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2019-07-12 16:24:29
Weekend Projects That Give High Re-Sale Value | REALTY MASTERS STL

'There is no place like home', but your home is also an investment.  It needs maintenance and improvements to protect it's value.

Here are 5 weekend projects that provide high re-sale value.

1. Repaint Your Kitchen Cabinets

When it comes to smart investment in your home, the kitchen is one of the best places to start. Buyers expect kitchens to be updated. Stone countertops, stainless appliances and sleek flooring all make a space feel modern.  Obviously, these changes require a lot of money and, sometimes, a lot of time.  That’s why you can tackle it in bits and start first with your cabinets.

Old wooden cabinets with equally dated hardware — think oak doors with shiny brass handles — don’t require a complete gut job.  Instead, spend a weekend repainting them a more neutral hue.  Finish the project off with new metallic knobs and pulls to complete the modernized look.

2. Make the Eye Go up With Crown Molding

Most homes have roughly the same ceiling heights, but there’s a little trick to make yours look bigger — crown molding. Yes, that white line at the top of your painted walls will draw eyes upward, making the room appear airier than it may very well be.

The project is easy enough to complete, too.  You might not be able to install molding throughout your entire home over a single weekend, but you can certainly tackle the project on a room-by-room basis.  Again, start with the spaces likely to draw in the most attention:

  • Kitchens
  • Bathrooms
  • Living spaces
  • Master bedrooms

These tend to be the make-or-break rooms when it comes to a big purchase.  Crown molding adds a bit of detail, a feeling of luxury that’ll certainly add to the bottom line.

3. Boost Curb Appeal — and Backyard Bonuses

Another DIY project should be a landscape overhaul of your front yard.  It can be something as simple as adding a path of pavers to your front yard or sprucing up your flowerbeds with colorful blooms.  

Another easy fix — your garage door.  It has a great return on investment.

You don’t have to stop with the front of your home.  Especially if you live in a climate that permits lots of outdoor activity, you’ll want a backyard to match.  Some may require you rent or buy tools for landscaping and other applications, but imagine the payoff with, for example, the beauty of a functioning fire pit in your backyard.  

4. Beautify the Bathrooms

Bathrooms have a big effect on buyers.  They expect clean, modern updates, just like in the kitchen.  Overhauling your powder room is an easy weekend task that might require small swaps, such as a new modern light fixture over the vanity or a new vanity altogether.

Your full bathrooms will require a bit more attention. Again, look in the familiar places:

  • Lighting fixtures
  • Cabinets
  • Hardware
  • Countertops
  • Tile

You don’t have to shell out a ton of money to have someone else re-tile a wall or backsplash in your bathroom, either, if you have the patience to demo and tile the space yourself.

5. Out With the Really Old

Some accents once considered fresh and fashionable now give your home a dated appearance. You probably already know what in your home screams 70s, 80s or 90s. Whatever it is should go in due course.

The list of outdated design elements is truly endless, but some of the biggest offenders are old-school wallpaper, the floor-to-ceiling wood paneling that may or not be actual wood, and, of course, popcorn ceilings. 

Roll up your sleeves and invest some time and effort in your home.  You will reap the rewards for a long time to come.

Source:  RIS Media

Other articles that may interest you:  Home Staging on a Budget, What You Need to Know When Taking on a Home Improvement Project, Tips For Getting the Most Money Out of a Home Sale
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