Smart improvements add value to your home

By Hawaii Renovation Posted in: ImproveTips

More homeowners are embarking upon home improvement projects. If you also are looking to make some home improvements without breaking the bank, spend smartly and invest in projects that will pay back.

Curb appeal

When it comes to first impressions, house hunters first notice curb appeal. So beautify outdoor space to attract possible buyers by focusing on small exterior improvements that’ll pay off big like planting seasonal shrubs, painting the front door, refreshing a rusty mailbox or replacing old porch lighting with updated fixtures. These minor details will make a major and lasting statement. At the very least, you should clean the yard of any debris, trim trees and spread mulch in planting beds.

Take outdoor renovations to the next level by transforming the look of your home completely with a fresh coat of paint. You can also increase the value of your home by giving your siding material an overhaul. Remodeling magazine suggests replacing aluminum and vinyl siding with a durable fiber-cement mixture, which will recoup about 88 percent of its cost upon resale. It resists fire, rotting, moisture and termites — all potential hazards that could end up costing thousands.

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Bed, bath and beyond

As house hunters head indoors, most tend to look at kitchens and baths first. Experts recommend timeless fixtures instead of trendy ones since they hold their own over time and appeal to buyers who favor both contemporary and classic looks.

As for the kitchen, instead of redoing it completely, accomplish a few minor DIY updates like changing out faucets and lighting fixtures, painting cabinets, adding new hardware to drawers and cabinets, and replacing old appliances with newer, more energy-efficient models.

Experts also say that adding an attic bedroom and finishing the basement are two of the largest renovations that give you the best return on your investment. But before jumping into complicated or expensive DIY projects, take a moment to assess which ones are worth your time and money. Test your knowledge of which home improvement projects give you the most bang for your buck at www.eriesense.com.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.