Simple DIY Renovations to add Value to Your Home
Does your home stick out like a sore thumb in your neighborhood? If you have lived in your home for a while now and have not done any home improvements now is the time to consider an update. You don’t have to make bank buster home improvements, start small and watch your home increase in value and attractiveness; all while making it a more comfortable place for you to live.
The kitchen is the heart of the home. A majority of people find themselves in the kitchen not only when they are cooking but also when entertaining. A few easy upgrades for your kitchen include a new faucet, cabinet handles, and energy efficient lighting. Making all the appliances in the kitchen match will often add value to your home. If you’re not up for buying new appliances to match the others that’s okay, you can save money by ordering appliance covers to match. If you think you might have a few extra bucks to shell out on a kitchen redesign you may want to think about cabinet resurfacing, refacing, or refinishing them. However, if you are really handy you could always do this yourself.
After the kitchen the bathroom is probably the most important room in your house to update. Again, these renovations do not need to be huge, a little can go a long way. Consider updating the toilet seat and adding a pedestal sink. Replacing the bathroom floor and swapping out any chipped tiles is another easy way to revamp your dingy bathroom.
First impressions last a life time. You don’t want a potential buyer to drive by your home and see an uncut lawn or a door hanging off its hinges. If you do not have a green thumb you may want to consider in investing in a landscaper. A landscaper can add a great deal of beauty to your yard and increase the property value of your home. A solid front door and door handle is a good sign that lets people know that this is strong house.
For many homes built before the 1970s, storage can be a major issue. A majority of older homes have one rod shelving units that are considered a “closet”. One easy way to get the best storage use out of a small closet is to look into purchasing a closet organizer. A closet organizer allows you to have more shelving and hanging room than a typical closet and they are relatively easy to find online and have installed. If you have a little wiggle room with your home improvement budget, one renovation you may want to consider is adding a closet. This can simply be done by breaking through a small room or an unused space and can usually be completed under $2000.
Move the Laundry
It is very common to have your washer and dryer located in the basement. However, now-a-days most homeowners are opting for a second floor laundry room. Having the washer and dryer located near a bedroom and or bathroom is all about convenience. One of the easier ways to create a second floor laundry room is to have a front loading washer and dryer placed in a closet, this way it is hidden and does not become an eye-sore. Moving your laundry upstairs can be more costly than other home renovations mostly because of the mechanics and plumbing that will need to be completed. But, in the end the benefits of moving your laundry to another floor may outweigh the cost.
Update the Basics
Brining up to date the basics of the home will not only add value to your house but, it is also very easy to do. Start with the lighting in the home. You can easily update light fixtures with inexpensive chandeliers. If you have a fan with a light fixture on it one idea might be to replace the fan blades for an entirely new appearance. Consider changing the light switchplate covers from the old yellowy color to a crisp new white. Repaint walls with a different color to give your rooms a new look and vibe. If you don’t have the budget for new carpet research professional carpet cleaning services and they can clean your carpets and get them looking like new again.
Renovating your home does not mean you need to break the bank. Small updates like painting or adding a new faucet can give your home a touch of personality and increase its value.