8 Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value

Whether you're looking to sell your house or you'd just like to increase its value while staying put, there are improvements that you can make that will get the job done. From planting some shrubs and flowers to putting on a fresh coat of paint, when most people think of upgrades, they think of aesthetic concerns. These are not the only improvements that matter. You can also increase the value of your home by upgrading your plumbing and HVAC.


A New HVAC System

Like all mechanical systems, your HVAC will get old and eventually give out. Prospective homeowners don't want to be hit with a repair that's in the $5,000 range immediately after buying a house. If your HVAC system is more than a decade old, it's likely that it's less efficient than a newer model. It's also likely that it will bite the dust sooner, rather than later.

By deciding to replace your existing system, you can lower your heating and cooling bills in the present. You can also use the new system as a selling point. First, it will be more efficient and cut the utility bills a prospective buyer might expect to pay. Secondly, you can argue that any prospective buyers should have no worries over their system for several years.


Install a Programmable Thermostat

A programmable thermostat is a small expense, yet it can pay for itself many times over. By automatically adjusting the temperature of your home to account for the hours you're actually home, you can save quite a bit on your heating and cooling costs. By installing a new thermostat, you can point out the amount any prospective buyers could expect to save on their utility bills because of the upgrade to a programmable thermostat.


Heated Floors

Installing heated floors can be a great way to improve the value of your home. This will especially be the case for those who live in a cold climate, but it can even benefit homes in the desert that get cold during the winter. Heated floors are a great way to keep your home warm and toasty throughout the winter. Also, because heat tends to rise, it's likely that you'll have to run your furnace less if you install radiant heating. Usually, this form of heat will involve cycling water through plastic tubing that's embedded in your floors. The water will run through a water heater or a boiler. Tile or linoleum floors can be cold, but you'll be able to tell prospective buyers that the floors in your home stay warm and toasty throughout the winter.


Replace Components

It might not be necessary to replace your entire HVAC system, but there could be some components that you might want to replace. For example, many air conditioning compressors tend to be less efficient than newer models. By replacing your old compressor with a newer and more efficient model, you'll save money on your cooling bills. This can be very beneficial during the extreme heat of summer. Like the purchase of a complete HVAC system, you can tell prospective buyers that you've replaced an expensive component that was near the end of its useful life. This should increase the value of your home and make it more attractive to people who are looking to buy.


Remove Trees

While the home improvement recommendations to this point have dealt with heating and cooling, there are also improvements that you can make to your plumbing system that can increase its value to prospective buyers. One of the things you can do to help sell your home is strategic tree removal. You might wonder what this has to do with plumbing. Tree roots can be a major threat to sewer lines. They can grow into the lines and block them. A blocked sewer line can start backing up into your house. By making sure there are no roots growing into your sewer line, you can help avoid one of the worst possible problems that can come with owning a home. Prospective buyers will appreciate knowing the likelihood of a collapsed sewer is diminished.


Replace Your Sewer Line

Older sewer lines were frequently made of clay tile pipes. These lines can deteriorate over time, and they can collapse and lead to serious plumbing problems. If you live in an older community, you might have these clay sewer pipes. Replacing them will cost money, but it is likely that the cost will be lower than it will be if you have to replace the flooring in your house because of a major sewer backup. A newer sewer line might not lead to a major increase in the value of your home, but it could provide some peace of mind for prospective buyers who might be interested in buying your home.


Replace Pipes

Older homes tend to have galvanized pipes. The metal that makes up these pipes can be prone to corrosion. Some of the corrosion in the supply lines could wind up breaking off and lead to tap water contamination. Some older pipes were made of lead, and exposure to this metal can lead to serious health consequences. Regardless of the source, no one wants to drink contaminated water. Copper pipes or flexible plastic lines do not corrode, and it is less likely your drinking water will be contaminated.

Water supply lines are not the only pipes that can corrode. Additionally, drain lines can also corrode. As the pipes begin to deteriorate, they tend to close off. This will cause them to drain more slowly, and it can also lead to your drains backing up. PVC drains are less likely to have this problem. Installing new drain lines can help you point out a great benefit that might not be present in other homes in your neighborhood.


Install Green Plumbing

Cutting down on water consumption is a great way to save money while saving an important resource at the same time. One option for cutting down on water consumption is a dual-flush toilet. Most standard toilets use 1.6 gallons of water per flush. A dual-flush toilet can use 0.8 gallons for flushing liquid waste. If you need to get rid of solid waste, the toilet will double the amount of water used in the flush.

Not only can a toilet cut down on your water consumption, faucets can as well. New faucets and showerheads frequently save money by reducing the flow of water that runs through them. They will still provide enough water pressure to take a shower or wash your hands, but they will use much less water to do it. These systems also provide an added benefit because less water will run through your sewage system.


Western States Home Services can assist you with any of the HVAC and plumbing upgrades your home requires. Contact our team online or at (480) 630-3270 to schedule an appointment!