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Home Improvement Tips to Increase Your Home's Value

A guide to getting the most bang for your renovation buck.

Your home is one of the biggest investments you may make in your life. Although you may not be thinking of selling it right now, you may want to in the future. Making home improvements can add value to your home, but it’s a good idea to know what kind of home improvements can yield a return on your investment. Here are ten different home improvements you can make to help increase the value of your home.

Projects that Help Add Value to your Home

  • Insulation: Not one of the more glamorous updates, but the remodeling report shows that adding fiberglass insulation in your attic has the highest return (nearly 117%) for midrange homes, costing $1,268 on average.
  • Garage door: The second-highest return according to the remodeling report is the replacing your garage door. Homeowners can expect over 90% return on investment on average.
  • Front door replacement: Our last home improvement tip is to update the front door. The practice of feng shui says that having a good front door that opens into a wide space can help invite wealth into your home. And the Cost vs Value report agrees – you can expect a 90% return on average for updating to a fiberglass door on an upscale home.
  • Hire an inspector: What you don’t know, can hurt your home’s value. That’s why it’s a good idea to hire an inspector to find out what’s in need of repair. They could catch a small problem before it turns into a big expense.
  • Give your kitchen cabinets a facelift: There are several things you can do to improve the look of your cabinets, from buying new handles, painting them, hiring a company to refinish your cabinets or replacing them completely.
  • Update your bathroom: This is one of the home improvements that can pay for itself in the end. Experts suggest not spending a fortune updating a one-bath home, but instead adding a second bathroom for increasing the home’s value. According to Remodeling magazine’s report, bathroom additions and remodels return the most to upscale homes.
  • Paint: Fresh paint in modern colors can add a nice touch to your home without breaking the bank.
  • Go green: Update your lightbulbs, appliances and windows to a more energy efficient model to save yourself some electricity costs while saving the planet. Win-win! Check Energy Star’s rebate finder to find any product rebate or special offers. Also, try buying appliances toward the end of the month, during a weekday or at a holiday sale to save even more.
  • Update or add a deck or patio: If you have an older deck, try updating it by using a special paint that fills in cracks and gives it a nice finish. Or if you don’t have a patio or deck, this can be a great way to increase your home’s value.
  • Curb appeal within reason: Realtors tend to agree that upgrading the look of your front yard can really help increase your chances of showing your home to prospective buyers. However, you don’t want to spend too much money on the perfect landscape because that money may not get recouped. Another component that can help add value is replacing the siding.

While planning what projects you’d like to take on, it’s a good idea to consider the long-term value that it may bring and the neighborhood that you live in and avoid upgrading too much so that your house becomes unaffordable for your location.

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Yes! If you haven't owned a home in 3 years or more, you may still qualify for this loan.

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How do I close a loan with Credit Union ONE?

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Where do I find information on my loan title?

Michigan is not a title holding state. Titles that are issued in the state of Michigan will be mailed to you once the Credit Union ONE lien is placed on it. If  a vehicle is titled out of state and that state is a title holding state, then the members title will be held at Credit Union ONE until the loan is paid in full.

I made my payment and I was charged a late fee. Why?

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How can I obtain a letter of guarantee?

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How can I change the due date of my loan payments?

The Member Contact Center Loan Servicing Agents can assist members with changing the due date on their loan that may better for their budget. Credit Union ONE does not refinance our own loans however we can look into lowering the interest rate on the loan if the member qualifies. If members are facing financial difficulties, we can assist with starting the Loan Modification process.