Before the holidays and new year come, along with the full force of winter weather, make sure your home is ready with some simple home improvement projects – and some that require a little more planning. Take your home improvement ideas to the next level with these tips that give homeowners the highest ROI.
1. Statement Door
The easiest project of all is applying a fresh coat of paint to your front door this season. Not only can winter weather cause old paint to chip further and look less than appealing under your pretty wreath, fall is a good time to paint because it is advised that exterior painting is done when the temps are at least 50 degrees or so and aren’t dipping below the 40s at night. According to Forbes, a fresh coat of paint on the front doors offers an 80% to 140% ROI.
2. Deck Refresh
For a deck that has seen better days, repairing or refreshing its appearance is also a great fall project that gets homeowners an 80% to 120% ROI. If you’re trying to sell your house soon or simply want to add to your forever home’s curb-appeal, invest in the deck by replacing rotted, splintering or broken wood. Plus, giving it a fresh stain or even rebuilding it entirely is a great home improvement project. Remember to apply for a permit for any major rebuild!
3. Kitchen Boost
Often the first thing guests and potential homebuyers look at is the kitchen when evaluating the appearance and value of a home. Since costs can be more in the late spring and early summer due to a contractor’s busy schedule, fall can be a great and less expensive time to start a kitchen remodel. And with minor kitchen renovation projects earning an ROI of 92.9%, a kitchen remodel does a lot more than enhance the style of the heart of your home!
4. Bathroom Update
Minor, low-cost bathroom updates can get you the highest ROI this season. For the biggest bathroom ROI, opt for projects like new tile, updated cabinets or new fixtures. Updating fixtures and hardware, regrouting or retiling, and updating the look of your vanity are all great ways to elevate the style of your bathroom, without the expense of a complete remodel. If you have cabinets that are in good shape, it can save you money to reface or paint them for a fresh new look.
With winter weather coming, you want to make sure your garage isn’t overflowing so you can actually store and protect your car. Organization can go a long way – with the addition of cabinets, shelving or hooks, everything can get its own proper place. Checking the functioning of your winter equipment while cleaning your garage can save money, too, because it’s often less costly to buy replacements in the fall for snowblowers, snowmobiles and other equipment.
6. Gutter Trouble
Last but not least, make sure to get up there and clean or replace, if necessary, your home’s gutters this season (or hire someone who can)! The ROI for this home improvement project is PRICELESS because a simple cleaning can prevent major gutter trouble – leading to potentially thousands of dollars of damage.
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