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By Tara-Nicholle Nelson | Broker in San Francisco, CA

10 High Impact Home Improvements You Can Do for $10K or Less

For all the focus we put on transactions – buying and selling – the truth is that for most of your life as a real estate consumer, you’ll be a homeowner.  And because your home is so much more than just a transactional asset, a widget to be traded and tweaked only for financial reasons, it makes sense to spend some portion of your time, energy and money making it really work for you.

Unfortunately, what too many of us do is wait until we can save up or pull out tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars to make a major move: build on an addition, gut and remodel the kitchen, turn the basement into a media room extraordinaire.  And many times, that means we never do the project, or we only do it when it’s time to sell and move.

The fact is, there are numerous remodeling projects that can crank up your enjoyment factor at home, for the much more accessible sum of $10,000.  Here’s my hit list of the top 10 things you can do for 10K, if you’re in your home and planning to stay put for a while:

1.      Crank up the curb appeal.   We usually talk about curb appeal in the context of sprucing your home up to prep it for sale, but I say that it’s also one of the most cost-effective home improvement projects for homeowners who are staying put in terms of life-improving bang for the home improvement buck. There’s just something about loving the way your home looks when you drive up to it day after day, or when you have people over, that dramatically increases your enjoyment of home. 

Depending on which projects you’d like to do and whether you’re interested in doing any of the work yourself, you can crank up your curb appeal for just a few hundred dollars or a few thousand. Here are a few vision-starting curb appeal-boosting projects to consider:

  • Exterior paint or power wash
  • Paint or install a new garage door
  • Paint or install a new front door
  • Paint or install new trims (shutters, eaves, etc.)
  • New exterior hardware (door kickplate, mailbox, house numbers, etc.)
  • Exterior or landscape lighting
  • Front yard landscaping spruce-up or makeover

 2.     Get rid of a wall. You might be a homeowner now, but hearken back to your days as a house hunter.  You might remember seeing homes and wishing for what is easily the #1 remodel fantasy of homeowners to be: knocking down a wall.  In my experience the wall home buyers-cum-owners love to hate the most is the one between kitchen and dining room, far and away.  Opening a kitchen and dining room into one larger, brighter space holds particular appeal for those who enjoy gathering family and friends to entertain at their homes, without isolating the cook/host.

The next most common wall people crave to eliminate is a wall between two small bedrooms. 

Now, agents and appraisers will tell you that turning two small bedrooms into one poses the potential to decrease the resale value of a home – and that’s true. But if you’re not planning to sell anytime soon, it might be worthwhile doing it anyway, especially if it renders two barely usable rooms into one user-friendly space.  And in fact, this wall is often relatively inexpensive to remove – and to replace, if you decide to do so.

In fact, removing walls, even structural walls, is highly feasible and much less expensive than many home owners assume.  (If a load-bearing wall is removed, the structural component can often be preserved and finished, by simple leaving a beam at the ceiling.) What can jack the price up is the relocation of plumbing or wiring contained in the wall being removed. Reconnecting interruptions in flooring and adding in things like an island or the other remodeling line items that can go along with opening a kitchen up (e.g., adding an island, new cabinets and counters, etc.) can also add up. Check with a reputable local contractor to consult on how such a project can be planned and executed efficiently.

 3.    Swap out the old windows for dual-paned.  This is one of those $10K-ish projects that actually can pay for itself over time. Switching out your old single paned windows for new dual-paned ones might make your home look better, but it will definitely make your home operate more efficiently – and more comfortably.  Dual-paned windows minimize heat-loss in the winter and keep the cool air in, in the summer, so you’re not trying to heat up and cool down the whole outdoors through the leaks in your windows. They’re also a must if you have street noise or other noise challenges around your home; the extra insulation traps noise before it can get to you, inside your home.

As with everything, costs vary by location and by the quality of window you choose, but you can use $200-300/window, installed, as a rough rule of thumb.  Some older homes can require wood repair of rotted out window frames, in the course of switching to dual-paned, which can increase the project cost significantly. Also, many cities and states offer rebates for installing dual paned windows (and making other energy-efficient upgrades, by the by), which can dramatically defray the costs of this particular remodeling project. 

