If you are selling your home, it is critical to get the buyers out of the car when they come to see your home. Be objective and check the condition of the landscaping, paint, roof, shutters, front door, knocker, windows, house number, and even how window treatments look from the outside. Add something special — such as big flower pots or an antique bench.
The condition of your home's exterior is key to the overall curb appeal, so refresh that facade with a coat of paint. Fresh exterior paint will not only preserve and protect your home's exterior siding — the right paint color can make a dull home dazzling. By the same token, a house painted with an overly bright or overly bland color will make a house less appealing and hurt the value, so choose your colors wisely. Should you decide to put your house on the market and the exterior paint looks bad, a buyer will assume that the interior of the home has been neglected too and drive right past.
Replacing the cracked concrete surfaces around your home can cost a small fortune. But for a fraction of that cost, concrete can be resurfaced in a multitude of colors and finishes. Consider adding a cobblestone finish to your driveway, a brick look to an old walkway or a slate finish around the pool or patio. Whichever texture you choose, it will be a huge improvement over standard concrete and potential homebuyers will really take notice.
Trimming Bushes and removing over grown trees and Shrubs will lift the vale of shrubbery and expose the potential beauty of your home.
Taking before photos in winter and after photos in Summer doesn’t hurt either.
Low Costs ways to Spruce up Your Homes Exterior
1. Trim bushes so they don’t block windows or architectural details. 2. Put a pot of bright flowers (or a small evergreen in winter) on your porch. 3. Install new doorknobs on your front door. 4. Repair any cracks in the driveway. 5. Edge the grass around walkways and trees. 6. Keep your garden tools and hoses out of sight. 7. Clear toys from the lawn. 8. Buy a new mailbox. 9. Upgrade your outside lighting. 10. Buy a new doormat for the outside of your front door. 11. Clean your windows, inside and outside. 12. Polish or replace your house numbers. 13. Place a seasonal wreath on your door.
These make-or-break rooms can spur add a lot of value to your home. Besides making each squeaky clean and clutter-free, update the pulls, sinks, and faucets.
In a kitchen, matching appliances, nicer counter-tops and attractive cabinets make a big impact.
Upgrade Kitchen and Bathrooms
Kitchen or bath remodels are always a safe bet.
Improving your home is a solid investment at any level — but if you have up to three thousand dollars to spend, a great place to start is by upgrading either the kitchen or bath. Either room is a good choice and you don't have to do a complete floor-to-ceiling remodel to reap financial benefits. In fact, modest kitchen or bath updates can be your best bet for a big return, netting, on average, an 80-85 percent return.
Simple remodeling ideas for your kitchen without breaking the bank
1. Tile Backsplash Today's latest kitchen trend is adding some color and personalization with unique backsplashes that complement but don't necessarily match countertops. Manufactured tiles are affordable, starting at approximately $4 per square foot, and adding a few hand-painted tiles with such items as fruits, flowers or shapes can provide creative flair. Adding backsplash tiles is a simple project that even the beginning DIYer can take on without hesitation, and it can be completed in just one afternoon. 2. Pullout Faucets Consider adding a new pullout faucet to your kitchen to provide a lot of functionality combined with great looks. Faucets are now available in more stylish finishes, including copper or brushed stainless steel. Copper finishes are becoming increasingly popular and can provide the perfect complement to range hoods, teakettles, cookware and other items. Brushed stainless steel continues to be a popular choice, in part because it matches the look of many of the latest commercial-style appliances. 3. New Countertops Your countertop is one of the most important and visible parts of your kitchen. A new countertop can give your kitchen a whole new look, and your choices are virtually limitless. The most popular choice is laminates. Available in hundreds of colors and textures, these countertops cost approximately $25 per linear foot. They are easy-to-clean and long lasting, but they do show cuts and nicks. Following a close second to laminates are solid surface countertops. Although they can cost quite a bit more -- $90 to $200 per linear foot -- solid surface countertops will allow nicks, scratches and burns to be buffed out. Quartz and granite surfaces are also increasing in popularity -- but increasing in cost as well. 4. Refacing/Refinishing Cabinets In a kitchen-remodeling project, new cabinets are usually the largest expense -- but they don't have to be. If the general structure of your cabinets is good, consider refinishing or refacing them. This can cost less than half the price of new cabinets. Refinishing means stripping, staining or painting the surface; while refacing requires replacing cabinet and drawer fronts and putting a matching veneer on the cabinet frames. Refacing creates a totally different look and allows you to change from dark wood to light, which will brighten an outdated kitchen. Both refinishing and refacing will not only save in material costs, but will also save labor costs compared to new cabinets. If even refinishing or refacing cabinets is not in your budget, you can simply change the cabinet hardware. New knobs and handles are available in all shapes, sizes and finishes -- and some are even sculpted allowing you to create your own special kitchen look. 5. Stainless Steel Sinks If your kitchen sink is stained, scratched or pitted, you will be happy to know that for about $300, you can get the latest in stainless steel sinks. A new trend is under mounting for fast, easy cleanup with no ridges to get in the way.
