1. New kitchen cabinets
If you put new cabinets in your home, your kitchen will glow with beauty and style. New cabinets show all of your family and friends that your kitchen is a professional place for cooking and entertainment. You can find cabinets in light wood stains and dark wood stains, giving you the ability to personalize your kitchen to your specific tastes.
2. Keep the big picture in mind
Always keep the big picture in mind when embarking on a long term home improvement project. Your budget may dictate that you break up a project into several smaller, more manageable pieces, but take care that the finished product doesn’t look like a hodgepodge of unrelated, poorly thought out elements.
3. Beware the quote that is too good to be true
When it comes to home improvement, the lowest bidder for your project will not always translate to be the one who does the best work. Many times, a quote that is too good to be true is just that, due to poor work quality or hidden costs. Be sure to check with any agencies that provide feedback about contractors before hiring them.
4. Use tiles in your kitchen area
Instead of wooden flooring or linoleum, use tiles in your kitchen area. Most tiles are easy to clean and more spill proof than any linoleum or wood flooring on the market. They define your kitchen space and keep that area separate from the rest of your dining room or living room.
5. Make your own slipcovers
If you don’t want to invest money into buying a slipcover for your chair, you can make your own from a bed sheet, or a sheet from an everyday use mattress. Buy a twin or queen-size bed sheet from cotton in the colour of your choice. Drape it over your chair, and affix it with safety pins in a fashion that isn’t noticeable.
6. Add a sunroom
If you have the extra yard space, you should add a sunroom to your home. This adds value to your home because it will add more square footage to the home and it will also give future potential buyers, the extra living space that they may be looking to have.
7. Add a master bedroom, if you can afford it
If you have the money then you should try and add a master suite to your home. While having a nice large bedroom and a sofa bed mattress is great it will tremendously help during resale if the bedroom area includes a bathroom and/or a sitting area. The majority of buyers tend to lean toward homes that have master suites.
8. Find extra space in your attic or basement
If your house is low on usable space and you need an extra space, consider looking to your attic or basement for help. You can easily choose to turn your basement into a liveable environment such as an office, man cave or recreation room. If your basement already has a staircase, a roof and separate walls, it can be a very cost effective way to improve your home.
9. Keep home insurance in mind
When building an addition to your home, make sure to use insurance-friendly materials. Cement or steel buildings present less of a liability to the insurance company in case of fire, so they charge lower premiums for using them. Wood framed buildings will greatly increase your premiums, because these are much more likely to be damaged in any sort of disaster or fire.
10. Pile your home improvement lumber behind your couch!
Don’t have a place to store your long pieces of lumber while you’re working on a project? Just pile it neatly behind your couch and no one will ever know it’s there. You’ll keep it dry, safe, and ready for the next time you are inspired!
11. Consider the future savings
When selecting home renovations, consider the savings you will see in the future. For example, a new fridge may save you significantly on electricity bills, and new insulation in the attic could help reduce heating and cooling costs. While these renovations may seem expensive, future savings should always be considered during the planning stage of a home renovation.
12. Stain the basement floor
One fairly easy way to spruce up a basement is to stain the floor. It is cheaper to stain a concrete floor than it is to replace one, and the look can be very trendy. Staining floors makes floors even more durable and easy for you to clean. Choose stains that add luster and shine to the floor. Your floors will look like they cost more than they do.
In conclusion, by doing home improvements, you can make your home look the way it did upon the first purchase. Small tweaks and large repairs can do a world of difference for any home. If you remember the tips in this article on home improvement, you can make your home look like a brand new showcase home.