6 Simple Upgrades That Will Double The Value Of Your Home

The American housing market is finally picking up some steam. There are many new buyers entering the market.

If you plan on selling your home in the near future, you are probably wondering: Which upgrades will deliver the biggest ROI? What will sell my house above the asking price? How can I sell my home quickly?

Luckily, you don’t have to add a whole new wing to your house to boost its value. A few small upgrades here and there can double the value of your home. Here are some of the best improvements you can make to add significant value to your property:

Energy-Efficient Windows

Your old, single-paned windows can cause a variety of issues. They may look nice, but their charm comes at a cost. They are extremely inefficient insulators, which translates to a higher-cost for air conditioning in the summer and higher heating costs during the winter.

On top of allowing heat to easily pass through, old windows don’t do a good job of muffling sound. If you live in a high traffic area, or have a barking dog in your yard, this can be an issue. Homeowners are usually used to this, so they don’t mind, but potential buyers will certainly notice it.

The best thing to do would be to swap your old windows with ones that have an Energy Star rating. New windows can add significant value to your home, yet they are an affordable and cost-efficient upgrade.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, you can reduce heat loss through windows by up to 50% just by installing storm windows. If you want to see what type of windows will work best for your climate and geography, check out this Efficient Windows Collective’s rundown.

Kitchen Remodel

The kitchen is the heart of every home, so it’s no news that a kitchen upgrade can double the value of your property. But, you don’t have to go crazy for it to work. You don’t need a commercial-grade gas stove or a $3,000 vent to impress potential buyers.

Most homeowners appreciate the simpler pleasures: contemporary cabinet finishes, decent quality appliances, and, naturally, a good layout. Just a minor kitchen remodel can recoup 81.1% of the initial cost, according to this 2018 Cost vs Value Report.

So, instead of splurging all of your savings on a new kitchen, you can update the cabin faces, put in an energy-efficient fridge, and replace the faucet and sink. But, if you are really adamant about doing a major kitchen remodel, make sure to consider the local market, home value, and your budget.

Steam Shower

Easy upgrades such as updated hardware or a new toilet can add value to your home, but why not go a step further? The average home buyer is in search of a bathroom that evokes an indulging experience.

The bathroom has become an experiential space; we don’t see it just as a utilitarian corner of a house anymore. The best way to tap into this new trend is to install a steam shower. A house that has a steam shower can sell for up to 30.7 % above the expected price, according to Zillow.

Refinish or Install Hardwood Floors

A durable and beautiful hardwood floor will stand up to heavy abuse and foot traffic for decades, while adding rich tones to the décor and improving the looks of the interior. Hardwood floors are popular among homebuyers because they are durable, gorgeous, and easy to clean.

But, if you already have a hardwood floor, it is a good idea to spruce it up a bit before you put your house up for sale. Refinished hardwood floors can recoup 100% of their cost, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Add a Patio or Deck

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and worldwide lockdowns, staycations are becoming increasingly popular. Outdoor living areas are already a big perk, and they will become even more desirable.

One of the best and most unique ways to make your yard more inviting is to add a patio or deck to it. The average national cost of a yard patio is around $54,100. As seen in the 2018 Cost vs Value Report, you can recoup 82.8% of the cost after a deck addition.

Fancy railings, built-in seatings, new deck paint, pendant lights, or spotlights can really go far. Outdoor heaters are generally inexpensive and they can really cozy up your patio.

Spare Room

When pairing homebuyers with the right home, the number of bedrooms is key. A bit of extra room is always appreciated, especially among families. According to Zillow’s 2018 consumer housing trend reports, 63% of homebuyers are interested in having a guest or spare room.

Remodeled basements can be very attractive to potential buyers. To add a magical extra room to your home, you can convert an under-loved or unused area of your home into an attractive living space.

If you already have enough bedrooms in your home, you can style an extra room as a cozy home theater, crafting area, or a game room. The more versatile your home is, the more appealing it will be to potential buyers.

Kevin has gone through an extensive home renovation with his son, which he has both

thoroughly enjoyed, and dreaded every morning. He is now the proud owner of half his dream house (the other half has been waiting for spring). You can read more of Kevin’s work on PlainHelp.

