November 19th, 2017 8:24 AM by Jackie A. Graves, President
You landed a new
job and find yourself planning a cross-country move in three months. Or, maybe
you finally have the time to spend on home improvement now that the kids
are out of the house. Here are some great approaches to home improvements
geared toward a wide variety of budgets. We interviewed a number of experts to
ask for tips, and all
agreed with New York City-based designer Courtney Cachet who said, “For anything past the very basic DIY
projects, I strongly recommend a licensed and insured professional.”
Ready to channel your inner Bob Vila? Click
on your budget, then jump to ideas for how to increase your
home’s value on your budget.
Beverly Hills home designer Brian DeVille recommends
starting with your outdoor lighting. He explains, “I find that curb appeal is
key. If you’ve done work inside, they’re not going to see what’s inside. If you
drive around an expensive neighborhood, you’ll see the homes have exterior
lighting. Lighting can make a home appear taller and add symmetry to the
structure and the yard.” More ideas to consider:
a bed of flowers to mulching around trees and other plantings—nothing beautifies
a home more than an eye-appealing landscape. “I always recommend yellow,
because yellow is the first color the brain processes,” says Courtney Cachet.
“It attracts the eye and looks cheerful. A mix with some pinks, greens, and
potted plants, and you’re done!”
as in fashion, accessories are important. That includes new house numbers, a
new front door, mailbox, and planters,” says Cachet. “The entryway is key—have
a nice solid door,” explains Deville. “If it has wobbly hardware people are
going to assume the whole home isn’t well-maintained.”
or cabinets. “If
you have hardwood floors, even if you can’t afford to refinish, pull up any
wall-to-wall carpet,” says Nyack, New York-based home stager, Darrow Samberg. If
your kitchen cabinets are looking outdated, Darrow recommends not spending
money on new ones but instead sanding and painting the ones you have.
Pay to get your home inspection
before listing it.
“It’s much wiser to start out knowing which projects are crucial to repairing
before potential buyers walk through the door—you may decide to do an essential
roof repair rather than a cosmetic bathroom remodel,” says DeVille. You’re also less likely to recoup your
investment in a major kitchen or bathroom remodel than you are to get back what
you spend on basic home maintenance such as new siding. Other $500
projects to consider:
home’s exterior, shutters, and trim.
Erect a simple fence around your
backyard for privacy and safety for kids and pets.
Do a basic “man-cave”
or garage spiff-up: Coat the floors in glossy, durable paint, and
install inexpensive-but-sturdy shelving and peg board.
Hire a pro to power
outside patios, decks, and walkways.
Build a surround for
your TV. “Let’s face it, there’s nothing inspiring about a flat-screen TV just
floating on a bare wall,” says Stamford, Connecticut based interior designer Kay Story.
“But there are some simple ways to make it look like part of your design scheme
without breaking the bank. One option is to build a framed wall out around your
set, creating a window for the TV to sit within. The walls will also appear
more interesting because there are multiple dimensions on an otherwise
flat wall. Be sure to bury all cords in the wall. Add some floating wood or
stainless steel shelves below for decor and you have a super chic TV room.” Other
$1,000 projects to consider:
your home’s interior a paint job, just keep in mind that bold colors
aren’t to most buyers’ taste. Go for neutral shades for the widest appeal.
Howard Wiggins shares this tip: “Paint stores have color specialists that will
help you find the perfect shade—they also know what’s in style right now.” Pros say that neutral paint tones can help make
a home’s interior look larger.
outdated or broken furniture, rugs, and artwork. Invest in key
items that add pops of color and modernity throughout your home.
and install a “smart” thermostat. This can save you about $200 in energy
costs. Even cooler? Systems like those made by Nest can be controlled remotely
with your smartphone or tablet.
in a new front porch. This adds visual interest and a welcoming entryway,
especially if your home’s architecture is flat, like a ranch home. If your
porch has started to look dated or has structural issues, rebuild it. As
DeVille says, “If all your improvements are made on your home’s interior,
you’ll never have a chance to show potential buyers the inside.”
Amp up your home’s
interior lighting. “I’m working on a house from the 1920s now. People
lived in a very different way back then—more low-lit wall sconces. I added four
recessed lighting elements per room—one room for $400 or so. It really gives
you a bright, happy room. Pay attention to lighting color—choose a daylight
bulb,” says Howard Wiggins, interior designer and author based in
Nashville. “Lighting is the best way to not only illuminate a room in a
property, but also an excellent method of creating individual ambiances in any
room,” adds Wiggins. Other value-enhancing projects in this price
up your countertops. With a modicum of construction skills, this can be
a DIY project that improves the whole look of your kitchen. Keep this
improvement under budget by using
materials such as stainless steel, polished concrete, stone, wood, laminate,
or ceramic tile.
space by taking down a wall. Potential buyers love big, open spaces.
(You can even remove a load-bearing wall, though most people don’t know it; our
home will remain structurally sound if you leave a beam at the ceiling.)
your crown molding. Do away with cracked or chipped trim that can add
years to the appearance of a home. Pay particular attention to making your
living room or entryway look cohesive and finished.
half-bath to make it wow,”
suggests Houston-based interior designer Rainey Richardson. “Sand the walls and add wallpaper with
bold print and pops of color to add some pizzazz. Update the lighting and
faucet to compliment the great paper. Don’t be afraid to choose metals that are
less common like chrome and brushed gold to add interest. Choose a quiet
countertop, like a solid quartz, to finish the space.” Other $5,000
projects to consider:
your half-bath spectacular. Unique spaces will make your home
memorable and could increase your value by $7,500 or more.
addition of attic bedrooms and basement family rooms can return anywhere from
70 to more than 80% of the money spent.
Add a deck. When selling, a
well-maintained backyard deck can hold 65 to 90% of your investment.
Spring for a new heat
basic model can lower your heating and cooling expenses significantly.
kitchen, considered by all real-estate pros as the most
important room in the house, tops the list. “Replace
cabinet door and door fronts with a style that makes sense with your
architecture,” says Rainey Richardson, a Houston-based interior designer. Paint or stain the kitchen cabinetry to
compliment the space and adjacent areas. Select a new countertop that has some
veining and movement to add interest. Finally, choose a backsplash with a
decorative tile to finish the look. Keep the backsplash simple and remember
that white is the most popular kitchen color with buyers. This update could
increase the value of your home by $20,000 or more. Other $10,000
projects to consider—all courtesy of Rainey Richardson:
Replace the flooring
in your home’s common areas. Bamboo is a beautiful and
Add interior shutters to the windows. This
gives a more finished and custom look to your home.
Replace windows with
new, energy-efficient ones. Collect at least a couple of bids to
ensure you get the best rate.
improvement is one you can enjoy well before you ever list your home.
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