Add Value to Your Home Without Spending a Fortune – Affordable Home Improvement Ideas

They always say that investing in your home is an excellent way to add value. However, with the way it is in this economy you may be asking yourself is it really smart to make a large investment my home? Quality improvements can cost an arm and a leg sometimes. So maybe the question should be how can I maximize the value of my home while minimizing the costs? Where there is a will, there is a way. Here are some home improvement ideas that will keep your costs at a minimum, and your home’s value at its max.

Give the interior of your home a complete face lift.
o It will only cost you less than $1500 to get back that crisp, modern look by painting all the walls and rooms of your home with a fresh coat of paint. Experts say that the price of paint is usually added to your initial asking price upon selling. Along with the new paint job you may want to minimize the clutter take down old family pictures, put them in albums, and simplify your space. If it is something of interest or need, a brand new carpet in the living room and bedrooms will definitely improve the look and feel of your home. If that is not within budget confines, simply get on your hands and knees and clean them all or hire a cleaner.

Give the outdoors and your yard some attention.
o Making the exterior of your home attractive can definitely be inexpensive. Paint your trim a fresh coat of color and take care of little things such as straightening out the bird feeder and whacking at some weeds. Be sure that your front door looks are in good working condition and that your home’s exterior lights and mail box are in good repair as well. Repairing these items will not cost a lot at all, and just the outdoors alone contribute to about 15% of your home’s value. You may purchase smaller accents or simply plant a garden for additional aesthetic appeal.

Refurbish your bathrooms.
o You can literally spend thousands of dollars to upgrading an old bathroom. But if you are thinking about selling, your options may be less limiting. A fresh coat of paint on the wall, along with a brand new toilet and sink may be all you need. You might consider a beautiful vanity along the walls and of course some brand new towels to showcase the bathroom’s attractiveness. This can all be done for around $1000. As you know this is a small investment will help of your adamant asking price.

Impress with your kept kitchen.
o Kitchens are often considered to be the heart of a home. Buyers really want to be impressed with a nice looking, beautifully kept kitchen. Again there is no need to spend a whopping $20,000 for remodeling. If your cabinet doors are worn, you simply replace the doors and bypass installing completely new cabinets. You can quickly modernize your kitchen this way with a fresh new coat of paint. Counter tops are sometimes made of granite or quartz in newly modeled kitchens. However, there are relatively inexpensive stones that look like laminates available in all corners of the world. They are commonly purchased and provide modern kitchens with an almost identical, solid appearance.

o Having a professional install a new laminate or linoleum floor may be one worthwhile expenditure. If you cannot afford that you could always install the peel and stick vinyl tiles on y our own which will only cost you a hundred dollars.

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Home Improvement Ideas for Every Area of Your Home

With the holiday season now just a memory, perhaps you find yourself with some time on your hands to devote to those big New Year’s resolutions-so you’ve been frequenting the gym, taking Sundays to prepare and freeze healthy recipes for the week and spending more time with your family and friends. But what about all those to-dos on your house that never seemed to get done in 2010?

Whether you’re looking to put your house on the market in 2011 or just want to make some positive changes for your family, here are some great home improvement ideas that will deliver the most bang for your buck that you can spend a winter weekend or two or three on implementing. If you live in a condo building make sure to speak with the homeowner’s association first about any changes you’re planning to make.

Kitchen and Bathroom Upgrades

Remodeling kitchens and bathrooms have the highest return on investment. You could replace the cabinetry or install energy-efficient appliances, but a surefire way to immediately up your kitchen’s visual appeal is to replace the countertop.

For good or bad, the bathtub can be a focal point in your bathroom. If a new tub is in your budget, you could add a new model or a freestanding soaking tub to really increase your bathroom’s luxuriousness factor. Even just refinishing your existing tub can make it look brand new.

Let Their Be Light

Recessed lighting looks clean and doesn’t compromise headroom. It’s easily installed and will instantly brighten the room. You also might want to consider adding new windows or expanding existing ones in order to make a room seem larger and more inviting. Even just adding or moving electrical outlets and switches can allow for easier access to electricity, and improve the eyesores associated with electrical cords being visible throughout the room.

Better Flooring

New flooring is one of the best projects for whatever room you’ve decided to focus on, whether that includes carpet in the upstairs bedroom, hardwood floors throughout the downstairs or a unique tile in the bathrooms. People constantly can see and touch their floors, and prospective buyers will definitely be interested in the quality of your flooring when considering whether to make your home theirs.

Hide Unattractive Storage

If you live in a small space, you might not have a home office that can house an unsightly file cabinet. In that case, you probably have to hide your files in the open. This entails measuring fabric to the length and width of the cabinet and using hook and loop tape to attach the fabric to it. Or you can find extra storage space by using a skirting table, under which you could stack boxes. It pays to be inventive, and the pay off is extra room for your belongings without any additional eyesores in your home.

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How to Implement Useful Home Improvement Ideas

It is a formidable task to make changes in a home when people are residing there. A lot of co-operation among family members is required. Ideally, there should be a minimum number of residents. Plan ahead and make the necessary changes when your husband is out of town on work or the children are away at boarding schools or when you can safely send them all away to your family house for a holiday.

How to convert unused areas in your home

A useful home improvement idea for a rather large living room area would be to split the area into formal and informal. Move furniture around and re-arrange to give it a new look. Place area rugs to demarcate the areas and make use of consoles and dividers to give the area a classy look. On the other hand, if you already have two seating areas and need a makeover, do the opposite. Create a large living area and line sofas on one end of a wall preferably facing large French windows where you can appreciate the outside view. Use paintings and selected pieces of interest to accentuate detailing. Use up lighters or down lighters, track lighting or focused halogen eyeballs to highlight certain areas. Lampshades provide a soothing ambience and dimmers help to set the mood.

