Not all renovations return the cost of the improvements when you sell your home. And many of the renovations that increase the value of your home such as installing a second bathroom are not cheap. Here are five easy renovations that can increase the value of your home without breaking the bank.
A New and Improved Door
Replacing a dingy and rotting front door has a nearly 100% return on the investment. Install an insulated front door that is also reinforced against forced entry and the ROI is over 100%. Upgrading your garage door with a new, solid one has a nearly 100% ROI. If the new garage door has windows in it, the upscale upgrade returns its purchase price or more when you sell the home.
Upgrade that Dull Radiator
Install stylish vertical radiators in place of the rusting coils sitting in the corner of your room. Vertical radiators are usually more efficient than their predecessors, and they may come with features like spots for hanging your clothes to properly dry. If you’re looking for great alternative radiator models, you can visit a site like Warm Rooms.
Modest Bathroom Upgrades
Replacing the dingy shower head clogging with hard water deposits is a simple way to make the shower look better. Replacing other taps with gleaming new ones makes the whole bathroom look better, assuming you’ve scrubbed away the hard water and soap stains. You may want to replace the toilet with a new, more water efficient model. It is surprisingly common for people to test the house’s plumbing by flushing the toilet, and if that has problems, their opinion of the whole house goes down.
If the bathroom feels dark replace the older light fixtures with bright vanity lights. And before you start planning to replace everything in the room to make your bathroom look, feel and smell better, deep clean it. You may find a vibrant, welcoming bathroom under the layers of grime, mildew, and dust.
Modest Kitchen Improvements
Resurfacing hardwood floors is a DIY task and a fraction of the price of new floors. Likewise, you should make improvements like replacing cracked tiles on the kitchen floor or adding a few decorative tiles in the kitchen backsplash instead of ripping out and replacing. Replacing kitchen taps with gleaming new ones or more useful fixtures are a good investment when you sell your home. In the case of the kitchen, installing a larger, deeper sink could yield a major return on the investment if the current one makes you wait to finish rinsing one set of dishes before the pots and pans can soak. Before you decide to renovate the kitchen for more storage space, consider bringing in a butcher block table for more workspace. Don’t replace appliances outright unless they are mechanically failing.
A New Coat of Paint
A new coat of paint for the whole house won’t cost that much. This is a cheap way to reinvigorate your home, and it is a cleaner, faster solution than replacing peeling wallpaper. You can combine this with popcorn ceiling removal to refresh bedrooms in a 1980s house or applying two-tone paint throughout the house for an upscale look for relatively little money.
Try a few of these easy projects and you easily increase the value of your home.