Turn That Fixer-Upper Into Prime Real Estate

December 12, 2017

You have bought your dream house or, rather, you have bought what you hope will become your dream house. Right now, it needs a lot of work. If you are going to renovate your house, you may as well make it worth your while and create a piece of quality real estate, especially if there is a chance you will sell the house later on. While houses do lose value over time, renovating an older home can actually add value to it!


First things first: you want to make sure the house is fit to live in! This means updating walls, flooring, siding, windows, ceiling, and temperature control. You will want to make sure that your house is up to code, especially with the windows and other exits. It may be important to hire a contractor if you have to get a lot of work done. If you have a basement, make sure it is properly sealed off. Lots of basements in older houses flood easily. Remember, if you live in a snowy place, that melting snow will create a lot of groundwater that could seep into your basement.

Your floors are also essential, concerning structural integrity as well as aesthetics. Your floor and walls can set the tone for an entire room, so choose wisely. If you want to expand rooms or build new ones, this is the time to do it. This kind of heavy work may truly require contractors and professional help, especially if you want your house to increase in value.

Make It Luxurious

If you really want to take your house to the luxury level, you will want to invest in specific doors, furniture, and appliances. Lighting fixtures, faucets, and even doorknobs will upgrade your house. What separates out a high-end home from a regular house is the attention given to utility spaces, such as the kitchen or the bathrooms. If you have a kitchen that will get a lot of traffic, consider installing high-quality, designer equipment such as the products supplied by Dacor. To give the royal treatment to your throne room, you could invest in a shower with a heated floor, a toilet with a heated seat, or a jacuzzi tub. You will want appliances that not only look nice, but also incorporate the latest technology.

On the other hand, however, you may be all about going vintage, especially if you have a house that is on the National Register of Historic Places. See if you can find frames, furniture, and decorative items at local flea markets, which will make them truly unique. Even if they are a little worn down, you can refinish them and even repair them yourself. Even with homes that have to be maintained as a historic site, you should make sure that all the appliances and essentials like plumbing and electricity are fully operational. You might not be able to renovate an historic home, but you can and should restore and maintain it. Modern home or antique house, installing bookshelves will make your place more luxurious and expensive; show off that personal library.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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