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The real estate market in the Mile High City is super hot right now, with homes going for much higher prices than ever before. Because of this, people are spending far more money on home improvements to ensure their home can stand out from all the other property on the market today. Whether you’re looking to add some value to your home, or you simply want to make your house a little bit closer to your dream home, there are a few improvements that are always popular in Denver.

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Kitchen Remodeling

Any good realtor will tell you that a great kitchen is one of the biggest selling points of any home. It’s always one of the hottest home improvements in any market, but in a competitive market like Denver, it’s the best way to ensure you house stands out from the pack. Even if you aren’t planning on a move anytime soon, a current upgrade to your kitchen can still drastically raise your property value and, of course, you’ll enjoy using it. Even just small improvements over time can add up to a lot.

Basement Finishing

There are a lot of homes throughout the Denver area with full basements, and those that are unfinished lose out on a lot of valuable living space. As the population continues to grow every year, you can add on extra space for yourself, or to rent out for additional income. Once you’ve got the basement finished, you could potentially put that space to work for you. It’s also a great way to add more living area without a major addition to your home, especially when real estate is so much harder to come by these days.

Roof Improvements

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In a city like Denver, it’s super important to have a great roof. With the high altitude in Denver, strong winter storms, chinook winds and thunderstorms, roofing problems can be a common hassle. Even small damage to a roof can lead up to thousands of dollars in damage if left unfixed. A new roof isn’t cheap, but a few thousand dollars on a new roof is far less expensive then tens of thousands of dollars in damage to your home and property.

Vinyl Siding

Just as important as a strong roof, vinyl siding can protect your home from Denver’s 300-plus days of sunshine ever year. That’s why it’s so crucial to have strong, durable and maintenance-free siding for your home. It’s another big expense, but vinyl siding will be far easier to maintain and will last a lot longer than some of the other options on the market today. Plus, you’ll end up protecting your home from Denver’s unpredictable climate.

Adding a Deck

Of course, Coloradoans love to be outside, and those who are lucky enough to have a large backyard will also want to have a great deck for their home. Denver is home to some of the best views in the country, and it’s blessed with more than 300 days of sunshine every year. You’ll add lots of value to your home and you’ll have something you can enjoy nearly year-round with the whole family. If you want to add some extra living space without a full remodel, a new deck may be just what you need.

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Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.