Picture it: You just finished your taxes and this year, you’re getting a refund. You know you want to put at least some of that money toward improving your house, but you’re not sure what would add actual value to your home. Lucky for you, you’re in the right place! We have some suggestions, from small things you can do to the big projects.
1. Paint. Putting a fresh coat of paint on your walls, ceilings and trim is one of the most wallet-friendly improvements you can make. New paint makes your home look and feel cleaner, and can completely change the atmosphere of your rooms. And changing the color of your front door can make the exterior of your home look completely different. While premium paints can be on the expensive side, we’ve found them to be well worth the investment — the thicker formulas go on smoothly and evenly to give you better coverage with fewer drips. A few of my favs ….. Hallman Lindsey, Sherwin-Williams and Behr.
2. Floors. If your bathrooms and laundry room are sporting peel-and-stick tile from the 1990s (ewww) you should probably consider changing it out for something better. What’s “better”? My go-to options are Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) or Plank (LVP). You can find a slew of options out there, and I can certainly help you figure out what would work best for your family. These spaces tend to be smaller, though, making them some of the more affordable rooms to resurface.
3. Countertops. If a total remodel of your bathrooms and kitchen isn’t in the budget, you can consider just switching out the countertops. Everyone loves the thought of solid surface or natural stone. If you’re updating a bathroom, look for remnants — it’s the best bang for your buck! But if solid surface or natural stone aren't quite in the budget, consider swapping out that 30-year-old laminate kitchen countertop with a High-Definition Laminate product that has the look of natural stone. And better yet, you can have an undermount sink in the same surface. I swear!! I do it all the time! One of my favorite manufacturers is Wilsonart. Having just attended the BlogTour at KBIS, it is amazing what can be done with laminates today! I absolutely love their HD looks!
4. New kitchen appliances. You can modernize your kitchen just by buying new appliances. Purchasing the best you can afford is an easy way to make your kitchen seem more luxurious than it was.
5. Landscaping. Another area where you can get a lot of bang for your buck is landscaping. Cutting back overgrown bushes, trimming trees, putting down fresh mulch, planting new annuals or perennials — all of these things can be done for not a lot of money and can go a long way to freshening the look of your yard.
6. Kitchen and bath remodels. If your kitchen and bathrooms were last remodeled during the last century, and your budget allows, gutting them and completely re-doing those spaces will have an immense payoff in the future. Working with a designer, you can create the space that fits you and your family, not the family of three homeowners past. You can add more modern features — drawers with built-in charging stations in your kitchen and rain shower heads for your bathroom — and you can update the materials and colors to suit the tastes of the new millennium.
7. Converting an attic. Another big-budget item that adds value to your home is taking a large, mostly unused attic and turning it into an extra bedroom (bonus points if you can put in a bathroom up there). It’s a huge undertaking, and involves a lot of specialized work, but being able to advertise your home as a four-bedroom, three-bath home can attract a lot more buyers when you want to sell.