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Value-Boosting Home Improvements That Call for a Pro by Derek Goodman

This is a contribution from Derek Goodman that I wanted to share. He reached out to us, and I thought the article was solid so I decided to repost here. -Nils

Value-Boosting Home Improvements That Call for a Pro

There’s nothing like a good DIY project for saving money, learning new skills, and helping you feel accomplished. But there are some kinds of home improvements that call for the expertise and experience of a professional. For example, if you want to make a structural change or have any electrical or plumbing work done, then those are definitely projects for a seasoned pro. Not only will it help ensure that everyone stays safe, but it will also help protect your home’s integrity.

When it comes to making home upgrades, you want to consider improvements that will increase your appraisal value. And you want to make sure that you track the progress by taking photos and keeping receipts. Brooklyn Butcher Blocks shares some major home improvement ideas that are sure to boost your home’s value! And consequently, these all should be handled by professionals!

Kitchen Overhaul  

No room in the home will have more impact on your home’s resale value than the kitchen. So, if you’re thinking about a renovation worth your while, look no further. If your kitchen needs a complete overhaul, you will need to bring in a professional. Sure, you can probably paint the walls or change out the cabinet handles by yourself, but when it comes to installing new flooring, replacing countertops, or doing other extensive work to your kitchen, your best bet is to hire an expert.

Countertops are a major selling point for home buyers. Not only can they transform the overall aesthetics of your kitchen, but they can also make it safer and more enjoyable to cook. Brooklyn Butcher Blocks and their sister site San Francisco Butcher Blocks both create the finest butcher block countertops anywhere and would make a great addition to any kitchen update!  You may want to consider a finish like Osmo.

Electrical Work

You may think replacing a light fixture or rewiring a switch is simple enough. But one wrong move, and you can be electrocuted. For any tasks involving electrical changes, seek a professional electrician. An electrician will know how to stop the live power and prevent problems like sparking outlets, popping breakers, and overloading. Not sure if you need an electrician? Consider a simple tool, like an Electrical Voltage Test Kit, to check and see.

Plumbing Repairs

Similar to electrical work, you don’t want to take on the risks that come with DIY plumbing. While replacing a faucet or unclogging a toilet is easy enough for a seasoned DIYer to handle, anything more extensive than that should be avoided. Do you need a new septic tank installed or your sewer pipes rerouted? Do you need a burst pipe or water heater fixed? Ask a reputable plumber to pay you a visit.

Roof Replacement

A new roof can add major value to your home and is a huge incentive for buyers. Over time, every roof experiences wear and tear. And since it’s essential to protecting your home from the elements, it’s critical that your roof is always in good condition. If you have a simple leak, you may be able to patch it temporarily until you can get a professional out to your house. But if your roof calls for extensive repairs or replacement, then having a new roof installed should be a top priority.

Just be sure to research different companies, talk to people you know, and read customer reviews when searching for a professional roofer. There are lots of scam artists out there that will overcharge for services and advise you to have unnecessary repairs performed.

There are now more resources available than ever to the avid DIYers among us. But there’s no getting around the fact that some projects should be done professionally. Otherwise, you risk the loss of money, injury, or worse. Remember the improvements above for boosting your home’s appraisal value, and be sure to call in a professional for each one!

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