As a homeowner, the fall season brings thoughts about getting through the winter comfortably and as cost-effectively as possible. And for sellers, a wallet-friendly home improvement that's both attractive to buyers and likely to bring a positive return on investment is worth considering. These 5 fall home improvements, all under $500, are great for homeowners and sellers alike.
Idea 1. Insulate the attic
The vast majority of homes today are under-insulated, leading to higher energy bills, colder interiors in the winter and hotter interiors in the summer.
Insulation often tops the list of things homebuyers like to see because it means they’ll have lower utility bills, while staying more comfortable year round.
Idea 2. Put in Storm Windows
Installing storm windows will save the homeowners 12 percent to 33 percent of their energy costs.
Installing any new windows can help recoup as much as 73 percent of the cost at time of resale.
Idea 3. Seal an Asphalt Driveway
Tiny cracks that appear in the driveway over time can lead to big holes and bigger expenses if left alone over the winter.
The driveway will look fresh, attractive and likely to increase curb appeal for the whole property.
Idea 4. Hydroseed the Lawn
Grass seeds grow and take root better in cooler weather, so sowing new seed at this time of year will create a richer, fuller lawn in the spring.
The landscaping is one of the first things a buyer sees, which makes it an important part of the home’s curb appeal.
Idea 5. Install an Electric Fireplace
Electric fireplaces are clean, energy efficient additions to any home that will add instant visual appeal and warmth.
According to realtor.com, adding any working fireplace, including electric and nicely kept mantel to a home can add as much as $12,000 to the home’s value.
To get more details on each of these ideas, including a project timeline estimate, cost, and additional tips, see the source article.