7 Home Renovations that Will Increase the Value of Your Atlanta Home

Posted by Jim Walker on Oct 8, 2019 2:14:00 PM

If you’re looking to add value to your home, you need to make sure your investment plan is solid and your home remodeling company has the experience and craftsmanship to see your project through from beginning to end. 

#1 - Increase Curb Appeal

Have you ever visited a house that was neglected on the outside and surprisingly well finished on the inside? No one wants to be the owner of this house. Entering a home, either as a guest or an owner, should afford an experience of restfulness and peace, and that experience should start on the outside.

A home that can offer this experience will be well-trimmed on the outside so that its exterior and interior flow together in harmony. Along with landscaping, one of the best ways to ensure this kind of an entry is to restore, retrim, and repaint your home’s exterior, making the most of what is there. And then to enhance those features, install a welcoming deck, patio, or porch suited to your home’s style.

Here's a look at several exterior remodeling projects we've done recently in the Atlanta area. You can see that we work on a wide variety of home styles and sizes. You'll also notice how the exterior sets the tone for what's inside the home.

#2 - Inspect for Interior and Exterior Deterioration

Presenting a charming home with strong curb appeal is certainly an eye-catching technique, but once you catch the eye, you have to hold it. Long-term owners and prospective buyers alike want the comfort of knowing their roofing is stable, their wiring and HVAC systems are up to date, their flooring is level and stable, and their windows and doors aren’t drafty.

An inspection may lead you to a couple of choices regarding what to do with your home. Should you rehabilitate it or restore it? Renovation projects are not always pure restoration or rehabilitation. That can lead to some confusion about what to do. Simply put, rehabilitation means preserving certain historic features with a lot of character but taking liberties in modernizing the space, which often means rezoning rooms and adding contemporary features. Restoration, on the other hand, means bringing as many features of the home as possible back to the original design. Here’s a helpful article that explores the pros and cons of each approach.

#3 - Remodel Your Kitchen

Now that we’ve moved into the heart of the home, let’s talk about the benefits of remodeling your kitchen. According to one source, minor kitchen renovations can increase your home’s value by 83%. Major kitchen remodels are often even more profitable both in terms of finances and in terms of stylistic and functionality-related pay-off.

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If you need ideas about remodeling your kitchen, click here for some great images of what’s possible.  You’ll see a wide variety of styles. Before you begin a kitchen remodel, however, you’ll want to have an idea of the cost involved. Here’s a post that takes a look at typical costs for a variety of kitchen remodels in the Atlanta area.

#4 - Remodel Your Bathroom

Bathroom and kitchen remodels regularly walk hand-in-hand as the two renovations that offer the highest ROI. If you’re remodeling your bathroom to accommodate your own family’s needs or to modernize its style, you can rest assured that doing so will simultaneously increase your home’s overall value.

Next to the kitchen, the master bathroom is probably the room that prospective buyers look at most closely. Just because you live in an older or historic home doesn’t mean you have to forego comfort and style in your bathroom. Here’s a look at a variety of options you can explore for your bathroom remodel. As with a kitchen remodel, you’ll want to have at least a ballpark idea of what you can expect to spend on a bathroom remodel. Here’s a post that takes a look at typical costs for a variety of bathroom remodels in the Atlanta area.

#5 - Install Energy-Saving Devices

Remodeling your kitchen and bathroom provides the perfect opportunity to install energy-saving devices. All appliances and fixtures, be they stoves, refrigerators, ovens, showers, or toilets, can be upgraded to conserve energy and lower your utility bills, giving you long-term savings.

Don’t ignore your windows and doors when you focus on saving energy. Today’s windows and doors are manufactured to let in as much natural light as possible while keeping hot air out in the summer and cold air out in the winter. If you live in an older Atlanta home, installing new doors and windows can save you a considerable amount of money (and energy). The big plus is that you’ll also be a lot more comfortable inside your home.

Installing a smart thermostat is another option that adds value (and comfort) to your home. New thermostats can be programmed to adjust temperatures for when no one is home so that you’re not heating or cooling an empty house.  Some thermostats can learn your living patterns and adjust automatically.

Even your choice of toilets for your bathroom can make a big difference. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, toilets account for 30 percent of all water consumed in a house! Replacing toilets that pre-date 1980 with newer, high-efficiency toilets (1.28 gallons per flush) can save a family of four 27,000 gallons of water per year!