4.      Extend your living areas outdoors. The National Outdoor Kitchen and Fireplace Association pegs the average cost of an outdoor kitchen at $12,000 to $15,000 on average – so, if you can cut costs, find appliances on sale or do some of the work yourself,  you might just be able to get one in your own backyard for the $10,000 price point.  Outdoor kitchens can be as simple as a table and grill, or as complex as having wood-burning ovens, refrigerators and big-screen televisions.  Whatever route you go, the appliances are likely to be the single most expensive line-item of an outdoor kitchen. If you can tolerate the high-class problem of bringing your food from indoors, you can very cost-effectively create an outdoor living room complete with weather-proof furniture and lighting, in your backyard instead.

The major remodeling return-on-investment indices don’t track the return on outdoor living spaces, but experience tells me that well-executed outdoor kitchen and living rooms are both extremely fun to live with – and extremely desirable to the buyers to whom you will eventually be marketing your home.

5.      New kitchen appliances.  In terms of sheer functionality, new kitchen appliances can create an overwhelming upgrade to your family’s everyday life. A new fridge will run you anywhere from $350 to $2,000 on average (though French door, custom and commercial versions can cost upwards of $10,000 or more); a new stove/oven range can run anywhere from $300 to $6,000 (with the commercial, 40-inch ranges running from $9,000 to $20,000+) and an appliance store dishwasher will cost you somewhere around $250 to $1,600.

 6.    Swap out your carpet.  Listen, you might LOVE carpet.  And if you do, that’s fantastic.  But many Americans are living with carpet they really, really dislike, whether because of its color, its condition or the upkeep and maintenance it requires.  If you have $10K and you can’t stand your carpet, you can estimate that it’ll run you about $300-$500 per room to replace it with new carpet, or $1500-$2000 per room to replace it with hardwood, depending – obviously – on where you live, how large your rooms are and what specific materials you choose in terms of the replacement floors. 

 7.     Bring a bathroom into this millennium.  The average cost of a bathroom remodel in America is right around $16,000, according to Remodeling Magazine, but that lumps master bathrooms in with powder rooms and the like. I say there are dozens of things you can do to your hall or other bathrooms to bring them into the 21st century for well under the $10,000 mark.  For example, my Jacuzzi tubs are probably the most-used “appliances” in my home – homewyse.com pegs the average cost of swapping your tub for a jetted one at somewhere between $1500 and $3500.

And last year, I traded up my hall bathroom sink and faucet for top-of-the-line versions for right around $1,000, installed.

In fact, there are a number of thousand-dollar-or-less bathroom power-tweaks suggested by Consumer Reports – if you’re committed and smart, you can group a number of them into a bathroom that feels like new for well under $10,000:

  • Replace the vanity with a new wood model that has a stone counter.
  • Add a new mirror and faucet. Alternatively, keep your current vanity but replace your toilet and faucet and add a new vinyl floor.
  • Improve lighting and ventilation with a new combination light and exhaust fan. One with a heat setting will keep you from getting chilled when you get out of the shower.
  • Add a set of sconces on either side of the mirror or medicine cabinet.
  • Update towel bars, hooks, toothbrush and toilet paper holders, and cabinet hardware. Add matching shelves for your towels and toiletries.
  • Switch your standard showerhead to one with multiple settings, including a pulsating or massage setting.
  • Keep your towels toasty with a heated towel bar, some of which cost $100 or less.

 8.     Build in organizing systems.  Clutter is an energy vampire – there’s nothing like having a place for everything and everything in its place to create the sense that your life is in control. And one of the most significant advantages to owning your own home is that you can customize it to manage your stuff and your activities, rather than being forced to fit your things into someone else’s system. If you have $10K in hand to make your home more ‘you,’ consider having custom organizing systems built into your closet, office, pantry or garage, tailored to your family’s stuff and needs. 

The range of pricing here is vast, depending on whether you buy an off-the-shelf closet organizer at the home improvement store and install it yourself or call California Closets out to measure your shoes and sporting goods and input them into a custom design, complete with hydraulics. 

