Forward-thinking is our fifth secret to boosting the value of your house:
Selling your house can be a complicated and frustrating process. Are you going to get the price your home is worth? How do you make sure that your house’s resale value doesn’t drop after years of living there? One way you increase the resale value of your house is by updating features and adding certain elements that can contribute to the value and appeal of your home. It’s important to choose projects that will give you the highest return on your investment, especially if you’re thinking about selling your house. The hardest part is knowing which home improvements actually increase the resale value of your home and which ones are a waste of time or money. If you are planning on putting your house on the market you should start scheduling any renovations you intend to make. Learn our fifth secret to boost your home’s value below.
5: Build a Home for ‘the Ages’
By 2040, there are expected to be almost 80 million seniors accounting for 21 percent of the population. The existing housing stock isn’t equipped to safely accommodate that many older people—too many steep staircases, narrow walker-unfriendly doorways, and slippery step-in bathtubs and showers. Forward-thinking homeowners are making necessary improvements to their home now—and those changes will benefit people of all ages, not just seniors. According to a 2015 survey by HomeAdvisor, 56 percent of homeowners who hired a pro for aging-related projects were younger than 65, and 10 percent were younger than 50.
Walk-in shower. “People in the 50-plus age range don’t want to step over the tub to take a shower,” Pekel says. Curbless showers eliminate the threshold between the shower and surrounding bathroom, making them wheelchair accessible, not to mention sleek and streamlined.
Master on main. A floor plan in which the master bedroom is on the first floor reduces the need to climb stairs. “It’s probably the most desired feature among boomers,” says JP Endres, a real estate professional based in Westchester county, north of New York City. Creating a truly functional master-on-main suite usually involves a multiroom renovation, which can cost upward of $35,000.
Comfort-height toilets. These toilets are a few inches taller, which makes getting on and off easier. Most top flushers in our tests are comfort height, including the Glacier Bay N2428E two-piece toilet, which sells at Home Depot for $100.
Potential bump: 1 to 2 percent
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