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3 Inexpensive Ways to Increase Your House Value

Adding new and quality products to your house isn’t enough to boost its value. Even if you’ve spent hours reading product reviews on reputable sites like AuthorityAdviser, small household items aren’t going to make that much of an impact when the time comes to sell your house.

#1 Planning

Whether your house is old or new, the quickest way to boost its value is through making a plan. A well thought out upgrade will definitely be more valuable in the long run as opposed to upgrades made on an impulse.

Once you have the list written out, start categorizing it by how much it may cost you (money and time included). As much as possible stick to realistic goals.  Of course you could find budget products at AuthorityAdviser before you make any purchase on big ticket items.

After categorizing your list, start prioritising them and see which ones are attainable.  You can consult your realtor and ask what changes or upgrades you’ve listed can add more value to your home.

#2 Improve Your Kitchen

This has got to be the No. 1 improvement that has the most return.

One way to upgrade your kitchen is by changing out old hardware and repainting your cabinets. This gives your kitchen space a face-lift without spending too much money.

Consider replacing or adding a backsplash, painting or staining your hardwood kitchen floor, replacing the lights, installing concrete countertops, adding a modern kitchen sink and adding a hood.

#3 Upgrade Your Bathroom

Upgrading your bathroom is also a surefire way to increase your home’s value.

First, you have to make sure that everything is working. That means no damaged areas and no leaks. Electrical, structural and plumbing issues should be addressed first before moving on to cosmetic upgrades. Repairing these issues will significantly increase your home value.

Replacing outdated glass with clear glass is a quick and easy way to make your bathroom bigger. Installing a new low-flush toilet, replacing old faucets, updating the cabinets, applying fresh caulk, removing rust stains and cleaning the grout will unquestionably give your bathroom that new and improved feel you want without breaking the bank- these will cost you under $600 dollars.

Dealing with Homeowner Alliances and Landlords

Dealing with Homeowner Alliances and Landlords

The ability to rent a house instead of having to buy one outright is quite a gift! If everyone had to buy a house of their own in order to move out, most of us would still be living with our parents by the age of thirty. There is, of course, nothing wrong with living alongside your parents, but it is always nice to have a place of your own. Aside from the monthly payments, the only major difference between owning a house and renting is that you will have a landlord to whom you must report. The landlord is the person who looks after the house you are staying in. For the most part, landlords will be cooperative and honest; but sometimes there is the occasional landlord who makes your stay there quite difficult. While under different circumstances you might just ignore and avoid someone like that, you can’t exactly ignore the person who controls what happens to you while you rent their house. So what then are we to do?


Always be Respectful

No matter how a landlord treats you, it is never a good idea to fight back blindly. If you are having any problem with your landlord, do your best to solve in such a way that you do not treat them badly in any way, regardless of who is at fault. Problems never get solved through fighting; problems almost always get solved through calm communication and cooperation. If your landlord has asked something of you, such as keep the balcony and windows clean so the outside of the house will look pristine to any who may see it, then you should simply obey what they have asked and do it. You are living in their house, so you must play by their rules.

What if my Landlord is Breaking the Rules?

landlordIf this is the case, then there is only one solution; you need to follow the contract that you signed before moving in. If you have written proof on your contract that something your landlord has asked you to do goes against said contract, then you are within your rights to refuse what they have asked of you. For example, if the sink breaks while you are cleaning dishes and the landlord insists that you must pay for a repairman yourself; yet your contract states that any damages that occur while you are staying there will be paid for by the landlord, you can indeed show them this and insist that they hire the repairman for you. Again, in this situation you should still be respectful in the way you deal with your landlord. There is no need to get aggressive. If your landlord still refuses to follow the contract, you can file a case and have the issue brought before a Court. The landlord will either back down and follow the contract, or risk getting into major legal trouble. Either way, you get what you want without any hostility!