 9.    Paint.  A few years back, there was a study on what home improvements actually could be linked to an increase in happiness and well-being.  One of the most affordable was to simply paint the rooms of your home in colors that fostered the target emotions that map to the function of the room. For instance, painting a bedroom a soft blue or green fosters tranquility and rest, while painting a kitchen or dining room a warmer shade might promote the cozy fuzzy feelings of family togetherness.  Painting can be very affordable, depending on your home’s size and details, and is a great starter do-it-yourself project, to boot.

My personal cost-cutting tip: pick your colors from the designer paint swatches, but have the paint department staff use more affordable paint when they custom-mix the colors to mix.

 10.  Connect your home. When so-called “smart home” systems first came out, they were the stuff of an MTV Cribs episode, costing tens of thousands of dollars to put various home systems on a remote control.  But as with all technologies, costs of connecting your home have come down – a lot. For anywhere from $200 to $2,000, you might be able to have your home’s systems wired so that you can:

  • Control lighting, heating and AC remotely
  • Have your HVAC systems and window coverings, for example, work in sync
  • Monitor your home via video and sensors for security and other home crises (e.g., flood, etc.), no matter where you are.

The best part? Even the least expensive of these systems now is able to be run via a smartphone app.  Home security providers are increasingly offering these options, and even some home internet/telephone providers have also gotten into the business of affordably connecting your home.

If you’re considering making a modest investment in a home you plan to own for a while, you’re increasingly in the norm. Studies show that over 50% of homeowners are now focusing on smaller home improvement projects that increase their enjoyment of their homes - even if they don't increase its value. 

All:  Do you fall into this group? What $10,000-or-less projects have you done at home that boosted your enjoyment?

Comments

By maconcourier,  Thu Nov 1 2012, 11:30
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By maconcourier,  Thu Nov 1 2012, 11:34
By maconcourier, Thu Nov 1 2012, 11:30
By Contessa,  Thu Nov 1 2012, 12:09
High end? Windows--GOOD windows. Spending the extra $$ for wood or wood-clad windows in historic homes, getting simulated divided lights. Every time you crank that casement hardware it feels good in your hand. And they last 2x as long as vinyl, or more, so they pay for themselves too. Far and away--good windows. Skip the vinyl if you're in an historic home. Ultra-cheap and immensely satisfying on curb appeal = house numbers and landscape. Taking out some old horrible junipers was simply labor on my part plus paying a stump grinder almost nothing. Plenty of drought-friendly tree-trained shrubs to get that will fill in in two years.
By Catrina Brooks,  Thu Nov 1 2012, 12:56
Excellent article. Keep up the good work!
By Lori,  Thu Nov 1 2012, 13:02
tara, you are amazing! LOVE your blog. as usual, informative and super useful. thanks for being an awesome resource!

