If you have been in your home for a number of years, you might notice a number of areas where the wear and tear of normal living has created a need for remodeling or renewal. Some areas of the home get more use and may require updating sooner than others. Here are four areas where your money and efforts will make the biggest impact on your daily enjoyment of your home, as well as the home’s value.
Generally, a home interior needs a new coat of paint every 5 to 7 years. Of course, you don’t have to change your furniture and carpeting on the same schedule. Homeowners can choose from thousands of paint colors that will coordinate with your existing furnishing to give your home a fresh and well-maintained appearance. New trends in paint colors are designed each year, to provide a new opportunity to help your home interior look more modern and appealing.
Flooring can take a beating with daily traffic from adults, children and pets. New flooring will brighten and modernize any home interior. You can choose from a variety of materials, including hardwoods, laminates, engineered wood, vinyl, ceramic tile or stone. Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages, so consider your family’s needs when choosing flooring. In addition, you should also consider what a potential buyer would find desirable, if you plan to sell your home in the near future.
Renovating a kitchen is great way to add more space and more enjoyment to your home. However, many people tend to go all-out on their kitchen-remodeling project, which can be very expensive and will not be recouped in your selling price, when you’re ready to put your house on the market. Focus on new or refaced cabinets, stone countertops and new flooring to give the room a fresh and modern look. Too many customized conveniences can be a negative in the marketplace. Go for muted or neutral colors that can be enhanced with small touches of color.
A bathroom update can involve a complete re-do of walls, flooring and fixtures. However, your bathroom may not require a complete remodeling to look fresh and new. If the wall and floor tiling is in good condition and not terribly out of date, you can clean tiles and grout thoroughly with a steam cleaner and replace the faucets and fixtures for a totally updated look. A new vanity, mirror and lighting can make a significant difference in the appearance and utility of your existing bathroom.
A thorough trimming and new plantings for your landscaping can make a significant difference in your home’s appearance and marketability. Look carefully at old trees that might need significant trimming for safety and beauty. Replacing plants around your foundation can give