Simple remodeling ideas for your kitchen without breaking the bank Part 2
6. New Lighting Illuminate dark work areas with under-counter lighting that can be purchased as separate halogen lights or as a strand of rope lights. Halogen lights cost about $3 each and should be spaced 18-24 inches apart. Rope lighting is one continuous strand of lights and usually costs $3 per foot. In addition to under-counter lighting, you may consider changing ceiling fixtures. Some of today's hottest styles are recessed lighting or pendant fixtures that hang down a few feet from the ceiling to provide better illumination for an island or eating area. Usually you can find fixtures at relatively moderate beginning prices at home centers or kitchen showrooms. 7. Stenciling, Painting and Wallpapering Plain-colored walls are becoming a thing of the past as more homeowners opt for bold, colorful designs. Many new, faux finish designs use sponging techniques and stencils to personalize the look of the kitchen. Even the color palettes are changing from neutrals to dark blues, greens and maroons. Besides being inexpensive, painting is one of the easiest projects to complete in a fairly short amount of time and it makes a dramatic difference in the appearance of any room. 8. Appliances One of the biggest expenses in a kitchen-remodeling project is replacing the appliances. To avoid buying new appliances all at once, selectively add appliances by choosing the one that is most out-of-date in either look or function, and then add others over time as your budget allows. If your old appliances still fit the bill in terms of performance, but you'd like an updated look, you can actually repaint them or buy new panels to match the new decor or cabinetry in your kitchen. Visit your local home center to find out how this can be accomplished for your particular brand of appliances. 9. Workspace and Storage Options The island is usually the hallmark of any kitchen remodel, but if you are on a budget, a new, built-in island may not be on the agenda. If you still want the convenience and storage space of an island, consider one on wheels. For approximately $300, you can have a kitchen island that has the extra advantage of allowing you to stow it away in the corner when not in use. 10 Window Treatments Nothing catches the eye like windows, so making them look good is critical. If you sew, you can bring a new look to your windows for the price of materials and an investment of your time. If not, pre-made window treatments can beautify your kitchen, often for less than $100 per window. Courtesy of ARA Content, www.ARAcontent.com
Increase Your Home’s Resale Value with a Bathroom Remodel
Why the Bathroom? Many people don’t see the value of remodeling the bathroom when other, more visual parts of the home could be renovated first. This is a valid point unless you are thinking of cashing in on all the other improvements you have made by selling but you have neglected the bathrooms. Bathrooms should match the style and age of the rest of the home and nothing kills the buyers interest faster than after going gaga over a great kitchen, then walking into the bathroom of the sixties complete with Avocado Green. You know what I mean? What to Consider When Remodeling the Bathroom The reason a newly remodeled bathroom can positively affect the resale value of the home is because of the luxuries a bathroom can contain. Every master bathroom has a bath tub/shower, toilet, and sink. A stylish, well-designed bathroom can make a huge impression on prospective home buyers and even be the deciding factor when choosing between two homes. Remodeling your bathroom and installing that recessed lighting and sleek bathroom vanity just might make you want to spend a little more time in the can.
Bathroom Decorating Ideas Redecorating your bathroom with original and modern ideas can brighten up a cold and uninviting room. If it is time for a bathroom makeover, count yourself lucky when you see the amount of wonderful, contemporary decorating ideas for the bathroom today. Scan home decorating magazines, look on the internet, or visit your local home center to see an abundance of great ideas. Common bathroom decorating ideas include adding or replacing light fixtures. While choosing lights may be a daunting task, be aware that the perfect lighting can enhance your bathroom's theme and make a dramatic improvement to the overall feel of the room. Mirrors in a bathroom not only serve a genuine purpose, they can also make a room look larger and can be a good reflection on you and your decorating taste. Large mirrors may be dressed with window treatments. One colorful idea is to decorate bathroom mirrors with window scarves. Draped high over the top of the mirror and allowed to hang evenly down both sides, window scarves can add a color accent to a bland room. If your bathroom decorating ideas include furniture, accessories and other decorations, make sure to mix and match the items before placing all of your chosen items in the room. While you may think that an item can give life to the bathroom, it may not complement other items. While it is easy to add soaps, toothbrush holders, and other bathroom accessories, small furniture, tiny collectibles and other displays may not easily complement your bathroom's theme. For this reason, you should pick your items carefully to give a harmonious feel to the room.
Install crown molding at least six to nine inches in depth, proportional to the room’s size, and architecturally compatible. For ceilings nine feet high or higher, add dentil detailing, small tooth-shaped blocks used as a repeating ornament. It’s all in the details, after all.
Buyers favor wood over carpet, but refinishing is costly and time-consuming. Screening cuts dust, time, and expense. What it entails: a light sanding, not a full stripping of color or polyurethane, then a coat of finish
Screen Hardwood Floors
Have newer looking Wood Floors at a lower cost
Screen and Coat Worn or Dull Hardwood Floors
The screen and recoat (also called buff & coat) procedure for hardwood floors is a cost effective method of revitalizing worn or dull floors. Instead of paying for a complete refinishing, floors can be brought back to life, but don't expect deep scratches and dings to be removed. Frequent applications can protect floors and eliminate the need for a complete refinishing at a later date