Article by Yvonne Volante
Remodeling Your Home On A Budget – Other
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If you’ve lived in your home any length of time, you probably have considered doing some remodeling. In fact, the National Association of Home Builders estimates that we will spend nearly $ 240 billion over the next year in remodeling projects. That’s a lot of paint (not to mention nails, screws, plywood, tile, etc.)!
A recent article published in PARADE suggested 5 quick, easy, and cheap ideas for giving your house that look of a major remodeling:
1. Add a new backsplash in the kitchen. This can make you kitchen have a new look for a minimum investment.
2. Add glass in the bathroom. It creates a look of more space by opening up the tub/shower area.
3. Go outside. A new barbecue grill can liven up the forgotten square footage of your home.
4. Add or change lighting. A lighting professional can give some great ideas here.
5. Make-over you closets. Lots of kits and ideas are available at your local retailer.
These are just a few of the many ideas which you can implement to give your home a remodeled look. By taking the time to visit a few of the local retailers (box stores and specialty stores), you can come up with some great ideas. Also, a visit to your local home show is a great source for generating ideas. And, more ideas can be found at http://www.fhhome.com.
If you are considering selling your home, a minor remodeling job can be a great investment. While doing a major remodel might get you a small increase in your selling price, you definitely will get better value from a small job than from a major remodel. Remember, just because you like a peach colored paint in the kitchen, does not mean a prospective buyer will. If you do paint or add something else with color, stick with neutral tones and smaller jobs. You will get more bang for you buck.
Naturally, doing the project yourself will save additional money. If you or someone in your household has the time, energy and talent to tackle the job, great. If you need additional tools (tile cutters, paint sprayers, etc.) be sure to check with your local store which may have tools and equipment to rent. Some of these outlets also offer seminars and classes which can be very helpful in giving you the confidence to tackle your project yourself.
But if you are not a do-it-your-self type of person, consider hiring a contractor who specializes in small jobs. A good contractor can also be a great source for new ideas. Enjoy your newly remodeled home!
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