Month: June 2016

The 7 Simple Home Improvements That Are Actually Worth the Money

Sacha Strebeby Sacha Strebe

So you’ve finally bought your very own home… Congratulations, it’s time to pop the champagne. But it needs some work, huh? That’s okay; making changes along the way is all part of the process when you’re transforming your new home into the space of your dreams.

So where do you start? Ask your parents, and they’ll most likely say the bathroom, since new equals hygienic. Ask your family, and they’ll selfishly say the kitchen, since it’s where they spend most of their time. Ask your friends, and the answer will always be the living room, since that’s where they all like to hang when they visit.

While all of these places deserve equal attention, your budget won’t be so accommodating. So what comes first? Which home improvement project will give you the best bang for your buck and give you a decent return on investment if or when you decide to sell?

If you’re just as clueless as we are, don’t worry, we did the research for you. Actually, Remodel magazine’s Cost vs. Value report did. This handy guide compares the “average cost for 30 popular remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale in 100 U.S. markets.” You can even download a report specific to the region and city you live in. Genius.

We put together the top seven home improvement tweaks that will bring the most return on investment. You’ll never guess which renovation brings the highest return on investment nationwide.

 

A T TI C   I N S U L A T I O N    |   1 1 6 . 9 %  R E T U R N

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Photo: Vincent Leroux for Marie Claire Maison

Who would have thought that attic insulation would be the top home improvement for return on investment? It might be surprising at first, but when you look into the myriad benefits, it’s easy to see why. The first major benefit is energy efficiency: Basically, insulation helps to keep your home cool in summer and warm in winter. A home that isn’t properly insulated can cost you big time, both in comfort and cash. While you can DIY attic insulation, there are potential safety hazards involved (including asbestos exposure), so if you aren’t experienced in tackling large home-improvement projects, EPA’s Energy Star recommends hiring a contractor. You can schedule a free in-home consultation with the Home Depot insulation unit to see how much it will cost in your home.

Job Cost: $1268

Resale Value: $1482

Cost Recouped: 116.9%

 

E N T R Y   D O O R   R E P L A C E M E N T    |   9 1. 1 %  R E T U R N

 

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Photo: Patrick Cline for Lonny

Who doesn’t love a beautiful entry? In fact, there’s a whole hashtag dedicated to it; just punch in #doorsofinstagram and you’ll find over 30,000 of them all over the world. It’s glorious (our own Hillary Kerr is a big fan). It’s probably why it ranks number two on the list of most valuable home improvements. But it’s not just aesthetics; a new steel entry door also provides energy efficient insulation. According to Home Depot, installing them is a fairly easy DIY project. Check out their video to teach yourself, and take a look at their range of doors while you’re at it.

Job Cost: $1335

Resale Value: $1217

Cost Recouped: 91.1%

 

G A R A G E   D O O R   R E P L A C E M E N T    |   9 1. 5 %  R E T U R N

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Photo: Curro Palacios Taberner for Dezeen

When you imagine yourself rolling into the driveway after a long day, what are you looking at? Is it a simple roll-a-door that gets you in quickly, or a beautiful architecturally designed timber version that looks every bit as beautiful as the rest of the house? Well, regardless of what you choose, the garage door is just as important as the entry. Not only does it enhance the overall appearance, it also upgrades your home security, too, and gives you a 91.5% national average recoup on costs. Now those are the kind of odds we will bank on every time. If you’re thinking of installing a new garage door or replacing your old one, Sears offer a free consultation.

Job Cost: $1652

Resale Value: $1512

Cost Recouped: 91.5%

 

M I N O R   K I T C H E N   R E M O D E L    |   9 1. 5 %  R E T U R N

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Photo: Birgitta W. Drejer for Interiør Magasinet

Before we started researching this story, we polled the office on which home improvements they thought would top the list on ROI. Many of us raised our hands to kitchen, bathroom, and entryway; they seemed like obvious choices. So you can imagine our surprise when we discovered the reality. A major kitchen remodel will set you back $119,909 on average, with a resale value of $73,707 (only a 61.5% recoup on costs). It hardly seems worth it. You’re better off investing in a minor kitchen remodel and upgrading a few elements that spruce up the overall aesthetic and provide practical upgrades that improve the day-to-day efficiency of the space. Now we see why IKEA kitchens are so popular: They provide fashion and function at a price everyone can afford.

