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Sometimes with a little effort and low-scale investment, you can significantly increase the value of your home.Whether you are planning to sell your home or simply renovate it, there are certain areas that we need to address first.
# 1.- Electrical installation. Houses built before the 1970s were not designed to handle the electrical power used these days.
With more and more electronic devices and devices demanding electrical service, it is worth paying special attention to check if your electrical installation can handle a minimum of 100 and up to about 200 amps, is the standard in most new homes in the United States in the present.
Also check all wiring,
# 2.- Plumbing. Old houses usually have both copper and galvanized pipes. A galvanized pipe is made of steel with zinc protection, which is intended to prolong the life of the material.
Galvanized pipes can last 50 years on average, but if you live in an area with a high proportion of minerals in the water supply, the pipes can corrode more easily. Have your piping well reviewed and consider replacing some pipes if there are signs of corrosion spreading by them.
# 3 .- Carpets. If you live in an old house you may well have wooden floors underneath the binder that are in good condition. Wooden floors are preferred by many buyers, so invest money in improving them and give it a finish, because it will surely impress shoppers, much more than with old carpets.
# 4 .- Kitchen. If your kitchen looks a bit out of season, There are a few things that can make a big impact by updating the look of it without necessarily having to turn it around. Replace kitchen furniture with stainless steel or nickel-plated furniture.
If kitchen cabinets are made of wood, try cleaning and painting them before replacing them with new ones. In an old house, any color and color scheme on the countertops and walls can completely update their appearance and make a buyer worry less about when the house was built.
# 5.- Walls. Taking into account that wallpapers came back in fashion, those applied in the 1980s are easy to identify with the naked eye. You can buy wall papers with ease but applying them to them takes more work than removing the old one and repainting them.
Be sure to clean the door hardware, light switches and equipment. Replace any light covers that are broken or look cheap.
# 6.- Update the equipment. Unfortunately homes built in the 90s may need to add equipment or update their appliances (refrigerators, kitchens, washing machines, dryers). Many air conditioners, water heaters and stoves have a shelf life of 10 to 15 years.
Take into account that it may weigh as an undesirable expense to make, but the new household appliances today save energy and that will result in greater control of future spending when you have to pay bills.