With real estate markets in a bit of a slow-down. More and more homeowners are choosing to make renovations instead of moving into a new home. Cities in the US like Atlanta are a perfect example, with 28% of sellers dropping home prices in September 2018. Companies like Suddath Atlanta are feeling the squeeze. Fortunately, we can turn their bad luck into our gain! Even those of us with limited experience can make noticeable home improvement changes with a little hard work.
1. Refinish kitchen cabinets
Any kind of kitchen or bath remodel will generally bring you the biggest ROI, not to mention bring you the most enjoyment in the meantime. Replacing your kitchen cabinets entirely can run you several thousand dollars, but you can give your entire kitchen a fresh, new look for a fraction of that. You can either remove the cabinets and paint or refinish them entirely or just put new doors and hardware on them. You might be surprised how much you can do with just a bit of paint or some new doors.
2. Install a backsplash
Pre-set tiles make it easier than ever to quickly install a tile backsplash. Since you don’t need to tile around edges or corners, tile backsplashes make a great DIY project for even novice tilers. Not only will they enhance the look of and increase the value of your kitchen, but they are also easy to remove or update. If you have an old, out-of-date tile backsplash, you can even replace it with a more modern look.
3. Paint your front door
Painting your front door will not only create a more inviting entry. it can also help boost curb appeal. There is little that adds more value to a home than great curb appeal. When you are painting your door, you might also consider upgrading the hardware and possibly even installing a smart lock.
4. Replace your lighting
Updating light fixtures are possibly one of the simplest DIY projects out there and can have a huge impact. Not only can upgrading the fixtures themselves give your room an immediate wow factor, but modern track lighting also allows you to direct light better, which can improve the look of an entire room. Especially if you’ve recently done some upgrades
5. Update flooring
While linoleum and vinyl flooring are generally considered to be cheap, they make a great choice for high traffic areas like utility or mud rooms and are easy to install. Cork flooring is not only beautiful, but it also makes great insulation and stays warmer underfoot than wood or tile floors. Even engineered wood or bamboo floors are becoming more DIY friendly with new click and lock designs. Laying wood flooring does take a bit more skill around the edges, but not a great deal, and baseboards cover a multitude of flaws.
6. Mind the garden
While making improvements to your home itself is usually a priority, let’s not forget about our yards as well. Adding color and life to the outside of your home is not only lovely, but it will increase the value of your home as well. Digging a semi-circle garden pit (make sure it’s deep enough, 3 to 6 feet) or a flower bed can be done in a weekend by even the most novice gardeners. But be sure to keep your lawn beautiful and safe for children and pets by calling a pest control company before you start rooting around too much.
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