Remodeling For Yourself or Future Buyers?

woman-mailbox-a4whoaSpring is here!  the season when many homeowners like to get outside to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. It’s also the time of year when many homeowners look at their homes and pick projects, big and small, to update their homes.  

We thought you’d like a few ideas and resources to help you pick the best projects for your home and family and of course, we’re available to help you get things done quickly if you’d rather spend your free time relaxing at home.

We had fun comparing Remodeling.com’s Cost vs Value 2013, where they recommend projects based on projected returns when you sell your home. Of the top 11 projects, 7 involve replacing exterior home features. While it’s true there comes a time when you need a new roof, we decided to see what other websites were recommending as improvements to curb appeal which creates that first impression for friends, and prospective home buyers.

Remodeling.com Cost vs Value Top 10 from Other Websites

Outdoor projects affecting “curb appeal”

  • Steel entry doors (we don’t agree)
  • Fiber cement siding
  • Garage doors
  • Wood windows
  • Vinyl siding
  • Foam backed vinyl siding
  • Vinyl replacement windows 

Other projects making top 11 list included a minor kitchen remodel plus

… 3 projects which added more living space – an attic bedroom, basement remodel and a wood deck addition

  • Dress up the front door with a fresh coat of paint, new hardware and/or light fixtures
  • Add color to your home’s exterior with flowers, window boxes or shutters
  • Clean or paint home exterior; if making frequent repairs, replace your siding
  • Give your mailbox a makeover
  • Renew andscaping – trim bushes & trees, add mulch, landscape lighting & maybe a new walkway
  • Add an arbor or fence panels
  • Wash, stain and seal decks and porches; upgrading railings was an interesting idea 
  • Repair driveway cracks and seal, then dress it up
  • Replace roof and gutters as needed
  • Add or replace house numbers … really?

 

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We thought you’d find this more interesting, but do need to remind you that taking care of your normal home maintenance chores so here’s a checklist we like to recommend, Spring Maintenance Checklist.

 

 

About Tina Gleisner

Tina Gleisner learned marketing to build her handyman business. She was so successful branding herself that other home pros started asking for help and Tina started 4 Walls 1 Roof to get everyone online via a shared website. From this start came HomeTipsforWomen.com, HomeDirectoryforYou.com and MarketingForHomePros.com. We invite you to join our community building successful businesses and empowering women homeowners to create their dream homes.

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