Five home improvement projects that are ROI friendly


Now that the economy is better than it’s been in a while, many homeowners are looking to invest some money into upgrading their home. It’s projected that home remodeling spending will increase by nearly 10% in 2017. If you’re one of the many homeowners looking to do some home remodeling in the coming year, there are some things to consider first.

Are you going to stay or sell?

It’s crucial to start by asking this question. The answer will determine what kind of a remodel you want to do. When you’re remodeling your home because you’re planning on staying a long while and want to make it perfect, there’s no such thing as a wasted project. If it increases your quality of life in your home, it’s worthwhile.

But if there’s a good chance you’ll be selling in the next few years, then you’re going to need to be a little more careful when remodeling. Your main concern should be your return on investment (ROI). The last thing you want to do is sink a fortune into your remodel only to recoup very little when you sell your home. Some remodeling projects will get a much better ROI than others. Here are five ROI friendly home remodeling projects.

Minor kitchen remodel

Kitchens sell homes. Any realtor will tell you. But what many homeowners don’t realize is that a full-scale kitchen makeover can actually make it harder to sell your home if it drives up the home’s value beyond what other homes in the neighborhood are worth. A better strategy is to do a minor kitchen remodel. Spend several thousand to install new countertops, replace the cabinets, and upgrade the lighting. Unless the appliances and the flooring are in bad shape, consider leaving those as they are.

Entry door replacement

According to cost vs. value reports, replacing the front door is the most valuable remodeling project you can do. Best of all, it adds curb appeal and can be done in just an hour or two. Spend a little more on a steel door to get the best return on your investment.

Window replacement

Homeowners are more concerned with being environmentally conscious than ever before. Many home buyers are willing to pay extra for energy efficient windows so it’s a good idea to replace your existing ones with the most energy efficient windows you can find.

Attic bedrooms

Adding bedrooms is the more surefire way to increase your home’s value. Converting an attic space into a bedroom can cost quite a bit of money but much of that will be recouped and you get to enjoy the use of it as long as you remain in your home. If you’ve got a den or home office that isn’t being used for its intended purpose, you can turn that into a bedroom as well just by adding a closet.

Deck additions

Adding a wood deck in your backyard for barbequing and entertaining guests will run you about $6,000 but you can expect to get back about 80% when you sale and you’ll have a great deck so your family and friends can enjoy the outdoors a little more.

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How to Successfully Remodel Your Kitchen


We have all heard horror stories about kitchen remodeling projects, which is often enough to sway most of us away from the idea of remodeling our kitchens. The truth is, remodeling your kitchen does not have to be a terrible experience, and it does not have to drain your savings account. We live in a world of DIY projects, and no matter where you lie on the creativity scale, there are several projects you can complete without a professional for much less money than you would think they would cost. Here are some ways you can ensure that your kitchen remodel is a success.

Creating a plan

In order for your kitchen remodeling project to be successful, you first have to steer away from the idea of having everything in your kitchen custom made. Consider working with what you already have in order to save money. Create a solid budget, and stick to it. If something does not fit into your budget, you do not need it. Conduct heavy research so you find your materials for the best prices, and wait for materials to go on sale before you purchase them. Lastly, before any construction starts, make sure you have a system in place for how you and your family will access the necessities without getting hurt by or in the way of construction.

Considering functionality

It is easy to become overwhelmed when choosing which upgrades to install into your kitchen. The easiest way to decide which upgrades your kitchen needs is by making sure each upgrade makes your kitchen more functional. Decoholic recommends that you always put functionality ahead of the décor and fashion of your kitchen, because you will definitely appreciate convenience over beauty, especially if you spend most of your time in your kitchen. Avoid crazy shapes and colors as they will surly go in and out of style quickly, and you will spend even more money trying to modernize them. Stick to classic looks, and focus on functionality.

Upgrades worth investment

Whether or not you are planning on selling your home, you should always make sure your kitchen upgrades increase the value of your home, and that means investing money in certain upgrades. Wood flooring will always increase the value of a home, as well as granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. While these upgrades are costly, the will always be in style, and they will greatly increase the value of your home, not to mention they are known to stand the tests of time. If you want to put most of your budget towards upgrades like these, consider minor upgrades that are less money such as simply painting your cabinets and updating the hardware to give your kitchen a new and updated look while allowing most of your budget to go towards the expensive upgrades.

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Going Green in Your Home

More and more homeowners are looking to go green in their homes for several reasons.  Primary reasons for going green are to create a healthy environment, and to save hundreds of dollars on utility bills.  Finally homeowners are realizing just how much money they can save with a few minor changes to their lifestyle.  For years, people believed that going green was expensive, and while there are still several green upgrades that are a hefty price, there are many green upgrades that are extremely affordable.  Here are a few ways homeowners all over the country are going green in their homes.

Cutting back on electricity

It is not uncommon to receive your electric bill and want to pass out at the sight of how expensive it is.  Following your family around the house to make sure that no electricity is wasted is next to impossible, and will not save you much on your bill.  Instead, make minor changes like using hand-cranked kitchen appliances instead of electric ones.  Believe it or not, you do not have to be an engineer to make solar chargers.  You can find several tutorials at all skill levels online for how to create solar chargers, and you will be amazed how much electricity you will save by unplugging all those wall chargers.  Lastly, your AC has to work over time to keep your home cold if there are gaps underneath your doors that allow the air to escape, so use some rice and heavy fabric to create draft stoppers to slide underneath doors and keep your cool air in.

Green cleaning and organizing

Part of going green is getting rid of unnecessary clutter that takes up valuable space and energy.  Keeping a clean home benefits the environment in many ways, especially if you clean with natural products such as lemon juice, baking soda and vinegar according to Buzzfeed.  Using natural cleaning products keeps the air in your home and surrounding your home free from harmful chemicals and can clean your house just as well or even better than chemical products.  Cleaning and organizing your home is a great place to start when going green.

Recycle and repurpose

Those who are truly living a green lifestyle understand the importance of recycling and repurposing items.  Purchase or create reusable market bags that you can take to the grocery store with you and avoid using plastic bags.  Plastic is one of those products that damages the earth and is not biodegradable, so often causes problems for animals as well as the environment.  Replace your dryer sheets with reusable wool balls which work just as effectively and save you money.  Lastly, instead of plastic sandwich bags, make waterproof sandwich bags out of beeswax cloth that comes in fun colors and patterns and saves you money as well as creates a healthy environment.

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