How to Add Value to Your Home Economically

Super Cash For Houses is here to tell you that you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars renovating your kitchen or bathroom to add value to your home. There are dozens of ways to increase the value of your home for under $100! In this blog, let’s discuss the five best ways to add value to your home economically.

Do you watch HGTV? Simply watching home makeover shows can provide great inspiration for adding value to your property and making your house feel like a home. It doesn’t take a professional carpenter or an interior designer to make big changes. Check out the below tips from HGTV for some great decorating and remodeling ideas:

Tip 1: Paint, Paint, Paint

One of the simplest, most cost-effective improvements of all is paint! Freshly painted rooms look clean and updated — and that spells value. When selecting paint colors, keep in mind that neutrals appeal to the greatest number of people, therefore making your home more desirable. On average, a gallon of paint costs around $25, leaving you plenty of money to buy rollers, painter’s tape, drop cloths and brushes. So buy a few gallons and get busy!

Tip 2: Cut Energy Costs

The amount of money you spend each month on energy costs may seem like a fixed amount, but many local utility companies provide free energy audits of their customers’ homes. They can show you how to maximize the energy efficiency of your home. An energy-efficient home will save you money now, which can be applied to other updates, and is a more valuable and marketable asset in the long run.

Tip 3: Plant a Tree

If you aren’t planning to sell your house today, plan for the future with a landscaping improvement that will mature over time. Plant shade trees — not only will mature trees make your home more desirable but a fully grown, properly placed tree can cut your cooling costs by as much as 40 percent. Mature landscaping is also good for the environment, providing a necessary habitat for wildlife while adding valuable curb appeal to your home.

Tip 4: Small Bathroom Updates Equal a big Return

Bathroom updates are always a smart move. Even if you can’t afford a full remodel, small changes such as replacing dated wallpaper with a faux or textured finish and replacing old lighting will update the room without denting your wallet.

Tip 5: Low-Maintenance Landscaping

No question that shrubs and colorful plants will add curb appeal to any home, but when shopping at your local garden center, make sure that you “think green.” Purchase plants that are native to your region or plants that are drought-tolerant; these require less water and maintenance, which means more savings to you and more green in your wallet.

For more great tips and to read the full blog by HGTV, click here.

How to Find A Contractor

How to Find A Contractor
When selling your house or property to Super Cash For Houses, you don’t need to make any repairs! We will buy your house in any condition, as-is. However, if you choose to make repairs to your property the hardest part of a home renovation might learning how to find a contractor.

Often getting the best one for your home — the true pro who shows up and delivers quality work on time and on budget — depends on doing some serious screening before the job starts, says Mike Holmes, professional contractor and host of HGTV’s “Holmes on Homes.” Check out the below tips from bankrate.com and Mike Holmes.

Tip 1: Slow Down

You’re not ordering a cup of coffee to go, he says. This is a home alteration that you’re going to live with every day.

The best thing to do before you start interviewing contractors is educate yourself on the project, he advises. The more you know, the more able you’ll be to ask savvy questions and make smart decisions concerning the project. “Do you want to run (category)-five or (category)-six (cables)? How far do you think you need to go? Do you need to gut your kitchen?” he says.

You can also make a wish list: What are the things you’d like to do in conjunction with this project? One wise move is to call your local government and find out what kind of permits you’re likely to need, Holmes says.

Tip 2: Talk to Friends & Neighbors

Referrals are a primary source for finding a good contractor, says Paul DiMeo, designer and co-star of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” “You want to make sure that, whoever you’re using, that you have a personal referral,” he says. “That’s why it’s best to talk to a friend.”

Then follow up with your own due diligence, says Holmes. Good referrals alone are “not enough,” he says. “Just because a friend liked the contractor, doesn’t mean the job was done right. But that’s a good starting point.”

Another promising sign is when two sources recommend the same pro. When Norm Abram, the master carpenter of “This Old House,” needed someone to retrofit a home with air conditioning, he asked one of the show’s contractors for a recommendation.

Tip 3: Find a Good Match

Interviewing a professional contractor is like dating, Holmes says. You want to get to know the person. Ask about his or her experience, life history, specialties, and what work he or she really loves to do.

Also cover the nuts and bolts: Is the contractor licensed? Insured?

“You can’t ask them enough questions,” says Holmes. “And if they’re not pros, they’re quickly going to leave your house.”

At various points during the job, the work has to be inspected, and you want to be there for each of these milestones. Mention this before you hire. “Any contactor who says ‘I don’t want you there,’ you don’t want to deal with them,” Holmes says.

For more information on finding the right contractor and to read the full blog, click here.