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For many homeowners, taking on a renovation project is a big, stressful ordeal. They may be worried about sticking to a budget, or it might be difficult to figure out the best way to tackle a DIY project without having to call in a pro. And while there are definitely ups and downs when it comes to making changes in your home, it doesn’t have to be stressful. There are many ways you can update and renovate your rooms without breaking the bank … or your back.
The key is to do some research before you begin. How will you know what will boost your home’s market value if you’re not knowledgeable about what buyers want? Even if you’re not thinking about selling right now, there may come a time when you want to have more room for the kids, or downsize as you grow into your senior years. Thinking ahead now will save you a lot of time -- and potentially money -- down the road.
Here are the best projects to take on this year.
Update the bathrooms
The bathrooms are a major draw for most potential buyers, and it’s a room that can grow out of style very quickly if you don’t keep up with the trends. Updating the tile, countertops, fixtures, or lighting can all have a big impact, and most of these can be done over a weekend. The key is to do your homework first: Measure twice, ask for help at the home improvement store when it’s time to pick out the materials, and save the hard stuff -- like electrical work -- for the pros.
Make the kitchen a showpiece
The kitchen is often the center of a home, and it’s where families gather, meals are enjoyed together -- and where you can create a space that’s all your own while adding to your home’s value. There are tons of DIY projects you can tackle, such as installing a new backsplash or updating your appliances. It’s best to leave the big jobs to the pros
Installing a granite or stone countertop is a great way to add visual interest to the kitchen, but you’ll want to call someone else to do the heavy lifting. According to HomeAdvisor, the average budget for this project runs between $1,337 - $3,377.
Add some curb appeal
Many homeowners focus on the interior of their homes and forget to spruce up the outside. It doesn’t take a huge budget or a lot of time to create some curb appeal: a freshly painted front door, a few brightly colored flowers or neatly-trimmed shrubs or some creative landscaping is all you need to boost your home’s value and appearance.
Give your room a paint job
If your rooms have been painted the same color since you moved in, it’s time for a change. You don’t have to go for something too dramatic. You could consider a subtle blue-grey in the living room or a nice eggshell in the foyer. Other ideas include touching up the trim or installing crown molding to add sophistication to a room.
Completing a successful home improvement job involves many factors and planning is key. Not only will a well-thought out plan help you avoid disasters that can cost you in the long run, it will help you stay stress-free during the entire process. Do your research before you begin and ask for help when you need it, even if it’s just for advice from a family member who’s been there.
Article provided by Bret Engle from DIYGuys.net.