Whether you’ve owned your home for years and are looking for an upgrade, or want to maximize its sale value, or you are buying a new home and want to make it your own, it’s likely you’re considering some home improvements. Not all improvements are created equal, so you may want to consider moving on the ones that are most likely to give you are return if you ever do sell.
Bathrooms help to sell homes. Sometimes a minor remodeling job will make a tired old bathroom look fresh and new and will be easier on your pocket book than a full remodel. Fresh caulking around a tub or shower will give it a clean look. A new tub-shower door or curtain will also help. Changing just the faucet fixtures will make it look newer. Replace old lighting fixtures with something more modern. Area lighting over the sink, commode or shower will also give it a modern appearance.
A slightly more advantageous change like replacing an old half-bathroom vanity, sink and faucet with new fixtures can really pay dividends. This is a minor remodeling job that will show your powder room to its best advantage.
Likewise, you do not have to spend tens of thousands of dollars remodeling your kitchen to make it look good. Instead of new cabinets, sand and repaint or varnish the existing cabinetry. Replace drawers and cupboard hardware with something contemporary.
You can replace old vinyl floors with a new piece of laminate. Sheet-good flooring has come a long way. You may want to use the laminate that gives the appearance of wood or natural tile for an updated look.
A new, deep divided sink with single-lever faucet fixture can add character the old sink lacked. Paint the walls for a fresh look. Add lighting fixtures over work areas. All appliances must be in good operating condition. Replace the dishwasher and stove when necessary.
Cracked or chipped granite or manufactured stone counters should be repaired or changed. If you have tile counters, scrub them with non-abrasive cleaners and make sure the caulking is clean and not cracked. Replace any cracked tiles on counters or backsplashes. If you don’t have one, or it’s outdated, a new backsplash can bring life to an old kitchen.
Landscaping is the first thing buyers see when they approach your home. This is the all-important curb appeal that will encourage the prospective buyer to tour your house.
Take a good look at trees, shrubs and flower beds. These are easy to improve with gardening. Pull weeds, trim trees and add flowering shrubs. This gives color to your house.
Hanging baskets with bright flowers are welcoming in the front and back yards. While the focus is on the front, do not neglect that back yard. Add flowering plants to patio deck pots. Keep the lawn mowed in both yards. You may have to rake leaves or trim hedges more frequently, depending on the season.
Keep walkways clear and add solar garden lights along pathways even though most people will view your home by daylight. Replace old lights by the doors with updated fixtures.
Pressure washing or repainting the house, fences and gates can really enhance curb appeal. Replace the front door or garage door if it’s old and not hanging properly.
Replace loose or damaged steps for safety. Check railings and supports for balconies and elevated decks to make sure they are secure.
This is certainly a higher dollar improvement, but your house may have an attic that can be easily converted to a bedroom or study under the slanted roof. This room could be more than just a storage area. It may require additional insulation and wiring but the added space is worth the effort.
Small rooms in odd shaped spaces have a certain charm if they are furnished properly. An attic window can have a seat placed under it for a comfy reading area.
Whatever the changes you plan to make, know that don’t have to be major remodels to add value to your home. Minor improvement such as painting and changing out fixtures can make a substantial difference in how your home looks and feels whether you’re just moving in or considering selling your home.
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