A good home improvement project will be that which adds more value for a lesser cost. There have been surveys regarding which items create more value at a lower cost and few of these have been listed as follows:
The Front Door
Adding a front door to the home can increase the resale value of your home to an extent even slightly greater than its cost. If you have a wooden door and you switch to a half glass steel door of 20 gauge then it is likely to give you a return of 102 per cent approximately. The almost $1,200 door will also require less maintenance. There are claims about wooden doors being more energy efficient because they are insulators. Many people don’t realize that they will lose heat from the cracks and openings around the wooden door.
The garage door is also a kind of exterior door and it is said that a well maintained garage door can improve the value of the home by ten percent. Besides improving the curb appeal, a four section garage door with galvanized steel tracks will return an average of 80 per cent that of the almost $1,300 that you would spend on it.
Fiber-Cement Siding : The New Coat
Yes, getting a fiber-cement siding is like getting a new coat for the home. There are more than one options but vinyl sidings are most common. Vinyl comes in plain form and in foam backed vinyl. The former is cheaper by almost $4,000. However, both will give the same value addition to the home and you will get back 80 percent of what you have invested in siding.
Wooden Patio in Backyard
Your front or backyard can have a wooden patio with chairs or a bench, a planter and a few steps in order to create a transition between the outside and the inside. A double composite deck is costly, around $38,000 and it also doesn’t have a very large payback (only 57 per cent). Whereas, a tiny 16 x 20 wood deck would cost approximately $11,000 which is almost three times as less, It also has a greater payback; almost 73 per cent.
If you plan to remodel the kitchen, using laminate instead of granite can save almost 73 per cent when you sell the place. Avoiding common cabinets and using laminated shelves and cabinets will leave the kitchen looking great along with a new faucet, sink and countertop. You could spend some $22,000 on the kitchen and still save enough for a stronger floor.
A Change of “Wind-ows”
You can claim almost $200 of federal tax credit for using energy efficient star rated windows. If there is a choice between vinyl and wooden panes, you could consider either depending on the pay back and the way things are done in the neighborhood. You could get a return of 65 percent on upscale wooden windows and 75 percent on vinyl windows. If wood is popular in your street, go for it, otherwise do the otherwise.
This Article is part of series of articles that cover DIY home improvement.
This piece of writing is especially for those people who have little kids. With kids, laundry becomes something that you have to attend to on a daily basis. If you are fortunate enough to have some extra space in your home that can be used as a laundry room, then why not improve it to an extent as to make it welcoming? Convenience and comfort are two things that most people are looking for in the busy life of NYC; so having a separate washer and dryer to do your linen on your own would be vital for attaining both.
Suppose your old laundry room is functional but the machinery that lies in it is more than a decade old. There is nothing bag with solid machinery that continues to do the job except one thing. Older machines are neither energy efficient nor time saving. Newer ones are rated for energy saving so you should first of all consider replacing the machines. The new washing systems only need you to set the timer and the rest of the job is done by the machine itself.
You might have a problem with the tiles and wooden walls. Rooms like these are usually used a storage spaces for everything at home that you can’t put elsewhere. In order to make the improvement work, you will need to reorganize. As your kids grow up, their stuff is going to take over and you will need all the space you can provide them with. You could also consider adding another toilet to your home if you have enough space in the utility room. Generally, homes are smaller in the main city with one bathroom usually. Adding a proper toilet would need a larger sewer drain and the cost could exceed the budget of a usual DIY project. You could still consider adding a toilet that is used in basements and is called macerating toilet.
With kids in home you need a paint that is friendly and allergy free. It should dry with an anti microbial finish, should have low odour and zero VOC. Painting the walls and the tiles in white can give the room a very chic appeal even if it is a laundry. It appears more open and lightened up. You can use Valspar+ on the ceiling and the wall but the floor and tiles would require paint that is specially made for it. The same company provides the type. White is also the easiest colour to decorate. You will find materials that complement it and accessories that go with white will also be easy to find.
It would be good to consider these last finishing touches after you are done with the makeover. Getting a washer and dryer that you can stack on top of each other would save a lot of space. You will need to make sure though that the doors of machines both open in the same direction and towards the walls. Clothes hampers and racks can be bought from outlets like Bed, Bath and beyond. You could consider adding one single decoration piece on the wall above the hamper or beside it, just to give the place a good appeal. All home improvement projects are about balancing your budget and your desires.