Job Cost: $20,122

Resale Value: $16,716

Cost Recouped: 83.1%

 

M A N U F A C T U R E D   S T O N E   V E N E E R    |   9 2. 9 %  R E T U R N

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Photo: Studio Mark Ruthven via Decoist

It might not be the first home improvement that springs to mind, but when we went in search of manufactured stone veneer in real life, we found some striking examples. Don’t be deterred by the term “manufactured” either; the formula has been perfected over the years, and it looks remarkably similar to the real thing. Besides, isn’t a manufactured version better for the environment? According to Taylor Concrete, the term veneer “implies something that is decorative or cosmetic with a functional element,” which means these stone walls can be applied directly to most surfaces including drywall, concrete or brick. That makes it a much simpler home improvement project than actual stone. So what are the next steps? Once you decide on a place to feature the stone veneer, you can watch Eldorado Stone’s step-by-step video on how to install it yourself. Lowe’s has one too. Otherwise, you can look up tradesmen in your local area to do it for you.

Job Cost: $7519

Resale Value: $6988

Cost Recouped: 92.9%

 

W I N D O W   R E P L A C E M E N T    |   7 3. 3 %  R E T U R N

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Photo: Courtesy of Entrance, design by Helena Sand

Whether you’re admiring your home from the outside or peering at the world from the inside, windows are key to the overall aesthetic. They add major style props to its curbside appeal and flood it with natural light to elevate every room, not to mention that they improve your home’s energy efficiency. According to Consumer Reports, new windows can even “make your home quieter, more attractive, and less drafty, and they don’t need painting.” If you’re confused by choice, the Consumer Reports website helps you choose the best one for your home, and a major thing to note is that price doesn’t indicate performance. While it can be relatively simple to replace them yourself, if you’re not super handy, try out Home Depot’s window installation service or look up Yelp in your area to find a local technician.

Job Cost: $14,725

Resale Value: $10,794

Cost Recouped: 73.3%

 

R O O F   R E P L A C E M E N T    |   7 1. 7 %  R E T U R N

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Photo: Simon Maxwell for Real Homes Magazine, styled by Helenka Maciej Hill

If there’s one home improvement you can’t lose on, it’s the roof. It’s an investment that not only improves the look of your home but the quality of the time you spend in it too. A leaky roof isn’t pleasant, and neither are the health implications from the mold that grows as a result. Sometimes you might only need a small repair, which is much more affordable, but there are a few cases when a full replacement is necessary. Home Advisor states most roofs last 20 to 25 years, so if yours is nearing this age, you might want to consider a new one. Other reasons include extensive leaking and curb appeal. The latter is why it’s worth the money. On average, you can recoup 71.7% of your investment for a new roof, and it will literally raise the roof. If you need some free advice, call in the experts at Home Depot, Sears or Lowes.

Job Cost: $20,142

Resale Value: $14,446

Cost Recouped: 71.7%

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Efficient Kitchen Storage Ideas

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Kitchen Storage Ideas

If there is any room in your house that you need efficiency, the kitchen is the number one place. For a novice cook, you may be trying to rush and finish cooking. While a seasoned veteran chef will tell you an efficient kitchen, is a happy kitchen. In your home, safety, organization, and great food all stem from the efficient use of storage. From small galley kitchens, to enormous gourmet kitchens, follow these ideas to help prevent frantic searching and enjoy the experience of cooking.

CABINETS: The ideal place for storage is in the upper and lower cabinetry of your kitchen. Although, the reality is all cabinet storage is not created equal. If you are only using 1 or 2 standard stationary shelves per cabinet, you are not maximizing their use. Use pull out shelves for large pots and pans, mixing bowls, and small appliances. They help maximize storage for stacking, as well as save your back from digging to the back of the cabinet. Long, vertical pull out storage are ideal for spices, and condiments. Ideally, place these adjacent to the stove/oven area for quick reach, and return of the items. Adjacent to the kitchen sink, pullout trash and recycle bins are handy and you can clean your hands immediately after handling items.

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DRAWERS: Your local storage and home improvement store will have a wide variety of drawer organizers. Try to separate large and small utensils from each other. This allows for ease of choosing the right utensil without fumbling and searching. Locating aluminum foil, wax paper, trash bags, and storage bags in a drawer prevents boxes from collapsing and falling off of a pantry shelf. If you have the space, refrigerated drawers are available that can keep kids food and snack items in arms reach. These drawers enable kids to get their own food, and won’t interrupt your food preparation.

