Our home is our sanctuary and while we may take great care to maintain it, sometimes we’ll tackle a home improvement project or two to spruce it up. After all, who doesn’t love a good home renovation project – especially when you could see a decent return on investment should you decide to sell in the future?
Regardless of the reason, the important thing is to plan your course of action – meaning you’ll have to figure out what projects you want to do. As you read through this guide, you’ll find the most popular renovation projects that’ll improve the overall look and feel of your home. You’ll see that when you use the home value estimator and factor in your new upgrades, your home will increase in value.
So, let’s take a look at the top fall renovations homeowners and buyers are craving.
1. Kitchen renovations
The kitchen is the heart of the home, as it’s one of the rooms that’s always in use. An upgraded kitchen not only improves the home’s function, but it makes entertaining a little more enjoyable. The main features that homeowners and buyers are vying for include granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, a central island, and custom cabinets. If you’re ripping out your old kitchen first, however, you may need to hire a skip, so check out this Roll Off Dumpster Rental if you’re planning on completely starting your kitchen again.
2. Replacing vinyl siding
If your house is older and has vinyl siding, it’s probably faded, cracked, or the color is dated. However when you replace your vinyl siding, your home will look completely different and you could even save on your energy bill by installing insulated vinyl siding!
3. Energy efficient windows and doors
Along with energy efficient siding, you can cut down your energy bill even further by replacing all of your windows and doors with energy efficient products. Windows that are ideal for energy efficiency should feature the ENERGY STAR and NFRC label. Depending on the climate, you may want to consider gas-filled windows with a low U-factor (the rate windows conduct the flow of non-solar heat). Another option could be to install Indoor Plantation Shutters that may cover your window opening and act as a barrier to keep the outside and inside temperatures separate, preventing the interior from being overheated during summer and frozen during winter.
Energy.gov is a great resource to learn all about energy efficient windows and doors that you’ll want to check out for more information.
4. Replacing garage doors
If your home has a garage, replacing the garage door can change the way your house looks, but it can also save on energy (insulated garage doors). There are a variety of garage doors to choose from and we recommend choosing a style that compliments your home’s aesthetics so that everything looks cohesive.
5. Professional landscaping
Curb appeal plays a big factor into whether or not people will want to buy your house. The interior could be newly renovated to follow the latest trends, but if the trees around the home are overgrown, the grass is brown, and the flower beds have seen better days… Well, your home may not get the attention it deserves.
Professional landscaping can be as simple as a well-manicured (green!) lawn and trees, flowers, and shrubs are neatly trimmed. You could go even further and ask your landscaper to create raised flower beds, refinish the walkways, and so much more. If there’s something you’d like done, ask the landscaper what they can and can’t do. Depending on the project, you may have to hire a professional hardscaper.
Home renovations can be expensive and time consuming, there’s no denying that. Yet, as each project is completed, you’ll get a sense of pride that’ll make you want to keep going! Of course, you’ll need to take your time because you don’t want to stretch yourself too thin – energy wise and financially!