lori fischer
http://www.rethinkhomeinteriors.com
By Laura,  Thu Nov 1 2012, 13:05
Tara, I always look forward to and enjoy your articles. Well written, accessible and common-sense. I wish more agents had your smarts.
By Bruce Chronister,  Thu Nov 1 2012, 13:36
You have hit upon nearly everything I have placed on my agenda. Boy--you are so very smart! And, Laura, it's more than smarts...there's creative vision, intuitiveness, daring and OPENMINDEDNESS, etc., etc. . . . .
By Ellisaana,  Thu Nov 1 2012, 13:50
One of your better articles, Tara, with a lot of useful information.
As to curb appeal: remember, even if you aren't moving, someone else in your neighborhood might be. We live in an older neighborhood. Some blocks are well-kept. Others, not so.
Last year, the fixer-upper house across the street from us sold quickly, even though there were other fixer uppers on nearby streets which are still on the market.
Our new neighbors said, the appearance of the other houses on our block (ours and others) attracted them to buy here. They immediately cleaned up their new home's yard and facade to make it fit in.
By Carol Alaniz,  Thu Nov 1 2012, 13:55
Put in a huge bay window in our living room. Before, we had just a large picture window with two slider windows on the side. They leaked badly. The bay is beautiful, trimmed in oak which we stained ourselves. The bay opens up the living room and we have had people tell us 'what a difference'. The rest of our living room is still sort of 'the dumps'. Old plaster that is failing and needs to be replaced with drywall and also, walls need to be insulated. But, we love the window and for $1200, (on sale) we couldn't beat the deal we got and window has 25 yr warranty for any type of problem, even the casement crank handles.
By Michael Corbett,  Thu Nov 1 2012, 14:04
Great stuff here, Tara! Current homeowners will definitely find this helpful!
By Ruth Howard,  Thu Nov 1 2012, 14:31
I love this article!
By James P. Furlong,  Thu Nov 1 2012, 14:41
Great advice here.
By J.Vince,  Thu Nov 1 2012, 15:00
This article made me feel a WHOLE lot better about the improvements we just made! We painted the shutters, door, placed new hardware throughout, new Stainmaster carpet, updated light fixtures, painted the inside neutral designer colors, updated appliances to SS, and placed granite counters in kitchen. We've done ALL of this for less than 10K! Hoping it pays off when we turn around and sale:) BTW, our curb appeal is awesome now with new paint. The landscaping was already great...the paint gave it the WOW factor:)
By Adrian Harrell,  Thu Nov 1 2012, 15:10
Adding value to your home is great advice while you are there to enjoy it. Often times people work on their homes right before selling it. Why not enjoy the updates/ upgrades while you live in the home?
By Sukh Sagar,  Thu Nov 1 2012, 15:23
Some good good advise.
By Jgreer4,  Thu Nov 1 2012, 15:48
We've done most of this. Still can't sell our manufactured home as it is a rental community. Most are in Fl. Sure is discouraging. People don't realize if you buy a home for $30-50k in Fl it's old, not up to hurricane codes, needs the grey plumbing changed out, new a/c, roof, and is not plaster inside. Lots of repairs to do with them. They aren't thinking about this just the initial price. We've priced at 95k for a 2004 home with everything ready to go and up to date, furnished with new furniture. Two miles away they are selling for over 100k for 25 year old homes in communities they own their property. Something wrong here. Love you column. Keep up the good work.
By Jay Cahill,  Thu Nov 1 2012, 15:49
Great Article.
Paint is your main thing when it comes to a house being Clean!
You could replace cabinets and other items that will cost you, but everybody has their own taste.
Freash Paint!!
And No I am Not a Painter!
By Mom,  Thu Nov 1 2012, 16:26
We have done many things that you suggested - new windows, new siding/paint, new kitchen, new bath. One other thing is newer updated base molding & crown molding add that something extra!
By Napi Ippolito,  Thu Nov 1 2012, 17:31
Restoring, replacing or adding architecturally appropriate fireplace mantle, surround, hearth, & mirror or decorative feature to top it off brings old rooms that have been stripped of their dignity back into their own as great places to be. Even if the fireplace is not going to be rehabilitated for actual burning at the same time, the inside can be temporarily air-sealed to prevent heat loss from the room with only the exterior restored for atmosphere. For considerable warmth along with the historic room environment, many new chimney liners & energy-efficient fireplace inserts are both appealing & affordable.

A note on the upgrade of window replacements: please be sure that the installer calks or otherwise seals the frame to the walls, including at the top & bottom. Distressing how many new windows are perfectly sealed only within themselves & then poorly secured to the house, allowing a homeowner's budget to drain from energy leakage ALL the way around the frame. The source of such energy loss is less likely to be detected than if it were a rattling old window because the draft is directly felt only by someone slam-up beside the wall, yet when multiple new "sealed" windows are oozing your expensive warm- or cool-conditioned air from the frames, your comfort-level will suffer as well as your return on investment.

Signed: Another Loyal Fan of Ask Tara
By Design Solutions,  Thu Nov 1 2012, 17:33
Love the idea of updating, too many homeowners move in and never think of doing this...then they are ready to sell and uh oh!
Removing walls, I'm with the open idea but with heating costs now-a-days and the price of energy...those connected rooms that can be closed off are not all that bad.
Paint is my all time fav inexpensive big bang!
By Henrietta Wright,  Thu Nov 1 2012, 17:41
Thank you for the advice.

