When the sun and the sand are within your reach, what more could you ask for? How about some solar power panels on the roof, impact windows, and a remodeled kitchen? When you live in South Florida, the question is not whether you should make home improvements, but where you should start making them.
At Moving Squad, we thought we could point you in the direction. After all, not all home improvements are created equal. Here are the top seven top improvements for your South Florida home that will get you the happiest returns on your investment.
Top Improvements for South Florida Homes
Ready to get moving, grooving, and improving? Read on to find out which home improvements have more to them than meets the eye.
Improving Energy Efficiency
It turns out energy efficiency trumps all when it comes to home improvements. With the number of energy-efficient homes on the rise, first-time buyers are favoring the upgraded homes over traditional homes because of their long-term savings potential. For the most bang for your buck, choose an upgraded HVAC, water heater, or window over solar panels. Industrious homeowners can expect to recoup 73% of the cost of installing new windows, in addition to enjoying lower energy bills while they’re still paying them.
Realtors say the first impression counts the most, and when you’re selling a house, the first impression happens when the potential buyer pulls up to the front of your home. Fortunately, creating curb appeal doesn’t have to break the bank. It can be achieved by power washing the exterior of the house or simply painting the front door. Gardening is also a worthwhile investment. Evidence shows that homeowners stand to get more than a 100% return on the cost spent on landscaping.
According to the Miami Herald, the kitchen renovation ranks first on the “joy score” (a.k.a: the level of pleasure it brings to homeowners). Why not spark joy in the hearts of your prospective buyers by installing appliances, upgrading countertops, and switching out cabinet hardware? While a major remodel will get you an 80% return on your investment, and a minor one will get you 87%, it may be the difference between getting a maximum offer and an average one. Eighty percent of buyers say kitchens are their favorite room in the house.
Experts say that, after kitchens, bathrooms are the number two selling point in the house (no pun intended). Re-grouting tile, refreshing the caulk around the tub and toilet areas, and even switching out the toilet can fetch you a 102% return on your investment. Mirror and fixture upgrades add to the aesthetics, and, according to Mike Higgins of Keller Williams, a tile shower could seal the deal when it comes to choosing between homes of similar price points.
One of the cheapest, and most effective home improvements, a paint job brightens rooms, hides imperfections, and makes space feel instantly more inviting. You can expect to get a 109% return on your investment from an interior paint job, but you can stand to get more if you choose your colors wisely. A few coats of Benjamin Moore Gray Owl paired with white trim is realtor recommended. It’s dark enough to contrast with the white borders but light enough to keep the room bright.
Covering up a shabby floor can get you a not so shabby return on your investment. New carpeting or flooring makes a significant difference to home buyers and can usually be installed inexpensively. If you want to go for the gold, though, hardwood can add 2.5% to the value of your home. But with popular woods running for about $5 to $10 per square foot plus the cost of installation, hardwood could be a costly endeavor.
Increase Your (Livable) Square Footage
Because the size of houses in America have increased by almost 100% since 1950, you can safely say that expanding the square footage of your home will not be done in vain. You can recoup 83% on a two-story addition, 81% on an additional bathroom, 74% on a living room addition, and 73% on adding an attic bedroom. These add-ons are especially worthwhile if you’re looking to keep up with the Joneses. If you’re the only two-bedroom on the block, it will be hard for you to sell if the other houses on the block are three bedrooms.
8. Install a Pool
A pool is one of the best ways to enjoy the gorgeous and sometimes too steamy weather in South Florida. Though it will probably run you anywhere from $50,000 to $80,000, its’ one of those investments that increases the equity in your home and translates to a much better home value. While permitting certainly takes a while and the installation may mean lots of noise for a few months. It is totally worth it to lounge around by the sparkling pool with a cold drink in hand and sunshine on your face. Unless you forget sunscreen there is no way to get burned when adding a pool to your south Florida home.
9.) Add a lanai or front porch.
Another way to improve on your south Florida home is to add a nice sitting area either in the back or front of your home where you can sit and relax in the balmy south Florida weather. Whether you want to screen in these areas or leave them open is up to you, but screening in an area is a bit more work for a bit more return. You don’t need a very big space to accomplish your mission either. Just enough to put a lounge chair or two plus a small table for setting down a drink and you are good to go.
Moving Squad: Improving Moving in South Florida
At Moving Squad, a move is a journey in every sense of the term. Sometimes, it’s a life-changing experience, and other times, it’s just a case of traveling from one place to another. But no matter how you define it, Moving Squad is committed to making it as easy and stress-free as possible.
Contact us today and let us know what your move entails. We’ll put together a customized package that fits your needs and your budget. From planning to packing to transport to storage, we know how to get the job done right with the high level of customer service we built our reputation on.
So, while you work on your improving your home, let us work on improving your move. Call us today for a free rate quote, and we’ll get you moving in the right direction.