THREE of the Best Inexpensive Remodeling Projects to Get BIG Results!
(Thank you to guest columnist Eugene Williams for this great remodeling advice. See Eugene’s contact information below this post. For more advice on how remodeling projects pay off concerning the future sale of your home, feel free to contact me at [email protected] or at 317-650-5062)
If you are thinking about selling your home but want to make some improvements to increase its value or make it more appealing to potential buyers, you should know which relatively inexpensive projects will get big results. You also need to know which projects you can handle yourself and which you should hire professionals to complete your endeavors.
1)Update a Powder Room
While your home likely has a master bathroom and another three-quarter or full bathroom, you should consider adding a powder room on your first floor or in your basement living space. Homebuyers quickly turn off to homes that don’t have enough bathrooms, and they don’t want to add one themselves.
If your home has an existing powder room, make sure it has an exhaust fan and as much natural lighting as possible. Update the vanity countertop to make your powder room more appealing to buyers. In the Indianapolis area, HomeAdvisor reports that the average price to install laminate countertops is $533 – $850 and takes about two to three weeks.
There are a few DIY powder room upgrades that appeal to buyers including adding storage such as a wall cabinet or shelf. Complete the updates in the powder room by painting cabinetry to give it a fresh look and installing new hardware to match updated faucets and fixtures.
2) Update Your Kitchen Backsplash
Kitchen backsplashes are an inexpensive way to update your kitchen and give it a wow factor that will increase your home’s value. Look for ceramic tile, decorative pieces of glass or metal, or shiplap that will add personality and charm to your kitchen. A new backsplash will provide a focal point in your kitchen and give it a finished look. It also can hide imperfections on your walls or stains near your sink or oven, which will yield big results when buyers make offers.
Kitchen backsplashes become even more inexpensive when you install them yourself, but make sure you feel comfortable doing so and have the time, patience, and knowledge that it takes to do so. Should you opt to do a backsplash yourself, look for DIY tile on sheets so you don’t have to place each small tile individually.
You should know that tiling is a tedious process that requires a lot of measuring, cutting, patience, and attention to detail, so you may want to hire a professional to install your backsplash if you are afraid you will lose too much time and money attempting it yourself.
3) Update Your Front Door
Potential home buyers judge your house from the first glance. One of the best ways to boost your home’s value without spending a ton of money is updating your front door. Install a new door that allows natural lighting into the home and gives your home more personality.
Be sure to choose a door that is energy efficient. Or, update your door by adding sidelights, an awning, or a portico above it. Hire a professional contractor to measure and install the door or overhang for you. By some estimates, updating a new front door or entryway adds 96.6% of the amount you spend to your home.
If adding a new door isn’t in your budget, update your existing door by painting it. Add a door knocker, decorative glass, or hardware to appeal to buyers. Then, place a decorative mat or plant near the front entrance to make it stand out to buyers even more.
When you want to add value to your home, making some wise decisions about home improvements and remodels is the best place to start. Consider adding or updating a powder room, updating your kitchen backsplash, and updating your front door.
This guest post was created by Eugene Williams. Eugene has decades of experience with all types of do-it-yourself projects and loves to share his knowledge with everyone. Please visit his site DIYDad for more information.
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