Henrietta
By Clplumer,  Thu Nov 1 2012, 18:06
Make sure you check your local Re-Store for appliances, materials, furniture. You'll help yourself AND contribute to Habitat for Humanity.

Examples:
$1,000 Kohler loo for $125.
Top of the line Kohler lavatory and commode with gold faucets for $225--installation estimate for new 1/2 bath, an additional $1600.
New $900 European kitchen faucet for $125
Used, but totally functional (so far) top-of-the-line Bosch dishwasher for $125, list$2,000.
You have to be opportunistic (take what may be two projects down the line, or a slightly different design) when it shows up.
It's worth looking at at least weekly.
Kitchen cabinets--you can't believe
Doors, windows, new, custom, and period
Tile, laminate, all the stuff to install
Tools: Craftsman radial arm saw $175

Latest score: period Chippendale loveseat--great condition $300--required $60 professional cleaning.
By byyall,  Thu Nov 1 2012, 18:44
We live in SC where the weather is mostly great. We have upgraded our 1250 sq ft house A LOT over the past 6-10 years. We did open the living room to dining room area (already right beside kitchen). You would NOT believe the difference it made in making the house look much larger. We have upgraded both bathrooms, master bedroom, guest bedroom, "dog's" room. Only my office is off limits!
We also have a 2500 sq ft building on our property. 9'ceilings and walk through attic, all electric. We had thought of turning it into a sort of large den, but we feared since it is on 22" of cement the plumbing might not work right. Any suggestions from anyone who has done this?
By Nancy Rothrock,  Thu Nov 1 2012, 18:52
Replaced tilt-up fireplace that was cracked where attached to the house and unusable for under $10,000.
By lroth,  Thu Nov 1 2012, 20:23
We purchased our home and were able to chop about 20K off the asking price because a number of these projects were not done. Great home, just needed some TLC. New paint, new fence, and landscaping has the outside looking great. Now for the inside. It is great to do this with the home you are moving into rather than to the home you are moving from. Great article.
By Gail Coplin,  Thu Nov 1 2012, 21:14
I live across the street from two very nice do-it-yourselfers. At first they did a very nice remodel, but then got carried away and added more and more stuff. Trolls, fences, solar birds, flowers, butterflies, trellises,fountains...I feel like I live across the street from a mini-Disneyland. When you remodel, you need an overall plan, or your place will look patchy. Better to do some upgrades in several areas than have a fabulous kitchen or bathroom in a tired old house. It is easy to run out of energy or money, or your tastes change (oooh...That is SO yesterday!) or styles change. That outdoor kitchen? Wait until a windy day and you get to clean it up. The more you put of yourself in a place, the less the buyer can envisage himself or herself in it. OK, I'm done preaching.
By Manuel Ramirez,  Fri Nov 2 2012, 01:54
Thanks for the nice article Tara. Also home that updated frequently sell faster and gets good resale value.
By Joann Gallo,  Fri Nov 2 2012, 02:07
please, send no more e-mails.
By Joann Gallo,  Fri Nov 2 2012, 02:09
I seem unable to unscribe from this service. I have already sold my home and purchased another. Trulia was no help at all . Please stop sending e-mails
By Caroline,  Fri Nov 2 2012, 04:58
Dont forget the trim... as a buyer I would spend more on a home with good crown moulding and deep baseboards, and chair rail etc than a useless jet tub in the bathroom... built in bookshelves too and a classical fireplace turn a house into a good quality home...
By Lynn Caison Johnson,  Fri Nov 2 2012, 06:32
Thanks for sharing...GREAT info! Posted to the Lynn Johnson Realty, Inc., Broker facebook page & mentioned your contribution. Well done!
By Lori Mcwilliams,  Fri Nov 2 2012, 08:53
