1/15/2016 from WindowNation: Article
There are a lot of home improvements that can make your home much nicer to live in. If you like to cook, a fully remodeled kitchen may be right up your alley. If you have more than two children, it is always good to have a second bathroom. But improvements like these can cost a lot of money, and often, they do give you a return on that money. Adding a $75,000 kitchen to a $100,000 home is not likely to yield a $75,000 return in value. Here are a few remodeling ideas for 2016 that will not only make your home feel new again, they will also justify the cost by giving you the best value for the money spent.
1) Bathroom Remodel
When you replace the tub, toilet, sink, vanity, tile, and fixtures in a bathroom it doesn’t just spruce up the place, it adds value to your home’s equity. If you’re looking for a home improvement project that will give you the most bang for your buck, this is a good way to go. If you’re looking for something to do that will be less expensive than a full remodel, there are some quick things you can do to spice things up and add value. Putting new paper on the walls or laying down a fresh coat of paint can make that bathroom feel fresh and new. Adding a re-glaze to your tub will give it a like-new finish for around $350. And, getting rid of old caulk around the tub with a softener like CAULK-BE-GONE®, and laying down some new caulk for a clean, fresh look, is a great idea for very little cash.
2) Replacement Windows
If you’re looking for more convenience, lower energy bills, less sound from passing traffic, and more light getting into your home, window replacements are a perfect investment. Not only will that investment pay for itself over time, it will add to the equity of your home immediately, by making the interior and the exterior of your home more appealing and increasing the feeling of newness. Nothing makes a home feel old like windows that don’t work right or look like they’ve been painted eight times.
3) Updated Front Entry Door
Another great exterior improvement is a new entry door. According to a 2015 remodeling Impact Report, a new steel front entry door can recover 75% of its cost at resale. Not only will you make most of your money back, you’ll also sell your home faster with an inviting entryway.
According to figures from the American Nursery and Landscape Association, the cost of landscaping can weigh in at a few thousand. But these costs will more than makeup for themselves when you go to sell your home. Landscaping has strong curb appeal and can significantly decrease how long a home stays on the market.
5) Vinyl Siding
Vinyl siding is always a good upgrade. Not only will you feel like you’re living in a new home, you’ll almost completely recoup your investment and add protection that will protect the value of your home.