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5 Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value

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Our homes are our sanctuaries. Not only do we have shelter and a comfortable place to live, but we raise our families in them, relax, sleep, and spend quality time with those we love in our homes. We want our homes to be in the best possible shape they can be, whether we plan to live in them long-term or short-term.

If you are considering selling your home in the near or somewhat distant future, you may want to start making some upgrades to get it ready to list on the market. Homes that are updated and refreshed are more likely to catch the eyes of potential homebuyers versus outdated homes. 

Need some help deciding what you should upgrade or refresh before you list your home? Continue reading as we discuss 5 ways to increase your home’s value so you can get capital gain when you sell the home.


1. Paint

Have you ever been in a home where the paint was drab? Maybe it was a dull color or the finish was flat and made the room feel somber? Some builders opt for less expensive, flat, duller paint colors to save when building their properties. While some don’t mind the original paint, most homebuyers are drawn to bright, neutral colors because it’s easier to see the home as a blank canvas for their family versus seeing it as your own space. DIY the interior paint job of your home to save quite a bit of cash, keeping your investment fairly inexpensive versus hiring a professional.


2. Replace Fixtures

Sometimes older homes have gorgeous lighting fixtures while others have some that are just plain out of date, drab, and a bit of a fire hazard if they haven’t been well maintained. Preserve the light fixtures that are in good shape and replace ones that aren’t or the ones that you simply don’t like. There are many light fixture styles to choose from that can complement an older home’s beauty. If you’re wanting to maintain its vintage feel, opt for some vintage-style or industrial-style fixtures. Bonus? Choose energy-efficient fixtures to maximize energy savings.


3. Refresh the Landscaping

Great landscaping attracts potential buyers – it’s the first thing they see before they even see the inside of a home. Homebuyers are more likely to be interested in a home that has clean, well-kept landscaping versus a home that has overgrown landscaping with dying plants and weeds. Because a home’s landscaping is like the cover of a book, make it as beautiful as you can. Improving your landscaping can be a fun project if you do your research and get help from some friends or loved ones.


4. Update the Bathrooms & Kitchen

According to Nolo, putting money into updating bathrooms and kitchens can result in the biggest financial gains when selling a home. Homebuyers often ask for updated kitchens or bathrooms when meeting with their realtor. Updates don’t have to be extensive; replace old wallpaper, install new lighting fixtures, replace the sinks, appliances, or flooring. You’ll be amazed at how refreshed your home will feel from a few updates to these high-trafficked rooms.


5. Replace the Gutters

If you want to add value and protection to your home then consider replacing the gutter system, especially if it’s original to the home. Most older homes have half-round gutter systems installed – while they do a decent job at protecting a home from drainage issues, there are many cons of half-round gutter systems.

The biggest downfall to having a half-round gutter system installed is that they’re prone to clogs. Clogged gutters can be disastrous, leading to all sorts of damage from roof damage to structural damage and everything in between. Leaves, twigs, and other debris make their way into an open-top gutter system, creating a clog and blockage over time. Waterflow is impeded, thus, it’s forced to spill over the sides of the gutter, never even making it into the downspouts.

Older gutter systems have a much smaller capacity than full systems like the K-Guard System. Half-round gutter systems can’t handle nearly as much water as the K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System, forcing excess water to pour over the sides of the gutters, creating a waterlogged mess near a home’s foundation. Gutters that can’t handle heavy rainfall, snowfall, and meltwater can damage a home’s soffit and fascia boards, ultimately causing foundation damage, leaking basements, and landscaping damage among other things.

If you’re considering replacing the gutter system on your home, don’t settle for just any gutter installation company in Kansas City. Instead, choose the K-Guard Leaf Free Gutter System – a complete system that eliminates the need for you to clean your gutters and protects your home from drainage issues. Our gutter product has oversized gutters and downspouts that can handle a minimum of 22 inches of rain per hour, much more than traditional older gutter systems. The K-Guard System is mounted above the floodplain during installation, eliminating the possibility for the gutters to separate from the home’s soffit and fascia boards, something most gutter systems are at risk for.


While some of these upgrades may seem small when compared to major renovations, they’re an effective way to attract homebuyers while keeping more money in your wallet all while potentially getting capital gain on the sale of your home. 

If you’re considering upgrading your home’s current gutter system, contact our team today or call (913) 380-1616 to schedule your free estimate. We’ll examine your current gutter system and will offer an assessment as well as our recommendations for installing the K-Guard System in your home. We offer our gutter installation service to homeowners across both Missouri and Kansas including, but not limited to, the following locations:


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