Joann, go to your name in the top right, click the drop down, email preferences and unclick the weekly emails button. Hope that does it for you.
By Ellisaana,  Fri Nov 2 2012, 14:52
Now that the dogs and kids are gone, we decided it is time to spruce up the house. We have ripped out all the old, spoiled carpet and are repainting all the rooms.
We are not painting everything in real estate white, because I can't live with beigy white walls. Instead, we are using a palette of pale neutral greens, near-white blues and pale lemon yellows carefully chosen to work with each room's prevailing light.
We have also replaced all the electrical outlets and switches so they are uniform throughout the house. (my husband is a certified electrician)
There is not much we can do with the low ceilings (The house was built during the early 1970's fuel crisis.) The trick is not drawing attention to them.
We can't easily replace the windows because they are odd-sized and were installed before the siding was. When my husband built the addition, he went back to the original home builder to find matching windows. The house was resided and reroofed a few years ago after a hail storm. Replacing the windows and the siding now would not be cost effective.
To update the look of the windows, we removed all the heavy old drapes and cheap roll-up shades. We replaced these with snow white, cordless top-down, bottom-up cellular shades fitted to mount inside the window frames. We bought them online and they were a bit pricy as we have odd sized windows.
The effect is a crisp, clean and modern look uniformaly throughout the house. Top-down allows us to reveal some sky at the top while still providing privacy. Of course, they will stay behind if we move. My husband suggested going cheaper, with corded shades. But, I insisted on cordless because they would be appreciated by potential buyers with children. Many times men don't notice window treatments, but women really do.
By Duc Vuong,  Sun Nov 4 2012, 09:01
nice article
By Florette Melton,  Sun Nov 4 2012, 10:26
One big you item you left off is the tankless hot water heater and all the credits that go with installing natural gas if available. Amazing are the savings over propane and the emotional lift knowing you are more "green" and totally energy efficient while you are living in your home before finally selling at some future point.
By Mwagner59,  Mon Nov 5 2012, 01:36
Great recommendations. Why not enjoy the fruits of your labor and also reap the benefits when you sell. Doing the right upgrades can make all the difference. I have been upgrading and updating my home since I bought it about 12 years ago. It was built in 1979 and still had the original wall paper, fixtures, cabinets and flooring. I worked on one room at a time, beginning with gutting the kitchen, down to the bare walls and installing solid wood cabinets in 2001; two years ago I upgraded the counter tops to granite; over the years, I have pulled up the carpet in all living spaces and bathrooms and replaced with ceramic; new carpet in bedrooms; all new door fixtures, and light fixtures inside and outside, installed an alarm system; updated both bathrooms with new vanities, swivel mirrors, beveled glass medicine cabinets, and new toilets; the guest bathtub/shower was done by Bathfitters, a beautiful job, and easy upkeep; the master bath already had an extra large tile shower that did not need anything, but a good cleaning and new fixtures; the garage had already been closed in and partially finished, so I finished that, removing the wood paneling and replacing it with sheetrock; also added a 5'x11' walk in closet with a built-in organizer to that room. I changed all the closet doors, installed 2 built-in desks off the kitchen that match the kitchen cabinets, with granite tops, one in the dining area and one in the laundry room; in the laundry room, I added cabinets to match the kitchen, all around and a full length pantry. I also added ceiling fans to every room to cut energy costs.

