- Add an attic bedroom. If your attic has the standing room, it really doesn’t take a lot of effort to convert that useable space into a practical room or den. This same philosophy can be applied to other spaces like a garage or basement. All it might take is some dry wall, paint and furnishing. It’s also a fun project that you can do yourself with busting the budget. This spare room could also come in handy if you have siblings who are now sharing a bedroom. As they get older, they’ll be lobbying for their own bedroom. Why not get that ready now? If you don’t need a spare bedroom, why not consider a home office or just a quiet space for reading? Surely you can find a purpose for an extra room!
- Add a wood deck out back. It has been estimated that when a home owner installs a wooden deck to their backyard they can actually recoup close to 80% of the cost of installation based on the increased value of the home. Adding a deck might be a bit more labor intensive which could require hiring professional deck builders. The advantage of this is that you’ll find many prefabricated options that can lower the cost. You could also design your own deck to accommodate whatever type of entertaining needs you have in mind. Would you prefer and open deck or enclosed one? Will you be grilling out there? The possibilities are limitless.
- Replace all your windows. Depending on the circumstances, your windows might be in desperate need of an upgrade. If you still have old windows they might be letting out all your warm air or let in all the cold air which is going to force you to crank up the heat and increase your energy bills. Replacing windows is another great way to increase the value of your home. New windows are also easier to clean and make for a brighter look all around.
- Update your kitchen. This doesn’t mean a complete remodel but instead you could simply replace your old appliances with new, energy efficient models to give your kitchen a facelift. Of course, there is nothing wrong with a total remodel. This would involve replacing cabinets and countertops. If your kitchen is really the “heart of your home” then perhaps it’s time to get the most out of that space by widening the walls and brining in a center prep island. A top chef needs the right space to create culinary magic!
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