Research shows that major remodeling projects like upgrading a bathroom or renovating a basement definitely pay off when it comes time to selling your home. Those are big projects. Homeowners need to understand that smaller and medium-sized projects can also have huge benefits.
Maumee, OH (Vocus) October 13, 2010
In today’s competitive home selling environment, it’s important to take a critical look at a home before putting it on the market. Trimming up hedges, adding decorative urethane trim around an exterior door and a fresh coat of paint may get potential buyers to step through the threshold, but according to building industry representatives at Fypon, what they find inside is just as important as adding curb appeal to the exterior.
“Home improvement projects always equate to increasing the value and appeal of your house," says Tina Mealer, marketing manager with Fypon. “Whether you add crown moulding to a bedroom or replace an old dishwasher with a newer, energy-efficient model, every investment means adding value to the home.
“Research shows that major remodeling projects like upgrading a bathroom or renovating a basement definitely pay off when it comes time to selling your home. Those are big projects. Homeowners need to understand that smaller and medium-sized projects can also have huge benefits.”
According to the experts at Fypon, there are 10 extremely positive home improvement projects that can make life in a current home more enjoyable in the short-term, and pay big dividends when selling the home.
Project #1 – Create a designated home office space. Whether it’s part of a room partitioned off with an obscure Hy-Lite acrylic block wall to create a private nook, or an entire dedicated room, home offices are essential parts of today’s living. The multi-functional space can be used for children to study, paying bills, writing or for a home business.
Project #2 – Treat your ceilings as the fifth wall in a room. Accent and embellish them with beaded plywood, paints or decorative finishes. Consider adding a lightweight urethane ceiling medallion from Fypon around ceiling lights and fans. Two-piece medallions snap into place in less than five minutes to add more ambiance to a room.
Project #3 – Invest in a carpet cleaner. While a professional cleaning looks terrific for a few weeks, a carpet cleaner gives you long-term access to cleaner carpets. Regular cleanings will enhance the life of the carpet and present a more appealing aspect to the overall home.
Project #4 – Replace old, leaky windows with energy efficient vinyl windows. Windows meeting ENERGY STAR requirements help save on heating and cooling bills all year long. And, for added safety and security, along with reducing noise penetration from the outside into the home, consider Simonton StormBreaker Plus impact-resistant windows. Much like a car windshield, when broken the glass in these windows adheres to a heavy invisible plastic interlayer, thus reducing the damage inside the home from storms or crime attempts.
Project #5 – Expand living space by adding a deck or sunroom. Increasing the amount of usable space in a home always equates to adding more value. Whether it’s placing an awning over a patio area, converting a screened-in porch to a sunroom or adding a deck, the creation of more living space makes life more enjoyable now and adds an appealing selling feature for the future.
Project #6 – Replace kitchen cabinetry with more updated styles. The kitchen is a major gathering spot in the home. To make the kitchen more welcoming, invest in new cabinetry (and possibly countertops!) that will encourage people to gravitate to this important room.
Project #7 – Trim out the interior of a room with humidity-resistant urethane. Start at the top with crown moulding, then consider a unique wainscot wall treatment. Next, add a set of pilasters on either side of an interior door and a crosshead at the top. There are hundreds of easy-to-install urethane crossheads, pilasters, pediments and trim options in different styles available from Fypon that make an ideal do-it-yourself project.
Project #8 – Upgrade the master bathroom with a privacy window over the bathtub. Made of durable acrylic blocks, Hy-Lite’s fix and operable windows provide privacy in the bathroom while allowing light and ventilation into the room. A decorative bathroom window over the tub serves as a focal point in the room.
Project #9 – Cover up ugly steel posts in the basement or rotted wooden posts outside the home with durable, easy-to-install column wraps made out of urethane. The Fypon column wraps snap together and surround the existing posts in less than 15 minutes, creating a new visual appeal inside or outside the home.
Project #10 – Bump out to a bay or bow window. Along with adding extra living space, bay and bow windows add instant visual interior and exterior appeal to homes. People value the extended space that can highlight a holiday tree, a window seat or simply adding more light to the home.
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