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KITCHEN ISLANDS: There are portable and fixed kitchen islands that add storage and extra counter space. Islands with casters are ideal for kitchen’s that need flexibility in space and function. Fixed kitchen islands can house shelves, drawers, a lower microwave shelf, and display area for cookbooks and collectibles. Kitchen organizer professional’s can also help you plan out each storage space to get the maximum use out of your cabinets and drawers.

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OPEN SHELVING: Don’t forget to use open shelves over the counter to maximize on storage and display at the same time. Consider storing dishware, and decorative pieces on open shelves. Pots and pans can hang from pot racks to add storage and ease in cooking over the stove. Storage isn’t always about hiding items. Some of the best storage ideas are one’s that serve a function and look beautiful doing it.

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Your enjoyment in the kitchen depends on how efficiently you can cook, to move on to enjoying your meal. These storage tips may just make you a happier cook.

 

FRONT DOOR GLASS: 17 HOME IMPROVEMENT IDEAS FOR YOU

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Front door glass are an important element of the facade, so their choice should be taken with the utmost responsibility. Usually the doors perform two functions: to protect the room from drafts and noise from the street, as well as complement the exterior of the building.

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Modern Design of Black Front Door

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Modern Style with Powder Coated Glass

Previously, it was assumed that the front door unit is not required to, and shall, no decorative function at all. The door to the building of a country type, for a cottage or apartment must comply with the guaranteed safety functions and no more. In today’s market the door production of modern production has provided countless assortment of door products in a variety of manufacturing options. So now the door is allowed to pick up the protective unit is not only the presence of a list of security features, but also aesthetically pleasing.

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Exterior Front Doors in Combination with Brick

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Front Door Glass

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Entrance Door with Glass Inserts Above and Below

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Solid Wood Front Door in White Tones

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Contemporary Front Door with Patterns on the Glass

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Performance with Art Glass

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Glass doors or products with glass are quite durable and reliable protection.Modern technologies of production of the door managed to combine many materials with glass. Entrance glass doors are equipped with materials with equally strong characteristics that meet the highest standards and safety requirements under any mechanical influences.

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Doors made of tempered glass is good to use in houses of suburban type. Tempered glass doors are beautiful and at the same time safe and that wealthy homeowners need.

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Among the advantages of using glass in the manufacture of door experts say their resistance to deformation. Glass does not change its properties and characteristics, regardless of changes in ambient temperature and humidity. Stamps glass used to make windows, allow you to create very strong, lightweight and guaranteed reliable design provides absolute security of the home.

 

Five Things to Do Now to Prepare Your Home for the Summer Heat

Test for Ventilation Leaks

Your air conditioner is functioning efficiently—great! If you have leaks in your home, though, it doesn’t really matter, because that perfectly cooled air is slowly leaking out. You can call in a professional, but it’s simple enough to conduct your own home energy audit first.

First, look for actual leaks: drafts in your windows and doors. If you do find any leaks, you can seal them up with caulk and weather stripping. Speaking of windows, MyHomeIdeas suggests a few additions to keep them cool: reflective film, sunscreen-fabric curtains, roller shades.

If you’ve never checked the attic or basement insulation in your home, it may have compacted over the years, which means it’s not covering everything it should. Check your insulation for leaks and gaps. Former Lifehacker contributor Timothy Dahl suggests you look around pipes and ductwork, specifically, and fill those areas using expanding foam. You should also make sure the attic floor is insulated without blocking vents. When it comes to adding large amounts of your own insulation, keep in mind: it can be a pretty messy job.

Set Up a Barrier for Bugs

Summer weather seems to bring out the bugs, and San Joaquin Pest Control explains why:

For the most part, many bugs and insects go into some form of hibernation during the colder months. Other insects migrate someplace warm to wait out the colder months. Still others decide the best way to stay out of the cold is to camp out in your home. You may see more bugs in your house in the winter months, although many of them make their homes inside walls and attics where you are unlikely to encounter them…The minute it starts warming up, the bugs of summer will begin to flock to your area.

In my old apartment, we’d get an influx of ants every year. If you don’t have a landlord to take care of pest control, or you just want to do it yourself, there are a number of ways to keep bugs from coming in.

