Summertime is here and millions of Americans will be starting home improvement projects. Whether they're classified as maintenance, updating or energy saving, they should make homeownership more enjoyable.
Remodeling Magazine's 2010-11 Cost vs. Value report suggests that some improvements are a better investment than others. Front door and garage door replacements are two of the easiest and return the greatest percentage of cost on resale.
Kitchen and bathroom updates transform an older home and instantly give visitors and buyers a fresh impression. Countertops and appliances can be expensive but yield great results. Painting the cabinets and replacing the hardware is much less expensive to change the look and feel of the rooms.
Energy efficiency enhancements can improve your enjoyment of the home and help save money on utility costs.
- Replace older appliances - refrigerators, ceiling fans, water heaters, air-conditioners
- Add insulation to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter
- Seal air leaks around doors and windows; holes in attics and crawl spaces with caulk, spray foam or weather stripping - more info
- Seal all heating and cooling system ducts - more info
Looking through the eyes of a buyer could show you what features most date your home and could order the priority that you tackle the projects.