frequently. Don’t renovate your home in a style that will be outdated by the time you want to sell. On the other hand, if you’re looking to sell right away, choosing something that is currently trendy may actually attract more potential buyers.
  • Don’t overdo it. It’s easy to get carried away with home renovations. Going over the top with updates in an older neighborhood won’t yield as high of a return as you might expect. Updates are good, but it’s important to know when enough is enough.
  • Keep things in balance. An updated room is great, but it can quickly be forgotten if the rest of the house falls short. If you have a budget for home renovations, commit a small amount to updating the rest of the home with a fresh coat of paint. Pain can make a huge difference.

Home renovations can be an exciting project or a major headache. If you are uncomfortable handling a project, we highly recommend you hire a licensed contractor. Also, before you start any home renovations, it’s important to research any permits you may need to acquire. When it does come time to sell, the home inspection experts at Inspect-It 1st® will be happy to give you an honest and thorough inspection of your home.



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