First, make sure everything is properly sealed. And if you checked for leaks, you’ve already done this. Check the caulking around your windows and doors, then fix any drafts or gaps with new weather stripping and caulking. Spray your outdoor perimeter with a pesticide, along with baseboards, sinks, windows, and doors. There are specific options for creating an insect barrier, too: Ortho Home Defense and Raid Bug Barrier, for example.

Read all the applicable warnings on the pesticide and make sure your pets don’t get into it. It’s easy enough to make your own DIY natural repellant, and Apartment Therapy offers a simple solution here.

Change Your Ceiling Fan Direction

Yes, your ceiling fan is designed to rotate differently depending on the season. In winter months, it should rotate clockwise to help distribute heat that’s risen. In the summer, though, you should run your fan counter-clockwise at higher speeds to get a breeze going.

Check to see which direction the fans in your home are moving, and, if necessary, hit the small black switch near the base to change directions.

Prevent Water Damage

Summer weather isn’t just hot and sticky. It can also be stormy and, sometimes, dangerous. For example, hurricane season hits in the summer months, and with it often comes flooding. Make sure your house is protected, and as Quick and Dirty Tips points out, this starts with your foundation:

check your basement for cracks and leaks. Build up dirt or place grates outside your house to direct water away from the foundation. If the dirt you currently have has settled around your house, water will start running toward your house. As a general rule, a grate of one-inch-per-foot will ensure proper water runoff.

Again, make sure your windows and doors are properly sealed and caulked, too. You should also test your gutters. Turn on your garden hose and place it inside the gutter so water begins to run. Then, walk around your home’s perimeter and check the gutter. Look for water coming out of any places it shouldn’t. You should also check your gutters for dips or sags where water might pool near your house.

Inspect your roof to ensure it’s in good working order (remove any debris and leaves while you’re up there). You can call a professional, but if you want to do it yourself, HouseLogic lists a few issues to look out for:

  • Cracked caulk or rust spots on flashing.
  • Shingles that are buckling, curling, or blistering.
  • Missing or broken shingles.
  • Cracked and worn rubber boots around vent pipes.
  • Missing or damaged chimney cap…
  • Masses of moss and lichen, which could signal the roof is decaying underneath. Black algae stains are just cosmetic.

You can check your indoor ceiling for early signs of leaking, too. You might notice dark water stains or peeling paint. If you do find a leak, you want to call in a professional as soon as possible, especially if you live in an area that gets hit hard with summer rain.

Now is the time to make a few changes around your home to prepare for the extreme weather. With a few tweaks and inspections, it’s easy enough to make sure you’re in good shape by the time summer arrives.

Protect Your Property with a Home Security Audit

by Lucinda Watrous

A home security audit is the best way to identify weak points in your physical security. Take the time to evaluate your home not from an aesthetic point of view, but from that of a criminal. Look for ways you could break into your home if you locked your keys inside. Then consider how much further someone would be willing to go to get inside if they didn’t care about damaging the house.

Inspect the Exterior

Walk outside and thoroughly examine the exterior of your home, including entrances, windows, and the surrounding physical area. Prune shrubs and trees leading up to the house, and those around windows and doors, closely enough to make it impossible for someone to conceal themselves. House numbers need to be clearly displayed and easily visible from the road to assist emergency responders in locating the home in case of an emergency.

Check Your Doors

All doors should be of a solid material and locked with a deadbolt of at least one inch. One of the newest innovations to come into the home security market are smart locks. These devices allow your smartphone to become a digital key that unlocks a deadbolt. This can boost your security by making it quicker and easier for you to enter your home. A digital monitoring system for your doors allows you to see who is at your door whether you’re there or not.

Watch Your Windows

Windows are an easy target for thieves wanting to gain entrance to a home. They are far easier to open or break, and are typically not monitored as closely. To make your windows more secure it is essential to make sure they are always locked, even if they are partially opened. Never leave windows open when the family is away from the house, and ensure the exterior space around them is adequately illuminated. As an additional security precaution, many home security companies will add motion sensors to windows to alert residents if they are tampered with. There are also numerous options available for private installation.

Don’t Forget the Garage

The garage is an often overlooked exterior entrance, especially if people use the space for storage instead of for parking. It’s important that you reinforce the garage door itself to make access to the area more difficult. Garage door armor is a lot like adding a deadbolt to the biggest entrance to your home. However, the secondary point of entry is the door between the house and the garage. It should be as sturdy as the other exterior doors, and also fitted with a deadbolt.

