When it comes to owning property, there is a lot that you need to know. The fact is that when you first purchased your home, you most probably had no idea about everything that would come with it, and something a large percentage of homeowners fail to realize is that when you purchase a property, it is wise to invest in it further. After all, most properties have the potential to grow in value, if the right investments are made that is!
However, far too many homeowners buy a property, make a few alterations, and that’s it. The issue with this is that if you don’t make a conscious effort to look after the largest investment that you have ever, or will ever make, then you are missing a trick. If you want to ensure that your home not only holds its value but also grows in value, so that you get a good return on your investment should you ever choose to sell, then you need to invest in the property.
Bearing that in mind, below is a guide to six investment ideas that every homeowner should save for, and eventually invest in.
1. Attic conversion
Regardless of whether your home is large enough for you and your family, an attic conversion is a great investment to make. The fact is that the larger you can make your home, the higher its value will be. If you have the space to increase the size of your property, and the funds to put into it, it makes sense to do so. After all, when (or if) you sell your home; naturally, you want to ensure that it goes for as high a price as possible so that you can make a great return on your investment.
Of course, the issue is that unless you make some adaptations to your home, then the chances of it selling for a significantly higher price than what you paid for it, are low. That’s why it is crucial that you take steps to invest in your home and improve the property however you can, such as by converting your unused attic space into a livable area. Regardless of the cost of conversion and the amount of time it would take to complete, it’s important to think about the amount of value it would add. This will depend on how much additional space it would provide- the more bedrooms and bathrooms it adds, the higher the value of your property will increase by.
2. Solar panel installation
Today, the world is a much more eco-friendly place. There is an increasing amount of pressure on leading ‘greener’ lives each year, which means that properties that are built to be sustainable and eco-friendly tend to be more popular and more valuable than properties that aren’t. While you can’t change how your home was built, what you can do is incorporate some environmentally friendly features into it.
There are lots of ways that you can choose to do this, but one of the best options is via solar power. The amount of energy produced by solar panels is amazing, regardless of whether your home is situated in a particularly sunny spot or not. Solar panels are an eco-friendly home adaptation that is not only sure to be successful regarding leading a ‘greener’ life but also in terms of adding more value to your home. While wind turbines and hydropower are also suitable options for providing your own clean, renewable energy, these are usually better suited to larger locations, such as farms and businesses, as they require more space to be successful. Whereas, all solar panels need is a sunny rooftop. The initial cost can be high; however, when you consider both the value added to your property and the fact that you will no longer have to pay for energy and also that you can sell any unused energy back to the grid, it is an investment that makes sense.
3. Home security
Unfortunately, the sad statistics show that home invasions and burglaries are increasing, which means that having a home which is safe and secure is more important than ever before. Homes that are prone to burglaries become well known in local areas, which can lead to them not selling well or for good prices when put on the market. After all, no one wants to live in a home that has a high risk of burglary, do they? Bearing that in mind, it’s clear why investing in a high-quality home security system is so vital.
In addition to investing in a wireless security alarm that connects to the police if the alarm sounds and can be monitored via your smartphone, it is also crucial to consider what other features to incorporate. Obviously, triple glazed windows are a must, and these are also more energy efficient than their alternatives so add additional value to your home, as are strong, secure locks, but what else does your home need to be secure? Security cameras are a vital tool – smart cameras are your best bet as these can be easily disguised as household objects and are much easier to monitor, thanks to the smartphone app that connects to them.
It goes without saying that your home is your pride and joy, and one of the most expensive investments that you will ever make, which is why protecting it with great insurance is so important. Unfortunately, if you fail to insure your home correctly, should disaster strike, such as a fire, flood, or even a home intrusion, your home would be unprotected, which would mean you would have to cover the entire repair cost yourself. Whereas, if the building and its contents are insured, this isn’t the case – any damage will be fixed at no extra cost to you.
When it comes to your home, insurance is a must-have investment. If you don’t take steps to protect your home, should the worst happen you could be left in a somewhat sticky situation. If the cost of the repairs that need doing are too high, then you could even lose your home as a result, which is what makes investing in the correct and right insurance cover even more of a necessity.
5. Energy efficient appliances
As mentioned above, the world is becoming increasingly environment focused, which means that any property that has energy efficient appliances (built-in ones) is going to have a raised value and be more sought after. When it comes to replacing your old appliances, be smart about the replacements that you choose. If an eco-friendly alternative is available, invest in that option. Try not to worry about the price, instead, think about the energy it will save you and the potential value it could add to your home when you choose to sell in the future.
When it comes to saving energy, it’s the little things that make all the difference. The properties that tend to sell for the higher prices due to being more energy efficient are the ones that incorporate all of the most useful features. These include things like triple glazed windows, effective installation, and showers and taps that have water saving features fitted to them. Today, when purchasing a home, many buyers look for somewhere that will offer a more sustainable way of living.
6. Basement waterproofing
Due to higher property prices, most buyers are looking for properties that have as much usable space as possible. That’s why, if your home comes with additional areas, such as a basement, it’s important to ensure that they are livable spaces. It’s these additional areas of living space that make all the difference to the price of a property. So, with that in mind, if you have a basement that is not a livable space but as the potential to be, it’s worthwhile investing in it. It could mean converting the area, or it could simply mean preparing it to be lived in, such as by waterproofing the space.
If you want to make sure that your property offers as much value as possible when sold in the future, it makes sense to invest in it now. The more living space your home can offer potential buyers, the higher the value it will have, and the better return on investment you will get from it. So if you can afford to convert any unused areas of your home into livable space, it’s most definitely a worthwhile investment to make.
There you have it, a guide to the six investments that every homeowner should save for. When it comes to your home, you naturally want to make sure that it sells for a price that is as high as possible, that’s why it is worthwhile investing in it now. You may not be planning on selling up for a while yet, but even so, it is important to be mindful of the future and prepare for it sooner rather than later.