Many home improvement projects add value and boost the comfort of your home, but they also cost money to execute. The great news is that you can do these projects on your own to cut down on cost.
Go for projects that are small but impactful and avoid over ambitious ones that will take up a lot of time and money. Here are some home improvement projects that you should consider.
To many people, the kitchen is the heart of the home, which means upgrading it will always increase the value of the home. You do not have to go big on the project. Just upgrade the kitchen counter, install new cabinets, or refresh the old ones for a fresh look. You can also build under-cabinet drawers to increase storage. Use an oil-based paint for your cabinets since it’s harder and more durable. However, it has a strong odor and requires longer curing and drying time. When remodeling the kitchen, do not make it fancier than the rest of the home because it will look out of place. Features appliances, counter-tops, and large kitchen spaces might look better in a fancy restaurant than in your home. Upgrade with style but do not go overboard. The remodel that you give your kitchen must fit with the rest of the house and the neighborhood.
There is nothing that increases the value of a home more than the bathroom. When remodeling your bathroom, upgrade the shower head, re-caulk the bathtub, replace the toilet and faucet and give your bathroom a vanity makeover. For your toilet upgrade, you can install an efficient, reasonably priced triangle toilet to maximize space. If your home has only one bathroom, you might also consider adding another one. For the extra bathroom, consider underutilized spaces or any extra rooms. Look at other spaces like under the stairs and in the closets too. Like any other project, the cost of remodeling an existing bathroom or adding a new one depends on the accessories you want to use and their prices. Look out for appliances and products that are cost-efficient but still look good enough to fit in with the rest of the home.
If your home has old doors that allow in cold and hot air and lacks basic insulation, then it is not energy efficient. Such a house is expensive to live in and maintain. Upgrading your home to energy efficient standards will make your home more appealing and will not cost you an arm and a leg. Check for leaks around the house, replace doors that let in drafts and seal any existing cracks. You can discover leaks and areas that require additional insulation around doors and windows, in recessed lighting, around sockets and switches, in the basement and the attic. To further make your home more energy efficient, use energy saving bulbs, install a programmable thermostat, and purchase an energy efficient water heater.
Building a deck
Outdoor living spaces have become very popular over the years. If you make your backyard and deck more appealing, you increase the appeal of the entire house. The cost of building a deck ranges between $1,200 to $10,000, or more. The price varies depending on the deck size and other things like built-in seating, bells and whistles, built-in flower pots and multiple stairs. However, you can save a considerable amount of that amount by doing the work yourself. It is not easy and requires specific tools that you might never need again after use, so weigh your options and decide if it is worth it. If you choose to contract someone for the job, shop around for someone trustworthy and watch out for scams.
There are many options on how to improve your home but always focus on the smaller project that boosts the appeal of your home without breaking your bank. Concentrate on projects that add comfort and character to your home, and those that improve energy efficiency.