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Easy Ways to Add Space, Boost Your Home Value

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: Repair your home's value
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Cramped for space? Thinking about adding on? It’s not as difficult as you might think. All it takes is a little home improvement finesse and an eye for what can turn buyers’ heads. The beauty is–you don’t need to do a full blown addition to boost your home value. Here’s the scoop.

Remodeling the Attic

According to Realtor.org, two projects to consider are remodeling the attic to create bedroom space or adding a deck. Each of these home improvement projects could put your house over the top compared with similarly sized homes in the neighborhood.

The attic is ideal because you won’t have the time and expense of a room addition. You can save on the labor costs, but can still market it as a private in-law or teenager’s suite. A great home value booster!

Before plunging ahead, think about logistical issues, such as the ceiling height and how you can access the space. To make it work, you need a good staircase and room to carve out usable bedroom space, says Better Homes and Gardens.

Decks and Home Improvement

Next comes the outdoor element. A wooden deck adds an instant entertainment area and can improve the traffic flow to the backyard. For the biggest home value boost, look for a spot right off the kitchen or family room. Just make sure the deck is big enough for a table and some chairs.

Depending on your layout, you might need to change a window to a sliding glass door. As this article notes, it’s an affordable part of any deck addition and can make a huge difference in how the overall space flows.

Increasing your home value doesn’t have to mean months of construction. Either of these two remodeling projects can get the job done in a few short weeks.

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