Spring is almost here, which means it’s officially time to start considering this year’s home improvement projects. Maintaining a house is a lot of work, and a single year of laxness can leave room for serious damage. It’s also important to keep up on home improvement if you want your home to retain its value. Even if you’re not planning on selling any time soon, it still pays to have a property that’s worth more now than it did when you paid for it. You’ll have to choose this year’s projects based on the particular needs of your home, but here are six great ideas to consider.
As the place where food is prepared, meals are eaten, and family chit chat often occurs, the kitchen just might be the most important room in the house. It’s also the room that suffers most from being obsolete or dated. Ugly colors and worn cabinets are a serious bummer, and old appliances are as unreliable as they are inefficient. A remodel might be an expensive and inconvenient project, but it will greatly improve both the value and the aesthetic of your home.
Bathrooms are another component with a special importance for the value of your home. It turns out that almost everybody appreciates doing their business in a space that is modern, comfortable, and expansive. It’s almost worth remembering just how much time you spend in the bathroom each day, from your morning shower to your nighttime routine. A modest remodel will make it more comfortable and convenient to use this space.
Since it's exposed to the elements, there’s no surprise that your home’s exterior is its most vulnerable component. Whether you live up North with the rain and snow or down South where the humidity takes its toll, your house is bound to take a beating over the course of every year. By replacing your siding, giving your exterior a new paint job, and refurbishing your front entranceway, you can give your home an exterior makeover that will vastly improve its appearance from the road. Not only will this raise the property’s value and make you better about your surroundings, but it will also go down exceedingly well with the neighbors.
Porch Addition Or Extension
Outdoor spaces like porches and patios can greatly add to your home’s entertainment value. Sitting outside when the weather's nice allows you to unwind and relax in a pleasing, natural atmosphere. Decks are also great for entertaining guests, providing the perfect location for cocktail parties and barbecues alike. If your home lacks a porch, then consider having one built this spring. Alternatively, if you already have a porch, consider getting it extended so you’ll have more room to work with.
With a bit of initiative and a modest investment, you can turn your unfinished basement into one of the most beautiful rooms in your home. While cement walls and exposed boilers are hardly ideal for a hangout, the plaster walls and carpeted floors of a finished basement are great for family and guests alike.
Not only are older windows often difficult to open and close, but they’re also obnoxiously drafty. Letting outside air into the home can give you a chill and force your HVAC system to work overtime, which will cause your utility bills to soar. Replacing your old windows is a no-brainer because it’s a simple project with numerous benefits. After a single day’s work, you’ll eliminate those drafts, cut down on your future bills, and do your part to lessen your carbon footprint.