15 Easy Home Remodeling Ideas That Will Increase Your Home Value

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Whether you're thinking about putting your house in the market in the future or you simply just want to dapper it to increase its value, you always have to be careful that you don't hurt your savings and budget. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on large-scale renovating projects, it is a good idea to consider grabbing a set of tools from the shed, get your hands dirty and do some DIY projects.

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Home Remodeling Ideas
  1. Visually Increase Your Home’s Square Footage: How big or small your home is will have a direct effect on its value, but that's not the only space that matters. How large a home feels or its visual space also matters. It is essential to make each room in your home to feel larger than it really is. There are many ways to do this without any construction needed. You can utilize your space to its full potential by using a multi-purpose storage instead of the current storage you're using, replacing heavy curtains with shutters to let the light in and installing large mirrors in a small room which will enhance its size. Most importantly, remove any clutter you have lying around like old stuff that you're not using on a daily basis, the more clutter you have in a room the more it will feel small.
  2. Interior Flooring: Old and stuffy carpeting is not something that you want; it will not do your home any benefits. Nowadays, people are opting for clean, stylish and modern floors. Hardwood floors may be easy to maintain and long lasting, but a good quality carpet can totally make a room inviting and warm. If your flooring has imperfections you definitely have to fix it and make sure to replace your carpets if they're already old.
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    Upgrade your Kitchen
  4. Upgrade Your Kitchen: Most homeowners consider their kitchen as the heart of their home that's why an upgrade to this room can really pay off. If your kitchen is out-dated, then it's time to do a bit of updating. You don't have to go as far as installing a new cabinet or new appliance which can be really expensive to give your kitchen a fresh look. You can easily cover up scratches on cabinets by painting it with neutral colors and even paint old appliances to give it a new look. You can also switch old hardware with new drawer and cabinet pulls to invigorate the room.
  5. Reinvent A Room: To save money, you can do a makeover in an existing space in your home. You can finish a basement, convert the attic to a bedroom or if you have a den, you can turn it into a bedroom by simply adding a closet. An additional room to your house will add up a lot to its value.
  6. Move the Laundry: The most common location of a laundry room is in the basement. However, these days most people want convenience and are opting to place their washer and dryer in the second floor of their home near the bathroom or bedroom. Placing the front loading washer and dryer in a closet is a good way to create a second-floor laundry room. It can be a bit expensive to move your laundry area upstairs due to all the plumbing that needed to be done, but at the end of the day, the advantages and benefits will outweigh its cost.
  7. Give Your Bathroom a Makeover: Your bathroom is one of the most important rooms to upgrade next to your kitchen. It can also be improved without having to spend a lot of money. Replacing an old toilet seat and a pedestal sink can create a big impact in the look of your bathroom and be installing it is really simple which you can do on your own. Aside from this, you can also put a fresh coat of paint, hang new towels, re-grout the tiles if your tub and shower looked drab, and good old scrubbing can make your bathroom as good as new.
  8. Add Storage: Having plenty of storage is one of the tops must haves in the list of homeowners. But if your house is built before the 70s, it's most probably lacking closet space. majority of old homes are infamous for that. If your storage area is restricted, you can add a DIY wire and laminate closet to your bedrooms, pantries and entry closets. Their firms online with apps that can help you measure and redesign your closet. Aside from this, you can add some details and parts which you can buy from home-improvement stores.
  9. Let the Light In: Light fixtures with low-quality lighting can take the focus away from your home's lovely features. If your dining and living room lights are out-dated, consider replacing them with a new and modern chandelier, spending as little as $100 on new lighting can do wonders to your home and give it a modern vibe. You can choose from a wide array of inexpensive lightings at a local home store. It's also a good idea to replace your old light bulbs for ones with a higher wattage.
  10. Remove Clutter: A room full of clutter can be really distracting. It is important to get rid of unnecessary items in your house to create an impression of additional space. On your free time during the weekend, you can sort out through your stuff to see which ones you need to keep and which ones you can get rid of. By simple organizing, your desk, clearing off counters and straightening bookshelves can make your home more attractive.
  11. Maintenance Work: Addressing the basics of your home is very important before updating your kitchen or upgrading a room. House maintenance work such as attic insulation, plumbing repair, replacing rusty rain gutters, repairing leaky windows etc, can add a significant amount of value to your house. You don't have to shell out a lot from your budget to create a huge difference. A couple hundred dollars of house repair could increase the value of your house by a few thousands of dollars.
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    Paint Your Walls
  13. Paint Your Walls Neutral: You may think neutral is boring but it's a strategic way to increase the value of your house. Neutral colors will always be a classic and it gives home a fresh and clean ambiance. If you want a pop of bright colors in your interior, simply throw in some inexpensive throw pillows in bold color or hang colorful paintings on your wall. A neutral color palette is an investment in a way, it guarantees an interior design that will never go out of style.
  14. Garden Makeover: Messy trees and shabby bushes can conceal views and darken interiors and can even block the view of your home. Having a well-kept, well designed and clean garden can give your property a great increase in value. You can consult a designer and ask for ideas then create the plans yourself. You can put up specific areas for functions, storage, barbecue, lawn and work area. Having a well-planned deck will create a useable area between your home and garden which can add value. If you don't have the budget for this, you can do basic things like cleaning your garden, pulling out weeds, tidying litters lying around and cutting out overgrown trees or shrubs.
  15. Add A Standout Feature: Set apart your home from others by adding a one of a kind feature. Adding a wooden deck or a modern style kitchen will surely boost your home's value. Simple and inexpensive features can be added as well as long as they are properly planned and well-thought of.
  16. Restoration and Enhancement: Changes that are not suitable in your home can decrease its value and it is important to remove them in order to increase its value. Getting rid of pine cladding, textured ceilings or walls, plastic fake beams, low-quality laminate flooring and polystyrene ceiling tiles can be a good investment. You can also upgrade panelled doors, polished floorboards, decorative moldings and concealed timber beams to add value to your home. Make sure to learn about how your home is constructed and work your way around it.
  17. The Curb Appeal: As they say first impressions last a lifetime and that you'll never get a second chance to make another one. What your home's exterior look is just as important as its interior. It's quite hard to erase negative first impressions because of an unattractive exterior. There are many ways to bump up the curb appeal of your home. You can repaint walls, repaint doors and windows, replace an old garage door or add a porch. If you're running on a tight budget you can simply cut the grass, rake leaves, remove weeds and trim hedges which can make the exterior of your home more pleasant. 

Remodeling your house to increase its value does not have to hurt your budget. Little upgrades like painting or installing a new lighting fixture can give your home character and add to its value. 

Author Bio:

Sarah Del Rosario is an aspiring interior designer and painter. When not working, she contributes articles at The Chicago Living.

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