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Easy Improvements That May Boost The Value of Your Home

Guest post by John Miller. Contact John at john-miller@outlook.com

When homeowners think of home improvements, they may see the task as something terribly challenging and expensive that may take weeks to finish. However, for simple projects around the home, this is not the case. The following is a list of jobs that you can tackle in a few days that will increase its value and not break the bank.

Kitchen

An easy way to freshen up the look of your kitchen is to make sure your appliances match. While getting all new appliances can be a strain on your pocketbook, the manufacturer may be able to provide a new front that you can apply on your own. Whether you have stainless steel, black or white items, getting everything to mesh can add value to your dwelling. You can also head to your local home improvement store and change the fixtures on your cabinets and drawers.

Bathroom

The bathroom is another critical area of a home for home buyers. If you’re looking to boost your house value without having to spend a lot of time or money, you want to try sprucing up your hardware. This means replacing faucets, toilet seats, showerheads and door knobs. Towel racks, toilet paper holders and shower bars when replaced can also capture the attention of a buyer.

Master Bedroom

When you’re looking for easy fixes that will improve a home’s value, sometimes a fresh coat of paint to the master bedroom can brighten a room. While you may love purples, browns and burgundy, neutral colors are light, bright and simple to decorate. You can also replace your worn rug with something new and plush.

Garage

The garage is one of the most overlooked rooms of a home. It may house tools, gardening equipment and cars, but it can typically make or break your dwelling in the eyes of a buyer. Epoxy floors can make the floor appear brand new and alleviate cracks and stains. Shelving and storage units can house items such as nails, hoses, sprinkler heads, flower pots and tools. This will leave you more room to store your cars and move around comfortably.

Curb Appeal

The outside of your dwelling is the first thing a buyer sees. It also can encourage them to tour the inside or move on to the next. To make your home more appealing, you want to replace or clean worn or dilapidated doors in the front. The outside should also be freshly painted and free from chips or peeling paint. Flowers, small shrubs and trees can also make your house visually appealing. Add personal touches such as a seasonal wreath on the front door to make it even inviting.

Defective Windows

The new buyers will probably test your windows to see if they can open and close properly. Whether to catch a fresh breeze on a beautiful spring day or because of safety reasons, you’ll want to replace defective windows with ones that work. While replacing new windows can be costly, sometimes all it takes is a change in hardware for them to go up and down more smoothly.

Eco-Friendly Touches

Today’s home buyer is environmentally savvy. In addition to helping save the planet, simple changes can even help lower your utility costs. You can start by replacing your regular thermostat with something programmable. This allows the homeowner to set the temperature to a decent setting when they’re not home during the day or night. Eco-friendly fixtures, shower heads, faucets and toilets can save precious water. If you’re ready to purchase a new appliance, look for the Energy Star variety. You may be awarded tax breaks and refunds when you replace the items with something more efficient.

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