8 Renovation Projects Worth Doing for Your Home
By: John Garcia | Date Posted: October 12, 2021
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Here we’ll take a look at three renovation projects that are well worth doing for your home and will be worth every penny you spend.
As a homeowner, you know better than anyone that you can create a seemingly endless “to-do” list when it comes to renovations. There is just always something else you could do to make the home more functional, stylish, welcoming, and more organized. The problem many people have is that they don’t necessarily have the time and budget to constantly make renovations. So which ones are worth the investment? Which projects should be prioritized?
Update the Kitchen
Attempting to renovate and overhaul an entire house at one time just isn’t practical. It’s a huge job and unless you’re prepared to hire a large work crew to do all the work – it’s going to take a long time to get it done. Instead, experts recommend you work on one room at a time, prioritizing the rooms that get used the most often and could benefit from the investment.
The room that typically tops the list of priorities is the kitchen. The kitchen is where you prepare and eat meals, but it also tends to be commonplace for families to hang out and to entertain in. The great thing about a kitchen renovation is that you’ve got a lot of flexibility on how big of a job you’re willing to take on. You can spend a few hundred dollars sprucing it up, or tens of thousands of dollars completely transforming the space from top to bottom.
Invest in Backyard Landscaping
Backyard landscaping is one of those projects that offer two very important returns. When you improve the look of the exterior, you will be improving the curb appeal and likely the value of your home. Then there’s the fact that you will be making the outdoor space more inviting, eye-catching, and it will prompt you to use it more often.
There is no one-size approach to landscaping, it will come down to your expectations, your budget, and how you want to use the space. This is where the benefits of professional landscape design come in handy, as the landscaper will work with you to create a personalized plan. A professional will have ideas you may not have thought of.
Create a Serene Master Bedroom Escape
Another room you can focus your attention on is the master bedroom. While this isn’t part of the common space in the house, it’s still a room that gets a lot of use. Homeowners often strive to create a space that is serene, relaxing, peaceful, stylish, and allows them to escape.
To create this kind of vibe, focus on a soft neutral color palette, high-end bedding, decorative throws and pillows, the lighting, and artwork. When you bring each of these elements together, you’ll end up with a room that feels like it is straight out of a home décor magazine.
When you have appliances that do not match, you can give them an upgrade. This does not necessarily mean completely replacing them. You can always order some new face panels and doors from the original manufacturer or do something custom. As you do this, you end up with a cohesive look and you do not have to spend as much as a replacement would.
If you are to replace appliances, buy newer models with higher energy efficiency. They utilize less electricity and are better for the environment. In some parts of the world, there are even rebates available for homebuyers to replace their outdated appliances. This can help you to save some extra money.
Give Your Bathrooms A Boost
Statistics show that bathroom remodels actually recoup up to 93.5% of the initial investment if we take into account cost versus value. Similar to your kitchen though, the goal is not to go too crazy for this instant boost. You can just add new features, paint the room, and re-grout your bathtub. If you have some extra money available, add new light features and a new mirror. All of these instantly improve bathroom appearance.
Remodel Your Basement Or Your Attic
One of the easiest ways to increase the value of your home is to add some square footage. This is why remodeling projects for attics and basements are 100% worth doing. Instead of adding a completely new room, which is what people tend to do when they want to add square footage, you can go for these two parts of your home. For instance, you can change your attic so it becomes a workout area or even another bedroom. The basement can become a fun-filled family room.
Highly versatile rooms are very appealing and do increase property value. And you can choose this as opposed to regular building projects, which tend to cost a lot and are very lengthy.
Add A Deck
Adding a deck to your home is a very worthy investment. This is mainly because the living area of the property is increased but also because you do not need to spend as much as you might think. In fact, adding a new deck costs so much less than regular construction projects.
What is very interesting is that you can expect to recoup around 106% of the building value of the deck when you resell the property. The return on your investment is even higher when you build a composite deck.
Improve Home Energy Efficiency
Most homes, especially older ones, are not that energy efficient. They can have problems like no insulation or drafty windows/doors. When such problems exist, the energy use of the home is higher, which does end up costing you. Making some small updates, like adding insulation to the attic, can be something to consider. You need to also seal the cracks around windows, electrical sockets, light switches, and doors so that energy losses are prevented.
When you can, make sure to install windows with an Energy Star rating so you can save more on cooling and heating bills. If you do this though, make sure to first check if there are some green energy tax credits available where you live. Such incentives keep popping up all around the world right now.
Now that you’ve got a list of places to start renovations all that is left to do is get to work.
Thank you for reading!