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Becoming a homeowner is a milestone achievement. On average, the age for first-time home buyers in the United States is around 34 years.

While many people may buy their first home in their 20’s, and some not until their 50’s, no matter your age, you want to get the most value for your home according to market value. In order to do this, you not only have to keep up with maintenance on your home, but you also have to improve your property as well.

The methods for upgrading your home that will bring you more value are only as limited as the imagination. However, you also have to have the skills to make your idea a reality.

Here, we’ll explore a few home improvement ideas that are sure to raise the value of your home immediately.

Plants and Landscaping

It should go without saying that the front of your home and the property surrounding it (your yard) is the first thing that anyone will see when visiting your home.

If the exterior of your home is unsightly, then you’ll have a hard time finding buyers or renters in the future, and it can lower the value of the homes around you. This gives you all the more reason to invest in a landscaping upgrade.

Ideas for landscaping are numerous, and a lot of this depends on the type of property you have, what elements are already in place, and the amount of money you’re willing to spend on landscaping materials, even if it’s just a few plants. And to be honest, you’d be surprised about the benefits of adding plants to your home.

The following lists few landscaping ideas to consider:

  • Planters
  • Paved Walkways
  • Perimeter Shrubs
  • Perimeter Florals
  • Firepits
  • Patios
  • Brickwork
  • Flower Beds or Gardens
  • Fencing
  • Entry Gates

Topography Restoration

All or part of the above elements can be interwoven into your landscaping architecture. And, many of these elements can be installed or constructed with little or no expert assistance.

It’s good to note that larger projects such as driveways or pathways are probably best saved for landscaping professionals.

Home Additions

Building an addition to your home can be an exciting prospect. Not only will this give you additional room for you to utilize, whether as a spare bedroom or a wreck room for your hobbies, it will also give your home additional square footage. Additional space instantly translates into a higher property value once you’ve added square footage to the home.

The only thing about home additions that you’ll have to consider is the fact that this is a construction process, and you’ll need to acquire permits and licensing in order to legally build onto your home.

Residential contractors are a great resource to use for this type of job, especially if you’re unfamiliar with construction. A residential contractor is a professionally skilled construction worker, and these professionals are required to obtain a residential contractor license in your state. For example, in Minnesota, you’re required to complete 14 hours of continuing education.

With a professional on the job, you’ll be able to rest at ease while being assured that your home addition is being built safely and that it adheres to your local ordinances.


Painting is a job that almost anyone can perform, but you’ll need to do a professional job in order for it to look good and last over time.

Exterior paint is the first thing someone will notice when visiting your home as a prospective buyer or renter. If your existing paint job is chipping, worn, or faded, it’s time to freshen things up.

Not only will this increase the value of your home, but it will also add an aesthetically pleasing element to the overall style of your home.

Don’t forget about interior paint as well. Your interior walls and trim need to be tightened up, too. The paint on these walls will get chipped and faded over time, especially if you’ve hung many pictures, and unsightly walls can lower the value of your home at inspection time.

  • No matter the nature of your home improvement idea, you want to ensure that it will add value to your home and be worth the time and money you spend fixing it up.
  • Remember, professional-looking jobs require a professional’s touch. So, don’t be afraid to call in the experts when you feel that you could use a hand.

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