Thinking about selling your home this year or just want to spruce it up? Many homeowners address the inside but sometimes neglect the outside.

If your home is on the market, keep in mind that the first thing a prospective buyer sees is the exterior or facade of your home. So it’s a good idea to make a good and lasting first impression.

Here are some home improvement projects for you to tackle this year both inside and out.

1. Add a patio or deck

No matter what part of the country you live in, buyers are always looking for extra outdoor living space. Renovating your outside space can recoup as much as 70% of your investment, just by adding a beautiful wood deck.

Already have outdoor space? Try raising the ambiance by incorporating an outdoor fireplace, interesting water feature, or lush new landscaping.

2. Replace or refurbish your front door

Does your front door stand out and show off your home? A fresh, updated new door makes a lasting impression on neighbors, visitors, and potential buyers. You’ll likely recoup roughly 80% of your investment if you’re buying a new one.

If your budget is tight, consider painting it with a trendy color that complements the rest of your home.  Details such as new hardware can make a huge difference as well.

3. Remodel your kitchen

One of the first rooms a prospective buyer will look at is your kitchen. Kitchens can either make or break a sale, depending on how well they’re updated and designed.

If you intend to sell your home soon, it’s wise not to overspend. If you can only do a couple of improvements, they can be as simple as painting the cabinets or upgrading the light fixtures to create a better atmosphere.

4. Add more space

Adding on to your home will clearly depend on your budget and ultimate goals. However, adding extra space always increases the equity in your home, whether you renovate an attic or expand existing living space. Turning an unused attic into a bedroom will usually recoup as much as 70% of your dollars.

5. Replace your windows

Home buyers are not only interested in the visual appearance of windows but their level of energy efficiency. Replacing worn-out, old wooden or vinyl frames will significantly boost the overall value of your home, especially if they are Energy-Star rated.

6. Freshen up your home with new window treatments

Nothing lowers the atmosphere in a room quicker than outdated, mismatched, and ugly window treatments. The best window treatments complement the rest of the room while letting in as much natural light as possible.

Also, window hardware says a lot about the style and feel of a room in general. Many people overlook this aspect, but it’s very important as an expression of high-end design. Good design is always in the details.

Implementing some of the above ideas in your home will not only increase its value but make you proud to call it home.


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