Top Fall Home Improvement Projects

As the seasons come and go, it should not only be fun activities that we should be thinking of and be busy with but also tasks to maintain, if not improve, the comfort and functionality in our New York homes. The warm and sunny days will soon be over and putting off important fall home improvement projects until the months get chilly can prove to be costly and so inconvenient. So if you do not want to go through all the headaches, it’s time to plan your fall home improvement projects whether you are in Long Island, Queens, Manhattan, Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Homes, indeed, are one of the greatest investments anybody can have in a lifetime and allotting time and money to take care of it will provide safety, security, and comfort as well as a boost in property value and enhanced quality of everyday living. To make them last throughout the harsh winter chill and beyond many years to come, here are the top fall home improvement projects to undertake:

1. Property and Home Inspection

The best start to your line of fall home improvement projects this year is a thorough evaluation done by a qualified professional. Though this can initially cost you some, this step will prove to be worth more than your money’s value. By discovering damages early on, you will save yourself from grave surprises instead of them finding their way to you and your house from silently deteriorating.

2. Roofing

Being among the areas most exposed to damaging elements, natural and not, your roofing should be the first area to look into when considering fall home improvements. Especially with the snow on the way, patching whatever roofing problems would be crucial. Things to look for include:

· missing or damaged shingles,

· slits between flashes where the siding and roof joins with flues and vents,

· damp and moldy spots,

· and broken mortar surrounding the chimney especially at caps joints, and washes.

3. Clean and Tune Up

Simply cleaning your surroundings and tuning up important systems can take your efforts for fall home improvements a long, long way. The seemingly harmless accumulation of dead leaves and branches on your gutters can easily bleed you financially. If your gutters got clogged and standing water freezes, this could not only impair the existing gutter system but could also affect efficiency and condition of basement, foundation, walls, crawl spaces and even landscaping. Consider the installation of gutter guards that prevents debris from getting into your gutter system. Also make sure that your drain and gutter system efficiently draws water away from your house.

Other fall home improvements that fall under this category include:

  • Sweeping chimneys
  • Mowing and removing leaves and dead branches on your lawn to avoid snowmolds
  • Checking and maintaining furnace
  • Winterizing lawn by nitrogen fertilizing
  • Avoid freezing by adding insulation to pipes
  • Checking thermostats and considering a programmable one to replace your old thermostat
  • Making sure that no pests can sneak into your home, or worse, have already made a home of house.

The Top 10 Home Improvements That Could Devalue Your Home

Sometimes, making an improvement to your home could actually hurt you when you try to sell it. Here are the top 10 home improvements that can make your home harder to sell:

1. Kitchen Renovation. Any renovation of a kitchen that is too taste-specific or extreme in design. For example, a kitchen equipped with a restaurant-level stove or multiple refrigerators may not appeal to the buyer who is a simple cook. You want to appeal to the broadest range of buyers when selling a home, and if a buyer thinks they need to spend money re-doing what you’ve done, they will offer less.

2. Bathroom Renovations. The same can be said for bathroom renovations. Any design that is over the top could detract from the value of the home. It is best to avoid garish sinks, faucets, and tiles. And skip the heart-shaped bathtub!

3. Painting. Painting the walls is a great way to freshen up a space prior to putting your home on the market, but painting with bold colors such as red, orange, purple or even black (I’ve seen this) is a sure way to turn off a potential buyer. Buyers want to feel like they can move right in and not have to re-paint the walls to match their own tastes and their existing furniture. The same goes for painting the exterior of the home – no bright blues, yellows or greens please!

4. Water Features. Having an in-ground pool, hot tub, waterfall or pond can also devalue a home, as buyers may perceive these as extra maintenance expenses they don’t want to incur. Also, buyers with small children may be fearful of these as well. The only exception of an in-ground pool definitely adding value is if the home is an investment property in a resort area where renters find homes with a pool to be more desirable.

