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Affordable Home Improvement Tips

No matter how you look at it, making  home improvements is a costly endeavor.  The bottom line is when it comes to remodeling and renovating a home, homeowners are going to be spending thousands and thousands of dollars on contractors, specialists and more. The benefit of this is that you do make that money back in resale value although it can take some time to sell the home and get it suitable for new potential buyers.

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On a positive note, did you know that there are ways to improve your home  that do not require a home owner to spend thousands of dollars in initial investments or skilled labor that take a big Chunk of Change out of their wallet? Here are a few solutions that a you can do to improve their home for less than you might think.

REJUVENATE YOUR APPLIANCES WITH A FACE-LIFT

Buying brand new appliances is a great investment for a home, but it can also cost quite a bit of money. If you’re looking to spend less but still tie the room together, why not consider a face-lift? New doors and face panels on appliances can get them to match, bring the room together in a stylish way, and save you big bucks on the technical appliances while still allowing for a great look in the room and a definite upgrade in the home’s design.

SWITCH TO ENERGY EFFICIENT LIGHT BULBS

Energy efficient lighting fixtures and light bulbs are an affordable alternative that will go a long way in your home. Today, most homeowners are concerned about heating and electricity costs along with wanting to do their share to improve the impact on the environment.  Light fixtures that have earned the ENERGY STAR certification translate to quality, cutting edge design and the latest in efficient technology. ENERGY STAR Certified Fixtures: Use 90% less energy and produce about 70-90% less heat than traditional models using incandescent light bulbs. The most popular light bulbs available are halogen incandescents, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), and light-emitting diodes (LEDs). Although they can initially cost more than traditional incandescent bulbs, during their lifetime they save you money, because they use less energy.

CABINETS AND DOORS ARE PARAMOUNT

In lieu of doing a complete kitchen remodel, homeowners can get quite a bit of use out of working through new doors and cabinets. This simple fix alone can go a long way to making the kitchen seem like a completely new and different room  without spending the big bucks on an entire kitchen remodeling job.

GET INSTANT CURB APPEAL

One of the best low-cost ways to inexpensively dress up your home-especially for potential buyers-is to increase your home’s curb appeal in a resourceful way. Hiring a professional landscaper to come by and re-design your lawn, patio and trees will help your home look cleaner, look better and more sleek. The better your home looks on the curb, the better chance you have of improving it at a lower cost to you and selling it a higher value-and you didn’t have to do anything major to the home.

SUMMARY

At the end of the day, there are ways to improve your home in a cheap and cost-efficient manner without breaking the bank. When you’re smart about where and how you improve your home, you may be surprised at how well you can sell it with minimal work being done, and your bank account and stress levels will thank you for it, too!

 

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Tips On Getting Your Home Ready To Sell

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So you’ve decided on making the “BIG”  move and sell your home.
Now’s the time to get that TO DO LIST done that you’ve always said you’re going to get around to do. Below are a few tips on getting those repairs and upgrades done that won’t break the bank but can help you sell your home faster.

•Replace cracked floor or counter tiles.
• Patch all  holes in your  walls.
•Get those leaky faucets fixed.
•Check doors that don’t close properly and kitchen drawers that jam weather opening or closing and get them fixed.
•Fresh coat of paint goes a long way and consider painting your walls neutral colors.

•Hardwood Flooring
If your home has carpeting over hardwood floors, consider removing the carpet and to refinish the floors because hardwood is what buyers want.

•Carpet Flooring
Plywood subfloors  should be replaced with light tan carpeting . Neutral carpeting is your best choice for resale.

•Ceramic Flooring
All chipped or cracked tiles should be replaced. Grout should be cleaned or replaced. Some say not to install ceramic (because it’s too expensive) but it’s your budget and your call and is great  for aesthetic reasons in an entry way.

Ceilings & Walls

Ceilings with signs of a leaky roof and from grease or smoke and ceiling cracks should be repaired and painted. The same applies to walls. Nothing says freshness like new paint, and it’s the most cost effective improvement. Use fiberglass tape on large cracks, cover with joint compound and sand. Paint a neutral color such as light tan or taupe.

•Wallpaper
Not everyone hates wallpaper. They hate your wallpaper  because it’s your personal choice and not theirs. And this applies to all dated wallpaper. Get rid of it. The easiest way is to steam it off by using an inexpensive wallpaper remover steamer.

•Wood paneling
Even if your wood paneling is not real wood but composite, you can paint it. Dated paneling must go. Older wood paneling such as walnut, mahogany, cedar and pine, it’s all gone out of style. Paint it a neutral and soft color after priming it.

•Textured ceilings
Remember the Older popcorn ceilings with the “sparkles”? Well guess what? They often contain asbestos and if disturbed are health hazards. So consider getting rid of it.  It’s that’s expensive but time consuming to remove. Lay down drop cloths and scrape it off. You will need to repaint.

• Kitchen Cabinets
Resurfacing is your best option. This involves attaching a thin veneer to the surface of the cabinets and replacing the doors and hardware Compare Prices. If your cabinets are painted, add a fresh coat of paint and new hardware.

•Counter tops, sinks & faucets
Granite counters can be considered but not necessary. Simple laminates, newer faucets and sparkling sinks sell. Buyers don’t want leaky faucets or stained sinks.

Bathrooms

The national average of recouped cost is more than 100% for bathrooms. New floors, fixtures and lights payoff!

Roofs & Outer Home Exterior

If your home needs a new roof then get it done! Buyers tend to shy away from buying a home if the roof needs to be replaced.

•Patch cement cracks in sidewalks
•Patch and resurface asphalt driveways
•Plant flowers and bushes to add curb appeal
•Caulk windows and doors
•Replace doorknobs and locks
•Fix and paint fences

Summary
Overall, buyers want to buy a home that has no deferred maintenance, newer appliances, updated plumbing, electrical and heating and air-conditioning, modern conveniences and is ready to
move in.

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