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Inexpensive Renovations That Increase a Home’s Value

Home value is top of mind for many homeowners, particularly as the housing market begins to show early signs of recovery from the recent downturn.  Renovations and remodeling can play a critical role in both increasing the value of a home and ensuring that it stands out to potential buyers.  

Home value is top of mind for many homeowners, particularly as the housing market begins to show early signs of recovery from the recent downturn. Renovations and remodeling can play a critical role in both increasing the value of a home and ensuring that it stands out to potential buyers. At a time when most consumers are looking to do more with less, few homeowners may be ready to commit the thousands of dollars it can take to fully redo even a single room. Before breaking out the tool belt, Coldwell Banker DBA advises homeowners to check out the free online tools that can help them chart their home remodeling efforts, such as “HomeTracker” available at www.coldwellbanker.com. Homeowners can also speak with a local Coldwell Banker real estate professional to learn more about specific home improvements that most appeal to buyers in their area of the country. The professionals at Coldwell Banker DBA suggest the following eight affordable home improvements for potentially increasing the overall value of a home, without breaking the budget: Reface Kitchen Cabinets. Kitchen updates are among the smartest remodeling projects when it comes to “upping” the resale value of a home. But homeowners do not need to spring for an entire new cabinet set to improve the room’s appeal. Refacing existing cabinets, applying a fresh coat of paint or replacing tarnished pulls and knobs with new hardware might be just the quick fix a kitchen needs to make it look and feel like new. Improve the Lighting. Updating lights and lighting fixtures is another simple enhancement that does not require a major investment. Replacing old bulbs with stronger, more energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs will brighten up the house and make it more inviting – while cutting down on energy costs over the long term. In addition, replacing recessed lights in a dining or living room with an affordable chandelier or installing accent lighting to draw attention to artwork or other room features can create an entirely fresh ambiance. Freshen up a Fan. An updated ceiling fan can give a room a more contemporary feel, but purchasing a new one isn’t always a necessity when looking to upgrade. Improving an existing fan is simpler than homeowners might think and does not have to come at a high price. First, try unscrewing the fan blades and turning them over. Typically, blades have alternate colors or patterns on the reverse side. If not, simply add a coat of paint and reattach. One can even install new pull chains to complete the look as well as match the fan accents to new lighting fixtures or cabinet hardware. Hang More Mirrors. It sounds simple, but the addition of a mirror on any wall adds depth and light to a room, making even the smallest space seem larger. Mirrors also add elegance and charm to a home’s décor, and often at a reasonable price.

At a time when most consumers are looking to do more with less, few homeowners may be ready to commit the thousands of dollars it can take to fully redo even a single room.  Before breaking out the tool belt, Coldwell Banker DBA advises homeowners to check out the free online tools that can help them chart their home remodeling efforts, such as “HomeTracker” available at www.coldwellbanker.com.  Homeowners can also speak with a local Coldwell Banker real estate professional to learn more about specific home improvements that most appeal to buyers in their area of the country. 

 The professionals at Coldwell Banker DBA suggest the following eight affordable home improvements for potentially increasing the overall value of a home, without breaking the budget: 

  • Reface Kitchen Cabinets. Kitchen updates are among the smartest remodeling projects when it comes to “upping” the resale value of a home. But homeowners do not need to spring for an entire new cabinet set to improve the room’s appeal. Refacing existing cabinets, applying a fresh coat of paint or replacing tarnished pulls and knobs with new hardware might be just the quick fix a kitchen needs to make it look and feel like new. 
  • Improve the Lighting. Updating lights and lighting fixtures is another simple enhancement that does not require a major investment. Replacing old bulbs with stronger, more energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs will brighten up the house and make it more inviting – while cutting down on energy costs over the long term. In addition, replacing recessed lights in a dining or living room with an affordable chandelier or installing accent lighting to draw attention to artwork or other room features can create an entirely fresh ambiance.
  • Freshen up a Fan. An updated ceiling fan can give a room a more contemporary feel, but purchasing a new one isn’t always a necessity when looking to upgrade. Improving an existing fan is simpler than homeowners might think and does not have to come at a high price.  First, try unscrewing the fan blades and turning them over. Typically, blades have alternate colors or patterns on the reverse side. If not, simply add a coat of paint and reattach. One can even install new pull chains to complete the look as well as match the fan accents to new lighting fixtures or cabinet hardware.
  • Hang More Mirrors. It sounds simple, but the addition of a mirror on any wall adds depth and light to a room, making even the smallest space seem larger. Mirrors also add elegance and charm to a home’s décor, and often at a reasonable price.