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Guide To Adding Value To Your Home

Whether you’re a senior looking to sell your house in the near future or are looking for practical updates that will make it more appealing to buyers later on, there are all kinds of ways to increase your home’s value. Some changes can be made quite easily by homeowners themselves, and certain projects will take no more than a weekend to complete. Other updates are better left to a professional, be it due to safety precautions or special training that’s required to do the job. This guide will discuss the best value-boosting modifications to consider for your home so that when the time comes to sell, you’ll get the highest return on your investment.

Keep in mind that every homeowner’s needs will be different, and you may want to ask a real estate agent or local interior designer to evaluate your home. They can offer valuable insight on the areas of your house that would best benefit from an update, as well as when to preserve the integrity of a particular style of home, some modern renovations may detract from a colonial home’s appeal, for instance. Getting personalized advice about how to best add value to your home is never a bad idea!

 

Kitchen

An updated kitchen is the number one wish list item for young buyers and an excellent place to start when boosting your home’s value. The best part is that your budget doesn’t have to be a limiting factor. Even small changes can make a world of difference in giving an outdated kitchen a facelift. Of course, if you do have a large budget to work with, you may want to consider investing a good amount in your cooking space.

 

Cabinets

Consider your basic kitchen hardware: cabinet door knobs and drawer handles. If they’re the same as when you moved in, and especially if there’s visible wear and tear, it’s likely time to switch them out for a fresh, modern look. Changing them is simple and often low-cost. This small change can completely transform the look of your cabinets and create cohesion in the space, particularly if you opt to match the hardware to your appliances.

If your cabinets are in need of more than just a minor update, you can still make alterations to update them without breaking the bank. A good scrubbing is a great first step! Sanding out rough or worn spots, new contact paper lining, and a fresh coat of paint are all simple ways to elevate old cabinets. If the cabinet boxes are in good shape, you can remove and refinish the doors and drawers for a brand new look without the overhaul of a total remodel.

Replacing your cabinets completely might end up being the best option for a particularly worn-out kitchen. Most home improvement stores come with entire units you can install yourself, but it does require significant time and skill, after all, you have to rip the old ones out first! Keep in mind, however, that if your home is on its way to market, it’s wise to be conservative with brand new cabinets. New homebuyers will certainly appreciate seeing an updated kitchen, but they still may opt to make their own changes. Shanty cabinets can be a major distraction to would-be buyers and prevent them from seeing the space’s potential, but you shouldn’t devote your entire budget to new cupboards that may ultimately get altered.

 

Sink

Sink hardware is another easy update to consider. Does your kitchen have:

  • A modern faucet?
  • A spray nozzle for easy dishwashing?
  • A garbage disposal?

Even new drain traps can make an important difference. No one wants to think about years of grime and buildup in their “new” kitchen sink!

Lighting To Boost Curb Appeal

Your outdoor décor doesn’t end when the sun goes down. Outdoor lighting can improve the elegance and sophistication of your home, not to mention the safety benefits it has.

One way you can save money and improve your ROI is with solar landscape lighting. Not only does solar landscape lighting save you money, but it’s also eco-friendly. From solar path lights to solar spot lights, you can find a landscape lighting option for your budget. See a few ideas you can use to boost your curb appeal with outdoor solar lights.

 

Why Choose Solar Power?

The latest innovations in solar power make it possible for you to add lighting virtually anywhere indoors and out, without increasing your electrical bill. Many homeowners are turning to solar power for their landscape lighting needs, as they are typically easy to install and the best way to harness the sun’s rays. Solar power lighting has a high ROI that will be good for your wallet now and when it’s time to sell.

Solar power not only helps your wallet but it also helps the earth. By choosing to use solar power, you are significantly reducing your carbon footprint and helping to conserve resources. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, the solar industry projects have doubled in 2016 and expected to triple by 2022.  With the popularity of green homebuilding, outdoor solar lights might be just what you need to get your home up-to-date.

 

Solar Spot Lights

Of all the solar landscape lighting choices, spot lights will bring the most light and attention to a particular landscaping feature in your yard. Solar spot lights can also help deter intruders and be either placed into the ground with a stake or simply sit on top of the grass, with the light pointing at the feature you’d like to highlight.

 

Solar Fairy Lights

One of the latest trends in outdoor lighting is solar fairy lights. These little lights resemble string lights but are on a thin, flexible wire and don’t hang like other outdoor lights. They are perfect to wrap around trees, decking posts or pots. Most solar fairy lights are LED lights, so they have a long lifespan. When looking for outdoor solar fairy light, you’ll want to be sure they are waterproof so they won’t get damaged by the rain.

