Anice Hoachlander Photo By: If your old tub is too large to fit out the door, re-glaze it for a like-new finish. Remove dated wall coverings and apply a fresh coat of paint. For damaged walls, spray-on texture provides quick coverage. Replace old shower doors or remove them to add the illusion of space.
ROI values and remodeling costs are subject to change. Not sure where to start? Local garden centers often offer free design services, or ask the neighbors what works for them.
Sod costs about 30 to 35 cents a square foot, so a 5, sq. Budget for delivery fee if you buy less than 1, sq. A splash of color at the front of the house is an eye-catching plus.
For maximum impact, use one color and vary the height of plants. If your doorway is overwhelmed by greenery, get out the shears. Replace overgrown shrubbery with flowering foundation plants, mixing heights and colors for dramatic effect. A charming focal point like a walkway and fountain adds major value to your property.
Roll a sealant on flagstones for a permanent wet look that enhances the color. Do a minor remodel when your kitchen needs a cosmetic update and not a drastically different floor plan. Running the lights between two joists is easier than running through the joists. Brighten up the kitchen by sanding and painting existing cabinets.
It's much less expensive than buying new ones. Add decorator detail without the cost by changing drapes and window molding. A gallon of paint covers sq. Paint color cards take the guesswork out of choosing the right color combination for doors, trim and siding.
If your house was painted before , test for lead before sanding or scraping. Fiberglass composite columns are popular and durable. Check salvage yards for unique historic columns. For an updated look, remove old awnings from windows and doors. Swap damaged wrought-iron railings for real wood supports for a more inviting entry.
Give a bare, charmless porch a dramatic makeover by adding a pergola and columns. The best recoup rate is in the West: That price includes a 15 x 15 ft. Add attic insulation to lower your utility bills. Making sure the foil vapor barrier is installed down toward the ceiling to prevent moisture from seeping up. Check the US Department of Energy website to see the right level of insulation for your area.
Can your existing HVAC system handle the load of another room? If not, factor in the cost of a second unit. A solar-powered attic fan is an efficient way to save on cooling costs. The attic fan exhausts heat from above your home and is powered by a solar cell on the roof. Start at the bottom. Replace old floors with fresh tile in ceramic or stone for a solid payoff. Buy extra tiles in case you break any during installation. Set some tiles aside at the end of the job for future repairs.
Give an old vanity a facelift with a new countertop for a clean, fresh look buyers will love. Use eye-fooling tricks to make a small bath look larger. A new pedestal sink is a smart replacement for an old cabinet. The smaller footprint gives the illusion of space. That price buys 30 ft. Kitchens feel bigger when there are fewer obstacles.
Remiove over-counter cabinets and make countertops truly useful by creating an eating bar. An eat-in kitchen is a big plus. Try adding a deluxe touch with a built-in banquet, bench and designer pillows. Local granite dealers that sell or even give away remnants then charge for cuts and installation can be a bargain option if you need 8 feet or less of countertop.
Stick with neutral colors for walls and window treatments. Remodeling to please yourself? Choose colors you love. Tin ceiling tiles make an affordable, custom backsplash. Put your home in the best light. Add eye-appeal with decorative planters on the front porch, patio and decks. Give a courtyard an impressive entry with an inviting gate, lighting and mature plantings. Small improvements will have a big impact at closing. Use bold plantings to emphasize features, or to distract the eye from flaws.
Run-down stairs lower your profit margin, so make sure porch railings are safe and attractive. Camouflage unattractive air conditioning units with a wooden trellis.
In the West, the recoup rate reaches nearly percent, but it falls to 83 percent in the South. A 20 x 30 entertaining area with wet bar, a 5x8 bath, recessed lighting and a laminate floor. Always fix flooding problems first. Add French drains, bigger gutters or re-slope the yard to keep water out. Test to make sure the fixes work before investing time or materials in a basement. Want just the wet bar? Add carpet squares with a traction backing for an amazing transformation. In the West, basement remodels return percent of cost, in the Midwest, 73 percent.
Big city window replacements pay off. And for maximum efficiency, add argon gas inside the pane to prevent heat and cold transference within the window. The highest recoup rates occur in high-cost Western markets. A sunroom adds value only in upscale neighborhoods. Make sure it has an open transition. A wider interior doorway and more substantial steps visually connect the addition to the rest of the house.