In this economy its hard to know what home improvement projects will be worth the investment. That’s why it’s so important to take on remodeling projects that will be well worth the time and money spent. Keeping that in mind, consider these six home improvement projects that offer the most bang for your buck:
Before you put your house on the market, take a look at the color choices you’ve made for its interior and exterior. Studies have shown that houses with pale yellow exteriors attract more traffic. Likewise, if you paint the interior of your home with pale, neutral colors, you are more likely to see it sold, and you’ll be able to sell it for more money.
Soft water preserves the life of all appliances in your home that utilize water including ice machines, clothes washers, and dish washers. Not only will a water softener save your appliances, it will also save your pipes! When you install a water softener in your home, you remove the mineral deposits that settle into your plumbing system and eventually cause corrosion.
Take a look at your bathroom and see what you can update. Are your faucets straight out of the ’50s? Are your fixtures ’70s rejects? Making small, relatively inexpensive changes to your bathroom can pack a big punch if you ever decide to sell. Avoid tiles, fixtures and faucets that are too trendy. Traditional accessories will attract a wider range of buyers when it comes time for you to sell your home.
If you live in a small house, concentrate your efforts on making cosmetic upgrades to your kitchen. If you live in a larger home, replacing old appliances will give you great return for your money. People looking for high-end appliances are typically looking at larger homes. People who are in the market for a smaller home will appreciate simple things like a great paint job, new faucets, and nice wooden cabinets.
If you’ve got windows that are letting a draft into your home, it’s time to replace them. Energy-efficient windows will make you more comfortable in your home, no matter the season, and save you a great deal of money on your utility bills. If your windows are more than ten years old, you may want to consider replacing them with newer models.
You’ll need to hire a professional if you or your friends are not skilled in hanging siding, but your investment can pay off tremendously in the long run. Siding will make your home more attractive to potential buyers when you are ready to sell, and will save you the time, cost, and effort required to keep your paint job looking fresh and clean. Fiber-cement siding is recommended by professionals for those who want to recoup the most cost.
For busy moms, it only makes sense to spend your time and money on home improvement projects that will be of benefit in the future. Whether you plan on staying in your home or are considering selling it, these six home improvements can pay you back within a few short years.
Shashi Kapoor writes for Harvey Water Softeners, a water softener retailer that can help you make easy and cost-effective upgrades to your home and get rid of hard water.