Upgrade Your Investment, While Adding Value to Your Return

Although much progress has been made in the recovery of our economy, homeowners still need to be careful about how much they invest in upgrading their property. There are four key areas in which a return on your investment is nearly a guarantee. With careful planning and budget-friendly options, making your home into to your dream home is within reach.

Start with the heart of the home; the kitchen. Re-facing cabinets is an affordable option.  In fact, the savings is about 75% over purchasing all new cabinets. Re-facing includes replacing the cabinet fronts, drawers and hardware on your structurally solid existing cabinetry. Another cost-effective option is a professional paint job on the existing cabinets and replacing the hardware.

Another great way to bring a new, fresh look to your kitchen is to replace your counter tops. If you think marble or granite are not within your financial means, think again. There are plenty avenues to purchase these materials at a discounted rate. Often times, stone yards have remnants at fraction of the cost. For an even more affordable option, durable laminate counter tops, which resemble granite or marble, are available.

Freshening up your bathroom is a promising investment with a boost to your home’s bottom line. It’s generally the little things that have the most impact. A new sink, faucet and other fixtures can bring a whole new look and feel, while increasing your home’s value. Give your bathroom that extra punch, with a standard mirror, framed with tile or molding.

Think about your home from the top down. Curb appeal has the power to make or break a home appraisal and sale. A new roof is the number one way to entice a potential buyer. There are endless options of cost-efficient roofing materials. If you want to add color and aesthetic appeal, you’re sure to find it in a composite shingle. This budget-friendly alternative to metal, slate or tile, allows you to show off your personal style.

Potential home buyers are looking for homes with extended, outdoor living space. So much so, that it’s on the top ten list of “home must haves”. Extend your home by adding outdoor living space, such as a deck or patio. Having a nicely finished wooden deck or a stone patio is like having an outdoor family/dining room. There’s not much better than that.


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