In this current economic climate, homeowners may not be able to completely renovate their abode all at once. They still, however, need to make sure that their house remains in good condition and get the most they can out of their home improvement budget. This means that a practical homeowner has to do some prioritizing.
Once you decide to take the remodeling plunge there are several steps you must take in order to prepare an appropriate budget for the project. Your main objective is to determine an amount that does not strain your current and future financial resources but also provides enough funds to accomplish the primary alterations you need to make to your house.
Here are a few tips that make a little dough go along way!
□ You can give your kitchen a fresh new look by painting the cabinets or adding new cabinet door knobs is one idea. Add a chair guard rail to the wall, or a line of border across a wall. Simply replacing hand towels and oven mitts, adding a table runner or center piece to the dining table also makes a difference in the appearance of the kitchen.
□ Modernize Bathroom Accessories – the bathroom is one of the most important rooms to keep up to date. Making sure your bathroom is easily accessible and comfortable for your family is a great way to improve your home. Some practical changes might include installing an easy-to-hold door handle and cabinet hardware, a grab bar in the bathtub, or shower accessories that come with a hand-held shower head.
□ Painting – fresh paint in any room is a relatively inexpensive way to give your home a new look. Don’t shy away from some of the bolder colors; these will add a lot of life to whatever area you’re painting.
□ Adding house numbers, planting a few flowers or shrubs, and painting trim around doors and windows are inexpensive changes that will make a difference. Check for and replace rotted wood on railings, steps, and window and door trims. Replace the porch light with an updated fixture. Repair damaged walkways. Remove or replace missing or damaged shutters.
□ Your Home’s Energy Efficiency – if you want to make improvements that will give you some significant returns, improving your home’s energy efficiency with an updated water heater, new energy-efficient furnace, or new windows for better insulation is your best bet.
□ Curb Appeal – to improve the look of your home, think “outside the box” – the box being your home! Think about adding trees, shrubs, and flowers to the front of your home when spring rolls around, which it surely will soon! This will give your friends and neighbors a great first impression and be a great lift after the long winter.
Tami Rapaport’s Team