Whether you are working on your home with the intention of selling or investing in your home for a long-term return, some projects require large sums of money that are either unaffordable or require bank loans. Now with the rates skyrocketing and going up every few months, home equity loans are becoming less desirable. Your best option is either to wait until rates come back down or make do with smaller budgets. Since none of us have a crystal ball, we don’t know rates will improve. Only time will tell. What we can do is make the most of the money we have, attempting to get the most bang for the buck.
One of the less expensive home renovation projects is tiling a floor. Like applying fresh paint, the change is transformative. You can redo the floor and address your kitchen cabinets and countertops at another time; just changing the floor alone can alter the atmosphere of the room. Whether you are doing the job yourself or hiring a professional, most tile floors can be done for a few thousand dollars. Start with perusing different tile designs and getting an estimate from an installer. From there, you can decide whether installation is in your budget or whether you will do the job yourself. The estimate will provide the square footage of tile required to complete the job, so you have that information either way when you are ready to move forward.
Outdoors, you can make the biggest impression by beautifying your front door area. Perhaps the paint is peeling, and it just requires a fresh coat. Think about decorative items that can make the area welcoming like a bench, topiaries, statues, and other outdoor décor. Trimming bushes and adding flowers around the doorway are recommended for home sellers. How your home looks from the curb is important as many potential buyers will perform a drive by to decide whether they want to see the inside of the home.
When selling, it’s important to address problems that will detract from the pluses of your home. Fixing damage is essential as it could cost you the sale. If ceiling paint peeling, the buyer could assume your roof is leaking, even if it is not. Cracks in the ceiling and wall send the same message so if you have them, fixing them is the best place to start. If there is an underlying problem, if should be addressed long before you consider paint color. Most of that you can do yourself and with DIY projects that increase home value you can invest very little and gain a lot.
Bathroom and kitchen renovations bring the highest return for your money, but both can be costly. If you can break the renovations down into steps you can afford, you can still achieve your goal without relying on loans. You can often discover great cabinets and accessories for your project at very low prices at Homes for Habitat locations across the nation. And tag sales can offer a way to purchase higher quality décor at price you can afford. One step at a time, you can make significant changes if you break the projects down into stages.