Whether you are looking to sell your home or not, It’s always a good idea to look for ways to add value to your home. In the process you will create a home that is more functional and appealing.

It’s not always easy to undergo major home renovations/updates. They can require large amounts of time, effort, and money. With so many ways you could add value to your home, it can be overwhelming. Here are 7 home updates that will add tremendous value to your home. This list is not in any specific order, but it should help you pick a starting point and prioritize your home updates.

#1. Fix the lawn

The outside of your home is the first impression anyone will have of your home. Make sure your lawn is green and well-manicured, including the gardens and flower beds. People’s opinions of the interior will be affected by the exterior. Having a nice lawn will not only give your kids a place to play, but it will also add as much as 11% to the value of your home.

#2. Replace old windows

If you have old, leaky windows, replacing them will not only help your home look better, but it will also lower your utility bills if you choose Energy Star-compliant windows. You could also consider installing impact-resistant windows that won’t shatter if broken. That can save a lot of trouble, and increase your home’s overall value.

#3. Add a tub window

If it doesn’t already, consider adding a window above the tub of your master bathroom. Acrylic-block windows are semi-transparent, providing you the privacy you need, but also the natural lighting that transforms the feel of the room. A new bathroom window can become the focal point of the master bathroom.

#4. Give your ceilings a makeover

Your ceiling should be treated as the fifth wall of the room. That said, you don’t want to have a boring ceiling. Updates to the ceiling such as plywood additions, paint, or decorative finishes can make an ordinary room feel more elegant. There are tons of different options, so do your research and find something that fits your budget and home style.

#5. Finish the basement

This is an obvious one. If your basement is unfinished, this is probably the most important thing you could do. Also, if it is finished, but the space is not being used effectively, do some refurbishing. There is a lot of space in the basement that shouldn’t be let go to waste! You could use your basement space for entertaining, guest bedrooms, or an exercise room.

#6. Paint

Painting is fairly easy and inexpensive. Don’t be afraid to mess up because you can always paint over it. A new color of paint goes a long way to change the look and feel of your home. If you’re worried about painting, hire a professional who can help you choose the right color and apply it perfectly.

#7. Add a deck

A deck adds a new outdoor room to your home where you can relax, entertain, and enjoy some fresh air. If your home doesn’t have a deck, you should seriously consider adding one – on average they have an 80% ROI. For deck construction needs here in Maryland and Virginia, be sure to call the experts at DeckMaster. For over 20 years they have built beautiful decks that have added tremendous value to thousands of homes. Call or click today for a free price estimate.