 

Outdoor Solar String Lights

For your deck or patio, outdoor solar string lights will help the party last into the evening. Globe and Edison style string lights are especially popular right now in backyard entertaining. Because solar string lights don’t need to be plugged into an electrical source, they can be hung almost anywhere in your yard. From decking to tree decor, you can get creative with your string outdoor solar lights.

Great Bathroom Decor Ideas

For most of us, the bathroom of our dreams is matched with a budget we can only imagine. However, that doesn’t have to hold you back from falling in love with the bathroom you have right now.

If you love to DIY, there’s no reason you can’t create the perfect bathroom. There are many DIY bathroom décor ideas that can fit in budgets of any size and still look great. See a few DIY bathroom ideas that will inspire your next project.

 

DIY Safety

DIY is a fun way to truly customize your home while saving money. However, many projects use power tools and products that could be harmful to you or others if used incorrectly. Never take on a DIY project you don’t have the right tools for or that you may not have the experience to do. Review a few basic DIY safety tips before beginning your next bathroom DIY project.

 

1. DIY Bathroom Mirror

Regardless of its current style, your bathroom mirror can be a focal point of the room. Therefore, it should be a feature that you love! Of all the DIY bathroom projects available, framing a bathroom mirror can be the most versatile to your current style. This project will take a bit of DIY experience, as cutting at an angle is required. See the tutorial on Cherished Bliss.

 

2. DIY Bathroom Storage Ideas

No matter the size of your bathroom, storage is always an issue. After all, the bathroom contains many items we use on a daily basis. But the storage you choose can be a part of your bathroom décor. For elegant bathrooms, consider repurposing an old cake tray to hold basic toiletries. Or, a wine rack can be repurposed as a towel holder.

Another popular DIY look for bathrooms is a farmhouse style. Mason jars add the perfect touch to your bathroom storage without losing the rustic style You can either simply have them out to hold items like cotton balls, Q-tips and more, or hang them to keep small toiletries in reach. This tutorial from the DIY playbook will show you just how to do so.

 

3. DIY Bathroom Rug

Bathmats are usually drab and boring. What if I told you that you can make your own DIY rug for less than you can buy in the store and add a unique look to your bathroom? Leftover towels are a great way to do so and is what makes this project so eco-friendly. You will need about two to four old bath towels depending on size cut into strips about 6’ long. Next, get some grid matting and begin to tie them in each row.

Kitchen Ideas On A Budget

The kitchen countertop is a focal point of your kitchen. It needs to have great function just as much as trendy style. Unfortunately, not everyone has the kitchen countertop they dream of, maybe due to age or material.

Countertops are the largest surface you have in your kitchen. Keeping them looking great can sometimes be a challenge. A poor looking countertop can make even the nicest kitchen look out-of-date. The good news is that you don’t need a complete remodel to change the look of your kitchen countertop. See a few kitchen countertop ideas that can fit in any budget.

 

1. Kitchen Countertop Refinishing

One of the first things you can do to improve your countertop is refinishing. This is a go-to project for many homeowners when they want to update the look of their kitchen countertop. Refinishing is a cheap kitchen countertop idea that you can likely do yourself if you have tile, wood, cultured stone or laminate countertops. The average cost of countertop refinishing varies by material.

  • Laminate countertop refinishing is between $1.67/sf and $4.17 /sf.
  • Epoxy countertop refinishing is  between $2.92/sf and $7.17 /sf.
  • Paint & Sealant refinishing is between $1.17/sf and $2.33 /sf.

 

2. Repair Kitchen Countertops

In some cases, all you may need to improve your kitchen countertop is a repair. Scratches and water damage can impact your kitchen countertops over time. For tile countertops, grout may need to be touched up and cleaned. A simple repair can restore the look of your kitchen countertops without a complete replacement. The average cost to repair a countertop is $340, with most homeowners spending between $245 and $358.

 

3. DIY Kitchen Countertop

If you’re looking for a new project, a DIY kitchen countertop might be for you. However, because countertops are such a big feature in the kitchen, a DIY kitchen countertop is not a project for the inexperienced homeowner. Wood countertops are a popular DIY kitchen countertop idea that can add a rustic look to your kitchen.

 

4. Deep Clean Your Countertops

While you may wipe down your countertops every day as part of your cleaning routine, when was the last time you truly deep cleaned your countertops to restore their original sparkle? Depending on the material of your countertop,