When it comes to increasing your home’s value, chances are you think of intense home renovation projects. But you don’t need to install solar panels or gut your entire kitchen to boost your sweat equity. In fact, you can improve your home’s value with just a few green home projects. Don’t believe us? Here are three ways you can improve your home’s value while doing some good for the planet on the way.
Replace your windows
Windows might be the last thing on your mind when it comes to green home projects or return on investment. But hear us out. The estimated return on investment for new windows is approximately 78.8%. What’s more, new windows are also more energy-efficient and well-insulated compared to older windows.
That means you don’t need to sell your house to take full advantage of this home project. You’ll be saving a decent amount of money every month on heating and cooling because you won’t have to worry about that warm or cool air being lost through the window glass.
Paint your cabinets and kitchen hardware
If your kitchen doesn’t bring you the joy it used to but it’s still in good shape, you can get a seriously good return on investment by giving it a fresh coat of paint. In fact, according to Zillow, minor kitchen remodels like updating your hardware or painting your cabinets have a return on investment as high as 81.1%.
Download a home renovation app such as Home Design 3D, Roomscan Pro, or Magicplan to try out different paint colors for your kitchen cabinets before you start buying samples. Just be sure the apps are compatible with your phone as some apps, like Fortnite and TikTok, have recently been banned from Google Play and Apple App stores.
Do a minor attic conversion
Attic conversions can have a return on investment of up to 77.2%. However, these projects can get a bit pricey depending on how finished you want your attic to be. Some places may value finished attic spaces more, like North Texas where home prices are an average of $273,000, but others will be all-too-happy with just some extra insulation to keep your heating and cooling costs under control.
It’s also good to keep in mind when you’re looking at more extreme projects like these that up to 75% of homes on the market sell below their asking price. Stick to simple renovations that can help make your home more energy-efficient while you’re still living there but will appeal to potential buyers when your home goes on the market.
While landscaping and good curb appeal can add up to 14% in resale value to your home, sometimes you want a home project that will really beef up your value. That said, the next time you’re ready to add some sweat equity to your home, try one of these projects to really boost your energy-efficiency, reduce waste, and make the most of your ROI.