Stained glass windows or ceilings for your sun-room have always been considered by a lot of people because it gives off an ancient or royal ambiance that can’t be duplicated by other types of glass. The thing with stained glass is that it’s not common to see them in houses or condominiums, as they are better used for in chapels and offices. But even before the commercialization of stained glass, it has been used for more than 5000 years, dating back to as far as the Medieval period. During the Victorian era, houses were installed with stained glass, though the quality of stained glass windows only improved 100 years ago. Pioneers like Louis Comfort Tiffany found new ways, uses, designs, and techniques to maximize stained glass.
Natural lighting has always been favored by contractors and designers simply because it’s energy-efficient and it makes the inside of any home look good. When combined with stained glass, there’s nothing more beautiful to see than a beautiful mixture of colors coming inside your room. With natural lighting, stained glass is able to give you tinted or filtered light, temperature control, and reduced glare. Think of it has a room having different colored sunglasses.
Now, there are a couple of things to consider to maximizing the science behind stained glass. You have to consider the placement, above all else. Are you looking to use it for windows, decorative purposes, or as a glass ceiling? Why is placement part of the science? Lighting is the most crucial element when it comes to stained glass and placement has to be right in order to it. You can’t place stained glass in a part of your house that doesn’t get any lighting. It just doesn’t make any sense. If a room doesn’t get natural lighting during any part of the day, it’s useless to install stained glass.
The shade or hue of the stained glass is also considered to be part of the lighting science. You don’t want it to be just too colorful or too dark. If the part of your room gets a lot of natural light at any time of the day, you may want to consider a neutral hue or shade. This should give you enough filtered light and reduced glaring without making the room look dark. Notice how chapels or cathedrals make use of dark shades or hues to even out the lighting. You can also do this if your part of the house is too bright.
As a contractor, renovation has always been a part of my job description. There are two reasons why people renovate their houses – to make it look good and/or to increase their property value. Sometimes, these reasons go hand in hand, but there are also people that actually care what their house looks like without worrying about the resale value. There are also people that will buy a house for a price, renovate it, and then sell it for a higher price. Now, I assume you’re here because you want to increase your home’s property value. I am here to tell you that you need more than to renovate your house because the real estate market is a ticking time bomb.
First, let me tell you that renovation may or may not increase your home’s property value, or any property for that matter. But let’s use houses as the main example. Supposing I have a house that I bought for $200,000 and it’s located in a good suburban neighbourhood. I find that I can actually increase my property’s value with renovation, and I can safely assume this to be true. It actually boils down to which part of the house I renovated and how I renovated it.
For example, I redo the living room. I remove the concrete flooring and install hardwood flooring. This is already more than enough for me to get a few hundred bucks more for my property’s entire value. Supposing I got $200 for the new flooring. I repaint the wall and I get $50 more. I install an amazing ceiling fan and I got $500 more. That brings me to a $750 increase. Don’t let these values fool you, as I am using this as examples only. This is good and all, but you have to note that as your property value increases, your tax also increases. This is a double-edged sword. I recall how one of the contestants of a popular home makeover show lost their house because it went up in value to the point that they could no longer pay the mortgage.
Renovation may not always work though, as there are times when the market will go down even if you spent a hundred thousand dollars on renovation. If the market does go down, your property’s value will probably stay the same or worse, decrease.
Another way to increase your property’s value is to take a look at the inner workings. I am referring to the wiring, the pipes, and even the foundation of the house. When I renovate a house, I make it a point to fix the wiring and the pipes so that they’d be safe and free from problems. This aspect is overlooked by a lot of homeowners and sometimes, those who purchase homes are surprised to see broken pipes or exposed wiring’s or even broken foundations. This may cost you a few hundred bucks more, but you get double or triple the money. This is a more effective way of increasing your property’s value than renovation.
You can also look into hiring a broker that will help you assess your home’s value. These people will know how much your home is worth at any given time and may be able to give you a prediction of how much it will cost within the next few years. I have to emphasize on the word PREDICTION because the market is a time bomb waiting to explode and I have seen the best neighborhoods go down the drain because the houses’ values plummeted.