If you’re looking for a return on your investment, bathrooms, and kitchens remodeling are still king. Remember your Home Additions, though, that a major bathroom remodels, such as moving showers and toilets or knocking out walls, can climb well into five figures. So, what if you want to think a little smaller…and cheaper?
Here are 5 ideas that can add value to your home without breaking your bank account.
Change the Landscaping
Sure, you can sink a lot of money in this, but you can also give your yard a very different feel by merely cutting back or removing overgrown shrubbery and replacing it with colorful plants in a variety of heights. This will open up the front of your home and add to its curb appeal.
Too easy, right? But updating wall and cabinet colors can change the whole feel of your home. While it will give any room new life, consider taking up a brush in your kitchen and bathroom to get rid of old wall finishes. Sand and refinish cabinets. Simpler is better.
In the bathroom, you don’t have to go whole hog. Remove old caulk around your tub and replace it. Replace or remove glass doors on a shower to visually add space. Consider age-friendly improvements. By 2040, estimates are senior citizens will account for more than one-fifth of the U.S. population. They will be looking for housing with walk-in showers, fewer steps, and doorways wide enough to accommodate walkers or wheelchairs. If you really want to make your home ageless, a master bedroom on the main floor is a real plus.
In kitchens, you can add value by installing backsplashes or newer, matching appliances.
Get rid of old and outdated wall-to-wall carpeting. Hardwood flooring or laminate and vinyl alternatives are in. You can add some giant area rugs cheap to help define spaces while still showing off your beautiful flooring.
Change the Decor
Along with throwing out the old carpeting, change window treatments. Moving furniture away from walls or arranging it around a feature you want to show off, such as a fireplace, can also give your home a more spacious feel and add to its value.
Be Smart about Technology Upgrades
When it comes to adding value to your home, this is an area where you want to be careful. Some technology changes so quickly, you can lose the money you invest and any value. Some minor upgrades, such as a programmable thermostat, can be a natural, cost-effective improvement. They’re not complicated to add and have the added benefit of being accessible via smartphones. At the very least, it created the impression of a smart home.
Whatever you choose to tackle, experts say it’s essential to have a plan. Do one room at a time, and be realistic about what you are able and willing to do. Sometimes, paying a professional to do the job for you is a better choice.