5. “Wasted” Square Footage. Taking valuable square footage in a house and using it for a specific, personalized purpose can make the house harder to sell and/or detract from its value, for example, turning a garage into a gym. Also, on the Bravo TV show, Nine By Design, the hosts of the show were trying to sell their NYC townhouse. The ground floor was taken up by a basketball/squash court because the owners liked to play these games. However, most buyers would see this as wasted space and an expensive project ahead to change.

6. Redecorating. Redecorating in a highly taste-specific style, such as Asian, country clutter or extreme modern can turn-off potential buyers. When selling your home, you want to appeal to the broadest range of buyers, so it’s important that the furniture and decor is neutral and broadly appealing.

7. Illegal home improvements. Decks, driveways, expansions, etc. not approved by the local town authorities can devalue the home as you will probably be forced to correct the situation prior to selling which could result in something as extreme as actually removing it.

8. Laminated Wood Flooring. Installing laminated wood flooring instead of solid wood in an upscale home can also cause a buyer to think “I’ve got to rip this out”! Better to refinish existing hardwood floors, if any, or cover floors with new but inexpensive wall-to-wall carpeting.

9. DIY (Do It Yourself) Home Repairs. While needed repairs and maintenance should be done to a home before putting it on the market, doing these yourself could end up costing you money in the end as buyers perceive your shoddy workmanship as something they have to spend money correcting, and therefore offering you a lower price.

10. Gardens and Landscaping. A high-maintenance garden and landscaping could also lower the value of a home. If buyers are not avid gardeners or don’t want to spend money watering or on hiring someone to constantly weed, trim and rotate your plantings, this could be a real turn-off.

So, before you decide to make that improvement to your home, stop and ask yourself: “Will most buyers find this desirable so that they would be willing to pay for it, or is it just to satisfy my own needs and tastes?”.

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Planning and Evaluating Beforehand Leads to Good Home Improvement Options

You can spruce up your living space with home improvement options as it is an investment that will help you to make money in the long run. Most people believe that investing in your home is an excellent way to add value to your home. Quality home improvement end up costing more and you end up spending over your limit but there are sure ways through which you can maximize the value of your home and also minimize the cost of home improvement options.

The best season for making home improvement changes is during the summer and spring season and the main concepts behind the best home improvement options are:

• Concept
• Planning
• Implementation
• Evaluation

Before staring of on your home improvement options you need to refer to the concept behind it so that you can bring about positive home improvements by changing the exterior and interior of your home.

Follow these tips and you can start of home improvement at minimal cost:

Try to give your home a complete new look by making changes in its interior. And this can be done by painting your walls and room with a fresh coat of paint. Adding a new carpet or an extra furnishing will also help to enhance the elegance of the room. But if you are over the limit on your budget then you can start cleaning and scrubbing and making your home spotlessly clean.

Pay attention to the exterior of your house and you can start to paint y the home exterior as this will be the most inexpensive way to make your home attractive. Whacking out the weed from your lawn and installing a new bird house will also help to beautify your home. You exterior home lights, mail box and your main entranced should be maintained and be inviting and attractive enough. For additional aesthetic appeal you can plant a garden and increase the outer beauty of your homes so that it will turn out a good investment in the long run.

The summers and spring season gives you the chance to avail discount deals on the materials you need to purchase and so people prefer opting for home improvement during these seasons.

Refurbishing your bathrooms by installing and repaving it with the latest styled showers and trendy tile patterns will also increase your home value and will be very appealing to prospective buyers. All your home improvement changes even the smaller ones will help to increase your adamant asking price.

A well maintained kitchen and plumbing system will increase the life of your trendy home as it will be protected from all sorts of leakages that may cause damage to your house. People get impressed with a well maintained kitchen that is properly installed and is spotlessly clean and tidy. You can even install new kitchen cabinets and you replace the counter tops with stones that look like laminated counter tops and are much cheaper than the granite or quartz ones.

Plus installing a new laminated or linoleum flooring will also give your home a new appeal and make it look elegant and sophisticated.

So these practical home improvement options will help to get you good investments when you are ready to sell you home and move in a better one.