A cost effective and often overlooked way to add more value to your home’s investment is by renovating your closet spaces. Many homes lack sufficient storage, especially those homes built in the 1980’s to the early 1990’s, lowering their overall value. It was a popular idea in these time frames for low end builders to install so called “walk-in” closets the size of postage stamps in order to be able to say the home had walk-in closets at the time of sale. Sadly, this sales ploy worked ending up with many home buyers purchasing homes that they thought would have abundant storage only to discover that once they put anything into these small closets they actually had much less space than if the home had traditional closets. If you are one of these homeowners, closet renovations may be the solution you have been looking for.
Ways to Renovate your Closet
The word renovate sends a cold chill down a lot of people’s spines due to all of the stories of mishaps, expense, and extended periods of destruction that are available at every turn. You don’t have to be afraid of renovating though. There are different ways to renovate your closets without tearing out walls and electrical or plumbing that might actually be a better option for your circumstances and here are a few.
Custom Racks and Closet Shelving – This type of renovation is more of a re-organization than a complete remodel. There are many types of closet shelving units on the market today that minimize the amount of tear down required to renovate your current closet space. These units are intentionally designed for the do-it-yourselfer who knows how to work a hammer, screwdriver, and measuring tape. They range in price and designs making them an easy and affordable way to turn your small walk-in closet into a usable space with tons of room to store your belongings.
Custom Pre-fab Storage Units – If your problem is more about your home’s lack of closets versus the lack of space in the closets you have, there are stores such as IKEA who offer a variety of pre-made closet units that you simply install wherever you are interested in adding a closet. These are great because they do not require a bunch of construction knowledge or demolition and typically slide right into place.
Build your Own Closets – For the more adventurous or skilled homeowner there is always the option of building your own closets using the frame it out, drywall, tape, and paint method. For this you will need to have an available area that makes sense to install your closet since this is a much more permanent solution and you don’t want it to look out of place or awkward. You may even want to hire a professional in order to have the finished look you are striving for. This option adds more value to your home when you are ready to sell, but dose require a lot more expertise, and work to complete the renovation.
One of the main things a conscientious home buyer looks for after a home’s layout, kitchen and bathroom size, and yard space is how much storage a home has. That’s why one of the best investments you can make to your home is to expand your home’s currently inadequate closet spaces whether by using organizers to better utilize your current space, or completing an entire closet overhaul.