Home Improvements: 5 Upgrades to Consider

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upgrading your kitchenYour options are nearly endless when it comes to home improvements - 5 Upgrades to Consider.

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While many homeowners have their minds set upon a major overhaul (i.e. a five-star kitchen, complete with stainless steel appliances and gadgets), there are other home upgrades that can be completed in a more timely and efficient manner (without breaking the piggy-bank) that typically offer the highest return on your investment (ROI).

If you’re anxious to upgrade your home this Spring, consider the following possibilities:

1. Let’s Begin in the Entryway. An inviting entryway is just as important for creating a good first impression for your personal friends and guests as it is for prospective buyers. You want to WOW your guests and friends with an updated entry way into your home. From fresh paint on the entryway to replacing your existing door with a new one will welcome visitors in style, updating the front entryway of your home is a guaranteed way of creating a welcoming environment for both friends and perspective buyers.

2. Fresh Paint. If all the rooms in your home blend together due to their being painted the same color, a fresh coat of paint to accent a wall is a great way to give a room a new (as well as your home) a much needed face-lift. Whether it’s in the kitchen, living room, dining room (or any other room within your home), an accented wall is a simple way to incorporate a color you love into your living space without going overboard. However, if you’re content with the walls just the way they are, another popular alternative is to paint just the ceiling or some type of border around the ceiling.

3. Update Your Hardware. When a complete kitchen or bathroom replacement is not within your budget, don’t completely write these rooms off your list. You can simply replace the hardware (drawer pulls, knobs) and faucets, and create an entirely different look and feel.
If you’re really feeling adventuresome, and in the mood for a more drastic effect, you might even consider painting the cabinets. Or, you might even want to consider dressing up the kitchen with a decorative backslash that completely enhances your entire kitchen.

4. Installation of Hardwood Floors. Hardwood floors have become a popular choice among homeowners considering updating; and with a little elbow grease and know-how, most do-it-yourselvers can complete the task with their own two hands. Tongue-and-groove flooring that fits together like a puzzle is a pretty safe bet for any couple looking to tackle the project with their two hands, especially those with significant budget restrictions.

5 . Addition of a Porch/Patio. Whether semi-enclosed, attached to your home’s front entrance, or built at ground level, the addition of a porch/patio extends a home’s living space and immediately adds value to your property. From adding value to your home to increasing its curb appeal, should you have the space and it’s within your budget, this is one project you will want to move to the top of your ‘to-do’ list.

Regardless of what type of home improvement or upgrade you choose to tackle, it’s important to bear in mind that it’s okay to call in reinforcements, especially when it comes to projects you might not be able to tackle or complete on your own.

According to Lance Malcolm, chief operating officer of Contractor Connection: “When considering completing any home improvement project, you should consider the value of hiring a general contractor. An experienced contractor can be the difference between keeping the project moving forward smoothly or being delayed.”

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