I had an energy inspection by the electric company and added insulatin as recommended; I did all of this on a very small budget; and since it was spread out over the years, I did not feel the financial strain. I bought my cabinets from a lady who had just bought a new home and did not like the maple cabinets, so she had them removed and I bought them all for $1200.; there were enough cabinets for my kitchen, both bathrooms, laundry room and two built-in desks; I bought the kitchen light fixtures at a garage sale, and all of my door hardware, (lever handles, like I wanted), from Habitat for Humanity along with other odds and ends; the City Water Company provided up to 2 free toilets, if you were trading out toilets that were not a water saving toilets. I actually did a lot of the work myself with some help from friends, my 3 daughters and my son-in-law.

The front and back yard is profesionally landscaped; I added a hot tub in an enclosed gazebo in the back yard; a double brick paver driveway and walkway in front, a brick paver patio in the side yard and 2 in the back yard. Of course everything has been painted inside and outside; the new front door has a beveled glass insert down the center, really adds to the look of the home.

It has been a long journey, but now my girls are grown and we have had the opportunity to enjoy working together on many projects on this house making it a home. Now they are doing the same with their own homes. I am ready to sell now since I no longer need a 4 bedroom home, and I really do not have anything I need to do to prepare the house in order to sell it. It is move in ready.

By rustics345,  Wed Nov 7 2012, 16:00
It's worth your weight in gold to have it professionally staged. The cost is so minimal to make the next people fall in love with it. A staged house is a sold house. http://www.spacesbydebbie.com
By Mark Acantilado,  Tue Nov 13 2012, 02:12
Additionally, one can focus on the very important factors that affect home value as it ages. The foundation system that makes the property stand, and several more factors like landscaping and paint, which is already included.

Remodeling or revamping some parts of the property or home can also help improve home impression in the market and to home buyers prospects.
By Julia Mitchel,  Thu Nov 15 2012, 17:20
I am 51 and have been a home owner since I was 24 years old. One thing I have always done is to make at least one home improvement every Spring. Some years more than one project. I have always felt if we didn't stay on top of improvements, before long, there would be too many needed to ever get our house updated. By choosing one every year, I feel our home will hold it's resale value much better. One year might be a patio, sidewalks, bathroom or kitchen remodel, painting, replacing guttering, buying outdoor storage shed, etc. These are just a few of the yearly projects I have done over the years.
By Fred Van Allen,  Fri Nov 30 2012, 07:04
I am a certified GREEN Realtor. Some upgrades along the lines of energy will also qualify for rebates. A UCLA study shows that a GREEN Label home can sell for up to 9% more.
By Voices Member,  Fri Jan 4 2013, 13:44
I'm glad that I found this. My wife and I would love to do some home improvements but haven't been sure where to start. A friend recommended looking here for help: http://www.sunroomwny.com/. What would you suggest?
By Max Jon,  Mon Mar 11 2013, 02:24
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By Voices Member,  Tue May 21 2013, 13:50
This article is awesome! It just makes me think: what if I had 50,000 to invest into my home instead of just 10,000? Thank you for the insights.

David | http://www.minit-tune.com
By Voices Member,  Thu Sep 5 2013, 16:25
I used my last tax return to put in my 10k fund. I am almost half way there, Tara! :)

David | http://www.eyewearplace.com/edmonton.html
By Jordan West,  Thu Sep 12 2013, 14:15
My sister just did some exterior remodeling in Utah. There was a great company that really helped her out. http://www.burbachexteriors.com/
By davidbend125,  Mon Oct 7 2013, 15:33
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By Paige Walker,  Tue Mar 4 2014, 01:32
Nice post. very interesting for bathroom-remodeling enthuasiast, I think it will helps a lot.

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By karablader,  Thu Jul 24 2014, 10:26
My parents just went through all of this while they were preparing to put their house on the market. They were able to sell their home very quickly. My mom says she is really glad they remodeled their kitchen beforehand. It was a big factor in selling their house, apparently.
Kara Blader | http://www.renovations.rdinet.com/your-project/
By Amber Johnson,  Fri Jul 25 2014, 07:26
I agree that nice windows add value to a home. I love all the natural light that comes through my windows. Having nice, clean, modern windows really improve the look of a house!

Amber Johnson | http://www.pnrscreens.ca
By fosterkicks99,  Wed Aug 20 2014, 10:00
We used to live in hurricane alley. Replacing our regular windows with high impact windows was a great move for us. It helped make the house more desirable when we had to sell it.
Michael Foster http://www.armorvue.com/windows/impact-windows/
By reynoldsc99,  Fri Aug 22 2014, 10:42
These are great tips. I like what you say about the curb appeal. Landscaping is important for any home with a yard. Keep in mind that buyers tend to look for landscaping that is easy to take care of. You can just add a lawn and buy some landscaping stones. Your yard will look great and it will not require much care.

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By garypuntman,  Thu Sep 25 2014, 15:43
I think that a bathroom renovation would help make my home look so much better. I am sure it would add some value too. I think this is one of the biggest home improvements. http://www.raybrownejoinery.com.au/bathroom-and-laundry

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