8 Spring Renovations to Uplift Your Mood

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Spring is a time for new beginnings, and there’s no better way to feel like you’ve got a fresh start than a home renovation. Applying cosmetic and structural changes to your home can completely reinvent how you feel about and use a space. Whether you’re interested in getting more natural light or brightening the room with a splash of color, there are plenty of creative options in your price range to explore.

DIY projects aren’t always the most feasible approach to renovations, but they can be the most cost-effective. If any of these spring renovations sound like something you want to take on yourself, remember to follow our guide on steps to take before getting started on your first renovation. Be safe, and make sure you have an educational resource detailing how to operate and troubleshoot your tools for the task.

1.     Try A New Look with Interior and Exterior Painting

Most people incorporate pops of color into a living space through thoughtful furnishing, but if you’re looking to really switch up your decor, repainting the interior of your home is the next step. Consider an accent wall in your favorite color to add depth to a neutral room or unify the furniture with the rest of the decor. Repainting your home’s faded exterior or giving it a completely new look with a different color is also a great way to renovate your home this spring while also improving curbside appeal.

2.     Reinvent Your Backyard With a Deck

Just because it isn’t barbeque season doesn’t mean you can’t get started on summer backyard improvements like building a deck. Decks allow you to extend your living space and utilize your backyard. Adding light fixtures and outdoor furniture can further transform your deck into a great place for friends and family to gather during summer evenings.

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3.     Improve the View With a Landscape Makeover

Creative landscaping around your home is about more than keeping your front and backyard looking sharp; it turns your yard into something you can enjoy. If winter has left your lawn looking worse for wear, spring is your chance to redesign your backyard. Planting a vegetable garden, growing unique flower beds, or creating a path with stepping stones are some of the simple landscaping renovations you can do for spring. Fountains and greenhouses require a little extra work, but having a focal point like a beautiful water feature can add a touch of style and class to any yard.

4.     Prepare for Pool Party Season

It may not be warm enough to swim, but that shouldn’t stop you from getting ready for pool party season. Installing a pool in spring gives you time to get everything ready for guests looking to cool off on the hot days to come. Homeowners who are willing to invest in a pool can not only increase the value of their home but also turn their backyards into a stylish paradise everyone can enjoy.

5.     Update Your Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home for many. It is arguably one of the most important spaces in your house, which means having a functional kitchen that meets your needs is essential. If your kitchen is too small, consider exploring new storage solutions or renovating it with an open floor plan. Custom lighting can personalize the space according to your needs and tastes, turning your kitchen from plain and practical to warm and welcoming.

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6.     Save By Going Green

Many of our suggestions so far have come with sliding scales when it comes to costs, but what about a renovation that saves you money and helps the planet? It’s becoming more and more common to spot houses with solar panels on the roof as people learn about green energy. Other effective eco-friendly changes you can make for your home include water-efficient plumbing or energy-saving insulation and lighting. Even just switching the bulbs in your house to LEDs can reduce your electricity bill, keeping your house and future bright.

7.     Add Sunshine to Your Day With Skylights

Speaking of energy efficiency, opening up your home to more natural light can make you less reliant on interior fixtures. Skylights act like an additional window and can make any room feel cozier by filling it with sunshine. If you have a green thumb, your indoor plants will also love an additional light source as they grow.  Skylights are also great for those of us who enjoy rainy spring days. Nothing beats curling up on the couch with a book and being able to glance up to watch rain clouds as they pass overhead.

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8.     Take Back Your Garage

Garages are one of the first places we think of when odds and ends pile up and need somewhere else to go. Waking up one day and realizing your garage is a maze of boxes can happen to anyone without notice. Following popular spring cleaning tips and going through what we’ve managed to accumulate over the years may be intimidating at first, but it can also be just as rewarding.

Once you’ve decluttered and freed up space in your garage, the possibilities are endless. It can become an additional space for your family to enjoy, an in-home gym, or the much-needed workspace you’ve been looking for. Turn your garage into a workshop haven for heirloom tools or a playground as an auto hobbyist.

Whether it’s a DIY affair or sitting back while the professionals get to work, these spring renovations can rejuvenate your house. Feel happier and more at ease when you turn any space into a home through renovations of any size, cost, and complexity.

Summer Backyard Home Improvements

Home improvements are always fun tasks. Even though they take some of your time and money, you always know that you’re putting these resources to good use. The particularly fun activities are the ones that include improving your backyard. If you already like spending time in your backyard, but you want to make it even more enjoyable, there are a lot of things that you can do to achieve that. Namely, there is a long list of summer backyard improvements that will make your backyard look and feel much better.

