Add Value to Your Home Without Spending a Fortune – Affordable Home Improvement Ideas

They always say that investing in your home is an excellent way to add value. However, with the way it is in this economy you may be asking yourself is it really smart to make a large investment my home? Quality improvements can cost an arm and a leg sometimes. So maybe the question should be how can I maximize the value of my home while minimizing the costs? Where there is a will, there is a way. Here are some home improvement ideas that will keep your costs at a minimum, and your home’s value at its max.

Give the interior of your home a complete face lift.
o It will only cost you less than $1500 to get back that crisp, modern look by painting all the walls and rooms of your home with a fresh coat of paint. Experts say that the price of paint is usually added to your initial asking price upon selling. Along with the new paint job you may want to minimize the clutter take down old family pictures, put them in albums, and simplify your space. If it is something of interest or need, a brand new carpet in the living room and bedrooms will definitely improve the look and feel of your home. If that is not within budget confines, simply get on your hands and knees and clean them all or hire a cleaner.

Give the outdoors and your yard some attention.
o Making the exterior of your home attractive can definitely be inexpensive. Paint your trim a fresh coat of color and take care of little things such as straightening out the bird feeder and whacking at some weeds. Be sure that your front door looks are in good working condition and that your home’s exterior lights and mail box are in good repair as well. Repairing these items will not cost a lot at all, and just the outdoors alone contribute to about 15% of your home’s value. You may purchase smaller accents or simply plant a garden for additional aesthetic appeal.

Refurbish your bathrooms.
o You can literally spend thousands of dollars to upgrading an old bathroom. But if you are thinking about selling, your options may be less limiting. A fresh coat of paint on the wall, along with a brand new toilet and sink may be all you need. You might consider a beautiful vanity along the walls and of course some brand new towels to showcase the bathroom’s attractiveness. This can all be done for around $1000. As you know this is a small investment will help of your adamant asking price.

Impress with your kept kitchen.
o Kitchens are often considered to be the heart of a home. Buyers really want to be impressed with a nice looking, beautifully kept kitchen. Again there is no need to spend a whopping $20,000 for remodeling. If your cabinet doors are worn, you simply replace the doors and bypass installing completely new cabinets. You can quickly modernize your kitchen this way with a fresh new coat of paint. Counter tops are sometimes made of granite or quartz in newly modeled kitchens. However, there are relatively inexpensive stones that look like laminates available in all corners of the world. They are commonly purchased and provide modern kitchens with an almost identical, solid appearance.

o Having a professional install a new laminate or linoleum floor may be one worthwhile expenditure. If you cannot afford that you could always install the peel and stick vinyl tiles on y our own which will only cost you a hundred dollars.

Home Remodeling for the Holidays: Why Home Improvement Shopping Can Mean Big Savings This Season

If you are thinking about home renovations in 2013, then now may be the perfect time to set aside the Christmas shopping for a bit, and tackle those plans head on. Why? Well, when it comes to any home improvement, any professional will tell you that December is generally the slowest month of the year, and many more will tell you that their work flow comes to a near standstill. This means that more contractors are not only available, but probably willing to offer some discounts to push that final job of the year. Furthermore, unless it’s a brand new, shining cordless drill set for dad, most home improvement stores do not see the major rushes that other retailers experience. However, that does not mean the Black Friday sales aren’t there.

Let’s take a popular renovation project as an example. Did you ever wonder on Thanksgiving Day if you could be cooking in a brand new kitchen by Christmas? Well the truth is, with some pre-planning and a little patience, particularly with your fellow holiday shoppers, you cannot only accomplish it but you can save some serious money doing it. Black Friday sales on name brand appliances average anywhere between 30% and 40% or more off regular prices. Consider using ready-to-assemble wood cabinetry to save on time and money, choose a counter top, and you can be sipping eggnog with in-laws and talking about how much you saved on your brand new kitchen.

Digging a little deeper into the holiday sales bonanza, you will find some great pricing on everything from wood flooring to bathroom vanities to huge discounts on tools and hardware for the do-it-yourself folks who like to take matters in their own hands.

Another great area to save on is labor. Many good contractors are sitting on the sidelines during the month of December, as the holiday’s take front and center for almost everybody. Some home improvement professionals may be receptive to offering some discounts during their slow period, particularly if they see that you really are serious about getting the job done before the New Year. Besides cost, hiring a contractor in the month of December will probably put you front and center in the contractor’s list of priorities, helping you not only save money, but also time. However, remember the one place you do not want save time on is doing the necessary research on the contractor you hire. Make sure to check licenses, visit their shops or showrooms and even asks for references. Unfortunately the holidays have a way of bringing the good and bad in people.