Part of homeownership is upkeep and maintenance. You also have the opportunity to personalize your property with updates and renovations. If you’re planning to sell your house or if you will be living in it for many more years, take on a few projects that add value to your home.

New Siding Will Add Value to Your Home

Installing new siding is a significant upgrade but one that provides a good return on investment. Siding makes a house look modern and new. New siding boosts curb appeal and reassures a potential buyer that the exterior of the home is protected from the elements.


Painting is an inexpensive and easy project that you can do yourself or hire a professional to handle. Paint adds color to a room and makes it feel like new. Choose bold colors for the living room or dining room. You might choose to paint an accent wall for a quick and easy update to the room or paint the entire house for a major upgrade. If you’re planning to list the home for sale, choose neutral tones for the walls, doors, and trim.

Upgrade the Appliances

While new appliances may seem like a major investment upfront, newer appliances will save energy and reduce your power bill in the long-term. Your family will enjoy new appliances to assist with daily chores. A potential buyer will see new appliances as a valuable investment. They can purchase your home feeling confident that the appliances will function well for many years.

Build a Backyard Deck

Outdoor living spaces are a popular and desirable feature for any property. If you don’t already have a deck or patio, build one. This project is a relatively small investment and if you’re handy, the work can be done yourself. Creating a place to hang out outdoors will appeal to your family members and provide an area to enjoy nature and spend quality time together.

Add Value to Your Home With an Updated Entryway

The front door is one of the first things a visitor, or potential buyer, will notice. Make the front porch welcoming with comfortable furnishings, new light fixtures, and a doormat. Paint your front door a bold shade that complements the style and color of your home. Add plants to the entryway steps or on either side of the doorway.

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