At one time a home remodeling project was a guaranteed way to increase the overall value of a home. Home remodeling projects are still popular, but they no longer offer the same rate of return they once did.
However, some projects can save a homeowner tons of money in the long run. In addition, many new building materials are more durable and energy efficient than those made even five years ago.
Here, now, are some minor home improvement ideas.
1- Mind your curb appeal
Curb appeal is an important factor when evaluating a home. Replacing older, unappealing siding with modern material can change how a home is perceived by potential buyers. An aging front door may be warped and no longer close tightly. Replacing old windows and doors with new energy efficient versions can save a home owner money by reducing drafts and heat loss.
2- Build energy efficiency
Inside the home, heating and air conditioning units may need to be updated. Installing an on-demand water heater, replacing an old furnace or adding solar panels can reduce the overall operating costs of a home.
Although solar panels are a newer addition to home improvement projects, they can greatly improve a home’s energy efficiency. They are long lasting, relatively maintenance free and do not require clear skies to collect energy.
As well, new energy efficient appliances are an economical addition to a kitchen. Other small upgrades such as replacing old counter tops, updating hardware and adding an island can change the look and feel of a kitchen.
3- Create a new room
Turning unused space, such as an unfinished attic or basement, into a spare bedroom or office will attract more buyers and may increase the square footage of a home.
4- Mind the backyard
In the backyard, adding a deck or new fencing can make the home feel larger. Decks and fences can now be made of composite materials that are long lasting and very low maintenance in comparison to traditional wood materials. Simple, low maintenance landscaping can turn a backyard into a private oasis.
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