Change drapes, curtain rods and doorknobs to match the season

It is amazing what a splash of color can do to transform your home. A change in the size of the drapes, style of the curtain rods and color of knobs all create striking visible changes. Let in more light in the daytime by using lightweight fabric which can be moved to one side and enjoy the beauty of nature from within. A useful home improvement idea would be to transform windows in a living room to large French windows. If this is not possible, full-length drapes that extend beyond the window along a length of the wall can give the feeling of a large window.

Adorn an awkward space or wall with Japanese shoji screens and using reflector lights create an illusion of an open space beyond.

Mirrors and accessories

Implement Mirrors as a useful home décor alternative to project a feeling of light and space. Use accessories sparingly and tastefully. Use objects that are proportionate to the furniture and décor. Never over clutter as this could create a stifling atmosphere. Remove furniture and unnecessary trivia that restrict the spatial space. The overall placement of furniture and objects together with the color and style creates the mood and reflects the personality of the homemaker.

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Do it Yourself Home Improvement Ideas

Here’s an interesting fact. Americans spend 60% of their time in their own home. Knowing that it’s easy to see why having a beautiful and well maintained home is so important. As the housing market stumbles, selling and moving to a new home is, in many cases, not an option. Do it yourself home improvement ideas however are a great way to make your current home into your dream home.

The great thing about this is that not only will you enjoy your home more, you will also be adding value to your property. So when the time does come to sell, you will get more for it. There is however a catch. Do the wrong improvements and you may actually decrease your property value. You can also make it more difficult to sell.

Some experts on the subject often tend to have different views as to which home improvements will cause you to lose money. Some of them include such things as laying new carpet to installing double glazing. Of course it probably depends on the carpet you pick. For instance you should probably stay away from the olive green shag. But while there is debate on the things that are wrong to do, most experts agree on the things that will bring the property value up. Some of the more frequently mentioned suggestions include the following:
Redecorating in neutral colors

Adding a deck to the back porch

Keeping the exterior, yard and landscaping neat and tidy

If the space is available, a loft conversion that blends nicely will add value

Remodeling your kitchen and bathroom with up to date cabinets and appliances

You may have eclectic tastes, but not everyone else does. If you are planning to sell your home stay away from things that may be a turn off to others. If however you plan on staying there forever, or a long period of time, go for whatever you like best. Home improvement here is about making yourself happy and not about trying to make your property worth more money.

Home improvement can also mean basic repair and maintenance to your home such as fixing a leaky sink or toilet. These are the jobs that you will want to really consider doing yourself. Why should you pay someone when it will not add to the overall value of your home? Instead take a chance to learn a skill and do it yourself.

There are a variety of different ways that you can learn how to do various home improvement tasks. There are a lot of building supply stores that will either offer or give you a free leaflet that you can take home and read. There are even some bigger home improvement stores such as Lowes that will post how to videos on the internet that you can watch. These are a great wealth of information that you should really check out because they will not only tell you the materials and tools that you will need, but also how you can best carry out the plan from start to finish. This will give you the chance to build a mental picture of the finished project.

So what are the basic benefits of doing it yourself home improvement? Well actually there are several. It will be able to save you money and even in some cases may actually make you money; you will be able to maintain both the quality and the functionality of your home. Finally once you are done and you have done it successfully you can sit back and bask in the glow of a job well done.

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Home Shows Are A Great Way To Get Home Improvement Ideas

If you haven’t attended a home show yet, let me share with you my most recent experience, so that you can determine if it might be worthwhile for you to attend one. It is a great place to get home improvement ideas under one roof. While home shows are usually not free to attend, the small investment of $10 or so per person can have a big payoff if you are actively looking for home improvement ideas.

Recently I attended my local Home And Patio Show and found over 200 vendors displaying everything from lighting fixtures to African violets. It’s impressive, there is so much to see and absorb, take some paper and pencil or a camera to document any great ideas that you want to capture.

There were many vendors that showcased outdoor patio treatments, including paving materials, pools, lighting, and outdoor kitchens. There were landscape architects that presented ways to create a landscape plan for your home. There were several vendors with hot tubs that could be installed in an outdoor deck.

Some vendors provide support services to homeowners such as security systems, insect control, and insurance. Others display tools and equipment that could be useful to a homeowner such as the Big Ladder. I have seen this product demonstrated several times and it still amazes me, how easily it converts from one size to another, can be supported on uneven surfaces, and can be used as scaffolding.

There were several vendors which displayed and demonstrated replacement windows, siding, and painting solutions. Yes, you can buy regular exterior paint or something called liquid siding, which is warranted to last longer than paint. If you want outbuildings such as sheds or saunas, this is the place to check them out.

One entrepreneur had created a heavy-duty liner which could be used as an insert for your SUV so you could carry rocks and logs without damaging the inside of your vehicle. After emptying your load, just wash out the liner with a hose, let it dry, and put it away. I was impressed, but I don’t have an SUV.

Another big area of focus was interior floor, kitchen counter, and kitchen cabinet choices. This is a great way to find out the latest materials and treatments that are available. If you have questions regarding something you’ve seen in magazines, take the magazine with you and ask away.

The show took me several hours to go through and I learned a lot. When you start, make sure you get a map or listing of the vendors. Mark which ones are a must visit from your perspective, and start walking.

It’s really important to stop and ask questions. It’s not a high pressure sales situation, just an opportunity to get some basic information and determine if you’d like to speak with someone from the company again. The representatives at the show want to answer your questions, otherwise it would be a very boring 2 or 3 day time for them.

Make sure to take a canvas bag with you, because you’ll be leaving with lots of goodies. This show I left with my canvas bag overflowing, a floor lamp and a yard stick. The lamp I purchased while the yardstick was a freebie.

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