Affordable Home Improvements: Time to be Floored

carpeted floor by Simon Davison on Flickr

Never underestimate the value of an updated floor. New neutral carpeting in a room gives a quick lift. If you’ve got a variety of carpeting colors in each room, installing the same neutral carpet throughout the house provides a visual cohesiveness that makes the house feel larger and less compartmentalized. Another way of opening up […]

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Affordable Home Improvements: Mini Kitchen Lift

KItchen Renovations by Schilling 2 on Flickr

If you’re planning on selling and realize your kitchen is outdated, it doesn’t make sense to invest in a 5 digit kitchen renovation expense. There are a few mini-kitchen updates you can do to improve the desirability of your house. Home buyers still consider the kitchen the heart of a home and some will reject […]

Affordable Home Improvements: The Un-Dating Panel

Wood Paneled Wall. Sitting by Fugoshi on Flickr

Ahhhh wood paneled walls. Originally expensive, the veneering process of the 60′s and 70′s made the installation of wood paneling easy and affordable. There’s hardly a house from that era that hasn’t seen wood paneling in the basement or den. If you are the owner of a home with sheets of wood paneling adorning the […]

Affordable Home Improvements: Bathroom ReTREAT

Bathroom retreat

Remember when the kids were little and you wished you could go to the bathroom by yourself?  Homeowners want a bathroom that feels like a retreat from the every day world.  A place to unwind and remind them of the all too distant spa visit. Bathrooms have moved beyond the functional and are a statement […]

Affordable Home Improvements: Treat a Window Right

Vogue Window Treatment

Window treatments tie in with the light issue mentioned in an earlier article. Using the correct window treatment for a room will emphasize the light in the room, draw attention to or detract from the shape and size of the windows themselves. Long drapes to the floor create a more formal ambiance whereas short curtains […]

Affordable Home Improvements: Let There Be Light!

sconce bathtub by creatorsdream on flickr

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, […]

Affordable Home Improvements: Art is in the Eye of the Beholder

interior room with art

The buyer for your home is the eye of the beholder. Your grandchildren, although cute, are not interesting to the potential purchaser of your home – unless you’re including them in the sale. No strike that, I’m pretty sure it’s illegal to sell grandchildren, although in some cases the parents may thank you. Replace the […]

Affordable Home Improvements: Give Bright Colors the Brush Off

Painting 101 by xamonster on Flickr

Bright colors scare most prospective buyers. “How many coats will it take to cover that?” “Will it bleed through?” Once their corneas have been seared by your must-have color of choice, they won’t see anything but that wall. They won’t notice the hardwood floors or the granite counter, your house will forever be known as, […]

Affordable Home Improvements: Kick it at the Curb

Walk the Line by Lazurite on Flickr

This home improvement is undeniable in every market.  The better your home looks when the buyers pull up, the more favorable their opinion will be when they walk through the door.  Leave your house and walk across the street.  Now look back at your house with fresh eyes.  What do you see? Consider the following: […]

Affordable Home Improvements for this Real Estate Market

curb appeal

In our current real estate market, it doesn’t seem to make sense to sink money into a house that has lost value in recent years.  Consider this, if your goal is to sell the home you need to make it appealing to buyers.  There are two distinct groups of buyers right now: Those looking for […]