During these interior remodeling projects, you may also consider installing a water filtration system in your kitchen to reduce grocery bills for purified water or improve your health if you rely on tap water.

Why Go Green With Your Atlanta Remodeling Project? 

Not only do energy-saving devices save you money, but they can lower the impact you have on the environment. On top of that, the development of "green" technologies make for more comfortable living.  Of course, there’s more involved than just replacing old incandescent light bulbs with LEDs.

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That’s what’s behind EarthCraft, a voluntary green building program that serves as a blueprint for healthier, more comfortable homes, which reduce utility bills and protect the environment. EathCraft was established in 1999 by the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association and Southface. Copper Sky is a certified EarthCraft renovator.

How does that benefit you as a homeowner? The practices endorsed by this group results in lower utility costs, enhanced indoor air quality, increased comfort, reduced home maintenance requirements, a quieter interior, and it uses durable long-lasting materials. That means keeping building materials in your home (less need for replacement) and out of the landfills.

[Read More: A Guide to Green Building in Atlanta

#6 - Lay New Flooring

Finally, consider replacing worn flooring throughout your home. Replacing damaged carpet, rugs, tile, hardwood, and surrounding trim with new and more durable materials which work with the history and overall character of your home.  

Don’t ignore your windows and doors when you focus on saving energy. Today’s windows and doors are manufactured to let in as much natural light as possible while keeping hot air out in the summer and cold air out in the winter. If you live in an older Atlanta home, installing new doors and windows can save you a considerable amount of money (and energy). The big plus is that you’ll also be a lot more comfortable inside your home.

Installing a smart thermostat is another option that adds value (and comfort) to your home. New thermostats can be programmed to adjust temperatures for when no one is home so that you’re not heating or cooling an empty house.  Some thermostats can learn your living patterns and adjust automatically.

Even your choice of toilets for your bathroom can make a big difference. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, toilets account for 30 percent of all water consumed in a house! Replacing toilets that pre-date 1980 with newer, high-efficiency toilets (1.28 gallons per flush) can save a family of four 27,000 gallons of water per year!

#7 – Hire a Trusted Remodeling Company

Finally, make sure you select a highly-regarded and well-trusted home remodeling company in Atlanta to complete all your exterior and interior remodeling projects. The difference between selecting a mediocre company and a high-end company can be the difference between a deflated dream and a fully realized return on your monetary and personal investments.

So, what should you look for when choosing a remodeling company?

One thing you'll want to do before making a decision is to talk to prospective remodelers. Most remodelers can show you fantastic photos of the work they’ve done. But there is more to the selection process than that. It may sound subjective, but you’ll want to choose a remodeler you trust. The only way you can develop that trust is to sit down face-to-face and talk. What should you talk about? Here’s a very helpful article called 6 Questions to Ask a Home Remodeling Company Before You Sign on the Dotted Line that will give you a good start in evaluating different remodelers.

One additional thing you'll want to ask about is the company's process. What's the plan for accomplishing your goals? What will be your part in that? As they describe that, make sure you're comfortable with the amount of input you'll have upfront. You'll also want to get references from anyone you're considering. Don't just file those away. Call one or two past customers. And don't just ask them if they're satisfied with the work that was done. Ask them to tell you what it was like working with the company.

Your money is hard at work. You’ll want your remodeling company to work just as hard.

Increased Value Goes Beyond Price

It’s always smart to keep resale in mind when you’re upgrading your home. But keep in mind that getting more money for your home when you sell isn’t the only reason you remodel. In fact, it’s probably not the main reason you make changes to your home in the first place. When you remodel, you aren’t doing that for someone else. You’re doing it for yourself and your family. What makes your Atlanta home valuable to you is the amount of comfort and convenience it affords you. Any improvements or upgrades you make should allow you to enjoy your home more.

Think about making changes that fit your lifestyle—how you entertain and how you like to relax. When it comes to style and décor, make choices that make your family comfortable—rather than chasing the newest trend or fad. You may not be able to put a dollar figure on what that’s worth, but you’ll feel the value.

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Topics: Home Remodeling, Bathroom Remodeling, Remodeling Investment, Kitchen Remodeling, Home Additions, Historic Home Remodeling