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A handy guide to home improvements


When it comes to home improvements and remodels, apprehension and inexperience often keep homeowners from pursuing projects that would make their homes more functional, comfortable and enjoyable. If the ultimate goal of your home improvement project is to improve aesthetic, the greatest benefit may come from your personal enjoyment of the space. However, if you are looking to add tangible value to your home, there are several projects proven to provide the greatest return on your investment [ROI]. 

Flooring – Replacing and updating worn floors adds instant value to a home. Wood flooring is a timeless selection durable enough to withstand wear, especially in high traffic areas of the home. Wood flooring is versatile and complements a wide range of interior designs. If you already have wood floors, consider having them refinished for a like-new look. In spaces such as laundry rooms and bathrooms, installing new tile is another instant boost to the home’s value. 

Roofing – Re-roofing a home is a project that increases not only the value but the safety and structure of a home. While many roofs have a lifespan of anywhere from 20-30 years, metal roofs are a high-performance option with a lifespan of 50 years or more. Metal roofs are on-trend, strong, fire resistant and come in a variety of color options. 

Landscaping – Curb appeal counts for a lot, whether it’s your own enjoyment of the home or making a good first impression on a potential buyer. When deciding on vegetation and hardscapes, keep in mind that more unconventional styles are better reserved for private spaces such as the backyard. For the street view, stick to something with broad appeal in order to achieve the strongest ROI. 

Entryway – Speaking of first impressions, an outdated entryway is a major eyesore as soon as you walk into a home. New front doors and even new garage doors can dramatically change the look and feel of a home. They also provide for a more secure, safe space.  

Insulation – Insulation tends to be out of sight, out of mind; it’s nothing glamorous and can be forgotten about. However, upgrading your insulation is a sound investment that will reduce energy costs and, should you choose to list your home, will serve as an attractive selling point.

Even if you aren’t ready for a large project, there are many smaller home upgrades and remodels that can make a dramatic change in the aesthetic of your home, such as new countertops and fixtures, or carpet cleaning and fresh paint. Whatever you choose, follow these simple steps to streamline the process.

First, start with a plan. Determine what your home needs and what you hope to accomplish. Make a list of your “must-haves” as well as your “would-be-nice-to-haves.” Consider functionality, design and layout, and don’t hesitate to consult a local interior designer for help. 

Next, set a budget. If you’re like most homeowners, money matters. This will help you narrow down your list of “must-haves” and “nice-to-haves.” Setting a budget goes a long way in ensuring you will enjoy the end result of the project with no regrets.

Then, draw up the plans. You may find that you want to involve a professional at this point for the sake of getting the job done right and saving yourself time. If you’re hiring someone for the project, it’s wise to seek multiple bids, check references and verify the contractor’s standing.

And then, at last, you’re ready to get to work. 

Home improvements do not have to be a stressful process if the proper planning and preparation is done beforehand. In fact, they should be a time of excitement and joy in the intimate home spaces in which so much time is spent. 

Contributed by Family Features [familyfeatures.com]

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