Valuable Home Improvements That Won’t Break the Bank

Whether you’re looking to sell or just want to spruce up the house you call “home” you don’t have to spend an enormous amount to add real value to to your investment. Here are six improvements to consider as suggested by Trulia:

  • Spruce up the curb appeal
    Whether it’s a new paint job, landscaping or adding front-yard lighting, work on the exterior or outdoors is a great place to start.
  • Knock down a wall
    What fun! Who hasn’t wished to combine two nondescript rooms into one amazing space? Of course, considerations like electrical wiring or plumbing can come in to play so always best to consult a reputable contractor.
  • Replace old windows
    While maybe not as visually exciting as the other suggestions, replacing single-paned windows with new dual-paned ones will certainly improve the energy efficiency of your home and cut down on street noise. Plan on roughly $200-$300 per window.
  • Set up an outdoor kitchen
    This can be expensive – up to $15,000, depending on the complexity of the project – but it can also be as simple as a new grill and eating area.
  • Replace the carpet
    New carpet can cost from $300 to $500 per room while hardwood is $1500 to $2000 depending on the size of the room, materials etc. This alone can completely change the look of a home.
  • New kitchen appliances
    Probably the most common upgrade (along with the bathroom) but new appliances in the kitchen can certainly improve a family’s day-to-day living.

Improve your living conditions while adding value!

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