Add a patio

A patio or a deck is always a good idea, especially if you plan on spending a lot of time in your backyard. Besides bringing the special appeal to your home, the patio also helps you extend the living area. If you live in s small house that usually feels cramped, the patio is the thing you need. The patio also makes a great space for the outdoor furniture and it makes your home seem larger.

With a brand new patio, you’ll create a space for endless entertainment during the whole summer. You’ll have a space for family get-togethers and both kids and adults will adore it. Finally, the best thing about a patio is that it requires zero maintenance. Besides occasional sweeping, you won’t have a lot to do when it comes to maintaining your patio.

Build an outdoor kitchen

Outdoor kitchens have been very popular over the recent years. They are the real game-changers and they make your backyard more enjoyable and luxurious. Even though an outdoor kitchen is a huge investment, it does pay off. If you like spending time outside with your friends and family, an outdoor kitchen will do a lot to make these gatherings even more interesting.

When building an outdoor kitchen, you should pay special attention to space. Since the kitchen will take up a lot of space, you should think well where and how you would build it. You should also consider the architectural style of your home. If you want the kitchen to fit in, you should build it in such a way that it looks well with the rest of the exterior.

Work on the lighting

One of the things that can transform any space in no time is the lighting. Lighting, besides being a rapid way to bring a change, is also an inexpensive way to do so. Since hot summer nights suggest that you are going to spend more and more time outside, you’ll want to have the backyard properly illuminated. With some decorative outdoor lighting, you can make a serious change.

You don’t have to host gatherings during the day only. If you choose to do it by night too, you’ll be amazed once you see what difference in the atmosphere the lighting can make. Having experts help you with the lighting is an even better idea. For instance, professional electrical services are irreplaceable when it comes to switching to LED lighting. Once you step up your lighting game, you’ll add a new touch of style to your backyard.

Install a pool

The pool is by far one of the best things you can invest in. Besides being a ton of fun, the pool is also a sign of class and style. Even though the pool requires high maintenance, it still is a great investment. If you can’t bear the hot summer days, a brand new pool might be very helpful.

The heat in the summer can become unbearable and having a chance to escape from it is priceless. That is why the pool is such an amazing investment. Having a pool means having an opportunity to relax, exercise, or just have fun. Besides all that, the pool increases the value of your home.

Hang a hammock

If you’re looking for a simpler and quicker change in your backyard, you can just hang a hammock. It’ll cost nothing and you’ll get a perfect spot for relaxing, reading a book, or napping in your backyard.

All you need for this to happen are a couple of trees. However, even you don’t have those, you shouldn’t despair. You can purchase a tree with a base, that will be the perfect setup for the hammock.

Plant trees

Finally, the easiest way to improve your backyard is to plant some trees. Trees and shrubs will make your backyard seem more natural, graceful, and harmonious.

To avoid overwhelming the yard, you should be careful about the amount of the trees and shrubbery you’re about to plant. You can choose your favourite trees and strategically place them all over the yard. Even though that’ll be a simple change, it’ll still be very important and it’ll shed new light on your backyard.

Conclusion

Making small improvements around the house helps you bring value to your home and make your home a more enjoyable space for you and your family. With these changes, you’ll treat your backyard as well and make the best possible space for the summer.

A Storage Solution For Your Kitchen

Sometimes our kitchens wind up just not having enough room. We need to purge but sometimes thats not enough. So, we need to improvise. I came across this idea and really thought it would be perfect for many of us. It is a simple curtain rod with pot hooks. Hang a collection of coffee cups, cooking utensils, small potted plants with herbs or anything else that you can that has not found a home in a cabinet, drawer or counter.

Upcycled Storage Jars

 

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What a great way to reuse and upcycle old jars like these. Clean the label off which might need a product like Goo Be Gone. The top has been spray painted with a silver spray paint that is designed to be used on outside plastic to ensure durability. You can also use steel wool to rough up the plastic to help ensure the paint sticks. Labels like these can be purchased in many craft stores. Use these for spices, nuts, chocolate chips or other snacks and kitchen needs. But don’t just stop in the kitchen. These could work in a bathroom for bath powders, bath bombs, hair bands and first aid supplies. Use in a home office for supplies like staples, rubber bands, new tape rolls, paper clips and other odds and ends.