Owning your own place carries a lot of responsibilities. One of them is regularly taking care of your home. So how do we do just that? By simple maintenance and upkeep of course! But you can actually do more for your home if you like. Why not try some home improvement projects firs? These projects do not just make your place feel like new, it also increases your home’s value if done the right way and at the right time. Here are some simple home improvement tips before you start remodeling or renovating, if ever you decide to.
First, you should prioritize. Choose to do the home improvement projects that can boos the resale value of your home first. What are these projects? Research has shown that upgrading your kitchen, upgrading your bathroom, energy efficient add-ons, installing a sprinkler system, and installing speakers in your house are all good for raising your home’s value. Also, consider that some home improvements are more urgent than others. Is your home ready for winter?
Running short on ideas on the design and the specifics? Do find inspiration for your next project. Check out the home improvement websites and look at blueprint photos, cost estimates, and contractors too. Better Homes and Gardens (bhg.com), as well as Zillow Digs are good resources. You can choose to DIY but remember that not all home improvement projects are suitable to do yourself. Know your limits and don’t be afraid to seek help from a handyman or a contractor.
Know the different ways in which you can finance your home improvement without putting your home at risk. Study also the tax breaks you get for home repairs or home improvements as you can make the proper deductions at tax time and get some money back from your projects. Another advice we can give you is to save money for each home improvement project. The money you saved from prior home improvement projects can then be used in subsequent ones. You can then choose to splurge on some expensive projects like installing solar water heaters, going tankless, or even installing a whole-house fan.
Last advice we can give is to plan ahead of time. Set goals and they should be specific, realistic, and of course, attainable. You can also try using design tools to conceptualize your project and update it time to time for each accomplished task. In this way, you are in full control of your home improvement project from start to finish.