The external appearance of your home is important for raising the value and sales potential. Fresh paint, clean shutters, a new roof and neat landscaping are simple ways you can enhance curb appeal if you're looking to sell.
If you're planning on staying in your home thorough your senior years, it's important to upgrade your home with age-in-place features, including replacing your bathtubs with easy step-in showers with bars and installing toilets for people with limited mobility or in wheelchairs.
Paying too much for your utilities? Replace your single-panel windows with energy-efficient windows and you can save hundreds in monthly bills.
And the kitchen is the heart of the home. Family and friends gather and spend most of their time here. Women think men fall in love with them because of the bedroom, but the reality is it's the kitchen. So consider installing a new stove, replacing your refrigerator or putting in new cabinets to make it more functional and aesthetically pleasing.
Your bathroom might function just fine, but it's always a good time to put in new plumbing, and get rid of that boring plain mirror and replace it with a beautiful framed one. Don't forget the lighting -- lighting is everything, especially for us ladies who spend so much time checking our make-up and changing our outfits.
Don't want to leave your neighborhood because your children have friends on the block? Do you dread the idea of having your children change schools? This is a common sentiment and probably means that you and your family won't be going anywhere until your kids are grown. So why wait 10 or 15 years to remodel? Make your home suitable for the future now.
Don't waste another day looking at those avocado countertops! Are you embarrassed to invite your friends over because they might laugh at the hideous, outdated colors in your kitchen and bathroom behind your back? Putting in new countertops is easy and not very costly, so go ahead and change them! Of course your friends don't really care, but you will feel better the next time they come over for dinner.
Your home is almost perfect but it needs a minor facelift. Paint your walls and baseboards and it will instantly feel fresh and clean. This is a great alternative for anyone on a budget.
Are you tired of using your basement as one big storage unit? Convert it into a living space, such as a media room, or even add a closet and a window for an extra bedroom, which will add square footage and increase the overall value of your home.
Searching for a new home can be stressful and time-consuming. Instead of spending months looking for that perfect home, upgrading your bathrooms and kitchen or removing that wall that's been bugging you just might be the solution.
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