Adding Value To Your House During COVID

Best Home improvements to increase value

While the world’s on pause, you may be itching to finally complete some tasks around the home. Fortunately, we know just the thing. Adding value to your house is never a completed job—you must constantly update, clean, and renovate for when the time comes to sell your property. So what are ways you can add value to your home during covid? 

The value of your home projects and upgrades varies on the market and your current home value. But let’s start off with 5 simple projects to increase the value of your home with these easy home improvement projects.

DIY Home Improvement to add value to your home during covid

Upgrade Central Air or Ductless Heating and Cooling

An invisible value, but one nevertheless, a well-maintained central AC may increase the value of your home. This is especially true if homes within your neighborhood do not have central air. Getting a new HVAC can improve the value of your home because newer AC units may decrease energy bills by 20% from running at max efficiency, since it’s new.
A central air conditioner is a system that cools at a central location and disperses from room to room by duct work. This popular entity evenly cools every space of your home and improves indoor air quality with AC air filters that remove allergens and pollutants. 
If you do have a central air conditioner, re-configuring and replacing duct work, air handler or furnace can potentially add thousands of dollars in value to your home. This is an easy home improvement idea to increase value in your home.

New Air-Conditioning units are also quieter and more energy efficient, due to increased government regulations. On January 1st, 2020, the United States government banned the production and importation of R-22 refrigerant, so the cost to refill leaks is substantial. If your unit is loud, causing high energy bills, leaking refrigerant, or ineffective at cooling your home, you may want to consider upgrading your air-conditioning system.

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What is a Ductless Heating and Cooling System?

A ductless system, also known as the ductless mini-split system, is becoming another popular choice due to its efficient, simplified process. A ductless heat pump works in the same way as a central air conditioner and furnace. These devices draw in warm air from the home, absorbing the heat and moisture, and then dispose of it outside and the opposite in winter.

However, instead of using and maintaining duct work like central air, a ductless AC allows you to successfully cool your space through compact indoor units within individual rooms. The ductless solutions we provide at Air-Rite also have the ability to heat and cool portions of the garage based on your needs. 

Home Improvements To Add Value To Your Home Questions

Simple things like getting a new HVAC system like air conditioners and furnaces, upgrading paint, and cleaning are some good ones.

Simple! When replacing a HVAC system, look for ones that have a high energy efficiency rating, or SEER rating. Most customers buying homes look for this rating because it may lower the electric bill, improving the value of the home. 

Of course it does! Duct work systems have pipes in which the airflow goes through to give your house heat and cold. If these pipes are not in good shape, it won’t do you any good. You want to make sure your duct work isn’t older than 15 years. 

Hire Deep Cleaning Services

Over time, homes go through a lot of wear and tear that a typical cleaning day just can’t restore. You need to hire a deep cleaning service to increase the value of your home. An occasional deep cleaning service is an easy, sure way to maintain the quality of your home, and in some cases, enhance it. If you think you are up for the task, DIY for home improvement cleaning might be the best.

There are multiple ways to go about cleaning your property. For interior cleaning, use deep cleaning services that will focus extensively on each aspect of your home from the kitchen and bathroom, to bedrooms and living areas. 

For flooring, hire a certified carpet cleaner that specializes in deep carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning, air duct cleaning, pet order removal, and water damage restoration. For your exterior cleaning, consider power wash and soft wash services that’ll have your home looking brand new. Soft wash includes all types of cleaning services: patios, windows, driveways, roofs, sidings, and more. Deep cleaning your property, especially when preparing to sell, will keep your home charming, clean, and in pristine condition. 

Don’t forget to purify the air in your home! This is one of the easiest DIYs for home improvement to increase the value of your home. Air-Rite is able to provide air-purifying solutions such as the Oxy4, which you can learn more about in our HVAC Products page. 

Update Your Light Fixtures

You don’t have to renovate your entire space to give your home a breath of fresh air. Try this home improvement to add more value to your home: your lights!

There are many creative & DIY ways to increase value of your home by updating the lighting both inside and outside of your property. Pick out the latest lighting fixtures, designs, and outdoor lighting elements to seamlessly give your home a new and improved look.

Especially for the main living area, foyer or entryway, and dining room space, adding an eye-catching statement piece such as chandeliers, pendant lighting, lantern LED lighting or hanging Edison bulbs can make a world of a difference. Take it a step further by choosing among a wide array of LED edge-lit down lights, dimmable LEDs, vintage-style LED filament bulbs and more. This will add another layer of appeal and functionality by added value to your home.

As part of the free energy assessment provided by ComED, ComEd will replace the incandescent and halogen light bulbs throughout your home with ENERGY STAR® certified LED bulbs. Certain restrictions apply.

Paint Home’s Interior/Exterior

A fresh paint job can instantly improve the look and value of your home, and it’s probably the easiest home improvement ideas to increase value in the home. Most homes lose value due to the dings, nail holes, and chipped paint on the walls. Whether interior or exterior, these imperfections are small but add up over time. 

Hire a professional painter to revamp your indoor space, and get exterior painting services to boost your curb appeal. Bring out your fresh paint job even more with accent colors to the walls, nooks, and windows for that special pop. Consider using warm neutral colors including grey, beige, cream, charcoal blue, and etc, for a modern, clean finish. Remember: lighter colors can make your home appear bigger, and more open. 

Hire an Inspector 

Ultimately, the best way to determine the value of your home is by hiring a buyers’ inspector. A buyers’ inspection can give the insight you need to make the right home improvements to add value. This inspection typically consists of a thorough walk through of your property—windows, gutters, foundation, floors, roof, etc—and a detailed report of the issues in your home. From there, you make the decision on what upgrades you will pursue.

Buyers’ inspections typically cost a few hundred dollars but are totally worthwhile for those looking to sell their home. 

Keep Your Home in Quality Condition 

With over 60 years in the industry, Air-Rite Heating and Cooling can maintain the quality of your home with our expert heating and cooling services. For any heating and cooling repairs, installations, and maintenance, contact us today

We provide the finest in HVAC installation, maintenance, and repair across The Greater Chicago land area including Burr Ridge, Wheaton, Huntley, Aurora, Vernon Hills, Naperville, and more. 

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