Bedrooms

Most people store their most valuable items in their bedrooms, which makes it an ideal location for a safe. When choosing a safe look for one that would be difficult to move, ideally more than 100lbs. It is easy to take smaller safes and open them in a more leisurely setting. If the safe has to be opened before the criminals are able to leave, it is possible they won’t bother and will instead move on to more easily accessible items. Take the time to secure all items of value, including jewelry, heirlooms, and firearms. This may require more than one safe, but the investment is worth it as a deterrent and as a safety measure.

High Tech

Technology is rapidly changing home security. Making your home as secure as possible has become something tech savvy people can do for a fraction of the cost of working with a home security service. You can watch what is going on in your home from your smartphone. The variety and functionality of devices is expanding at a rapid rate and each new iteration makes it easier than ever to secure your home. While performing your home security audit, consider the ways high tech options might make your life easier and your home safer.

Completing a home security audit will force you to think of the ways in which you and your family are vulnerable. Many people avoid doing this because it is scary to think about someone else invading your space in such a way. Unfortunately, according to the FBI, there is a burglary in the United States about every 15 seconds. Take the time to make your house as secure as possible, and avoid becoming a statistic.

7 Ways To Determine A Home’s Architectural Style

Whether you’re headed to open houses or just cruising around town, you may begin to notice architectural details of the homes around you: round columns versus square on a front porch, stucco versus brick, and a gabled roof versus a saltbox roof. For the curious home buyer, it opens up a slew of questions about architectural styles. Do those windows belong to a Colonial or a traditional home? How can you tell if the expansive front porch addition on your home matches the original architectural style of the rest of the house?

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Knowing the basics of the most popular home styles — and being able to explain exactly what you like to your real estate agent — can be a big help when you’re starting a house hunt. “When looking for a home, knowing the architectural style you prefer will help your agent choose the right houses to show you,” says Amy Mizner, principal of Benoit Mizner Simon & Co. Real Estate in Wellesley, MA.

Here’s a quick guide to identifying some of the most popular residential architectural styles across the country.

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Victorian: Large wraparound porches, bay windows, and scalloped wood siding
Who hasn’t dreamed of owning a fine architectural gem like this home for sale at107 S. 20th Ave, Longport, NJ? “There are several telltale features that Victorian houses share, usually starting with a front porch with a pretty wood railing traditionally painted in vivid contrasting colors,” says Holly Mack-Ward, real estate agent with Holly Mack-Ward & Co. Coldwell Banker in Philadelphia, PA. “A large double-door entry into a vestibule, bay windows, turrets, and scalloped wood siding are all common exterior features,” she adds.

The interiors tend to match the facade in these detailed houses, where intricate millwork, plaster molding, and decorative fireplaces with elaborate mantels are common. “There’s something about an old house with fun shapes and pointy towers that make people feel like they own their own castle,” adds real estate agent Scott Fore of Berkshire Hathaway Verani in Portsmouth, NH.

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Craftsman: Open porches, gabled roofs, and jutting eaves
“Craftsman-style homes can be charming, especially if you like the idea of a simple home with a cozy porch and a stone fireplace,” says Mizner. “These are great homes for first-time homebuyers or those ready to downsize.” Craftsman homeslike this one at 8336 32nd Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98117, first popularized during the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th century, are also celebrated for the detailed woodwork and specialty built-ins (think shelving and window seats) often found inside.

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Tudor: Pitched roofs, large chimneys, ornamental framing
You might feel as though you’re in a BBC miniseries in a classic Tudor like this home for sale at 2349 Middlesex Dr., Toledo, OH 43606, but lo and behold, Tudors are available (and popular) in America. Tudors typically feature pitched roofs and heavy chimneys (usually in stone or brick) that lend a medieval feeling to the architecture. This style of architecture was inspired by 16th-century English thatched-roof cottages and became popular in the 19th and 20th centuries in the U.S. Expect a mix of brick, half-timber, and stucco on the facade in natural color schemes, plus elaborate arched doorways.

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Mid-Century Modern: Open floor plans, large windows
Residential architecture saw the advent of a new type of design in the mid-20th century with open, multilevel floor plans and large windows that helped bring in nature like this home for sale at 3801 Whispering Lane, Falls Church, VA 22041.Joshua Saslove with Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Aspen, CO, acknowledges how this modern style of architecture (also referred to as bungalows) brought in a new wave of design. “These homes are characterized by distinct linear lines, clean materials, and creative floor plans,” says Saslove of the style, often fabricated in steel and concrete. The Mid-Century Modern style, inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie School of architecture, also allowed families to be near each other while still moving freely through the home, popularizing open-concept floor plans that are still in demand today.

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Colonial: Columns, wood siding, and symmetrical design
You might have missed this type of architecture if you snoozed through history class. The style, a mix of different styles including Georgian, Dutch, and Federal, was first popularized by America’s early settlers. Today’s Colonial-style architecture is marked by grand exterior columns and symmetrical windows like in this home for sale at 2401 Kalorama Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20008. “If you’re looking for a true Colonial, look for a big box with formal and informal spaces,” says Amy Mizner. “You can’t go wrong with high ceilings; if it’s too conventional, bring in an architect and take down a few walls. It’s less expensive to remodel an older Colonial than to build from scratch.”

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Cape Cod: Steep roofs, prominent central chimneys, and dormer windows
Cape Cod houses are just plain cute: just look at this home for sale at 76 Ryder Beach Rd., Truro, MA 02666. They’re often decorated with flower boxes and neat shutters and give you a feeling of being close to the beach. This style of architecture was first used in the U.S. in the 1600s, because it reminded early Americans of the cozy English cottages they had left behind — and was sturdy enough to stand up to the area’s harsh winters. Its smallish rooms with a central chimney also served a practical purpose: they were easier to heat and stayed warm longer. While most of today’s Cape Cod-style homes were built to house the influx of veterans after World War II, they shared architectural similarities with those first built in New England: dormer windows, which are windows sticking out from a roof, smaller rooms, and shingled front facades.

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Mediterranean: Red-tile roofs, plaster, and curved doors or archways
This style of home just might make you nostalgic for your last European vacation. The architectural style’s name is derived from its region of origin, and Mediterranean homes are marked by a sprawling floor plan, red-tile roofs, and a smooth plaster facade. Unsurprisingly, these homes are popular in the South (think Florida, where you’ll find this home for sale at 2416 Grandiflora Blvd., Panama City Beach, FL 32408), and are often accompanied by a palm tree or two.

14 Best Remodeling & Home Improvement Ideas To Increase Your Home’s Value

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If you’re looking to improve your home, of course you have to consider several things. First of all, will this improvement satisfy and fulfill a need? It’s important that you answer it truthfully because home improvements are generally expensive so at least make sure you are aware of your needs. In addition, will you be able to afford it? There are a lot of home improvement ideas, some affordable and some are expensive. The good thing is depending on your need, there’s usually an affordable and more expensive option.

Another Factor to Consider

The factors listed above are for the present. As a homeowner, you also have to consider the future. In this case, you have to consider how this improvement is going to help you in the future.

It’s not just about making sure that this investment will last a very long time. Hiring a reliable contractor can help make sure of that. You also have to consider how it’s going to affect your home’s resale value. This is true even if you’re not really planning on selling your home. Who knows what the future holds?

If you’re going to invest in a home improvement project, at least make sure that it will help increase your home’s resale value. This way, you’ll be able to recoup a good part of your investment when you do decide to sell your home later on.

The Best Home Improvement Ideas

Here are the best home improvement ideas that not only satisfy and fulfill a specific need but also help increase your home’s resale value:

  • Garage door replacement
    This is actually something that you can do right now because it’s very affordable. On average, it will just cost you $1,595 to have a better looking (and functioning) garage door. It will increase your home’s resale value by $1,410 so that’s an investment well spent.
  • Vinyl siding replacement
    Curb appeal matters when it comes to determining a home’s resale value and vinyl is king when it comes to siding. Spend $12,013 on vinyl siding replacement and based on the national average, you can expect to recoup 80.7% of your investment when you sell your home later on.
  • Wooden deck addition
    A wooden deck is not only beautiful; it’s highly functional as well. This is why it’s not a surprise that it improves the home’s resale value by $8,085. Not bad for a $10,048 investment.
  • Minor kitchen remodel
    The kitchen usually makes or breaks a deal so make sure that you’ll have a kitchen that prospective buyers would love. Homeowners spend $19,226 on average for a minor kitchen remodel but they’re able to recoup 79.3% of their investment because buyers are generally willing to pay $15,255 more because of the remodeled kitchen. Here’s a REALLY minor kitchen remodel that yielded major results!

Other Ideas

Check out this infographic by Contractor Quotes to learn other home improvement ideas that can improve your home and increase its resale value.

 

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