Renovations and remodeling can play a critical role in both increasing the value of a home and ensuring that it stands out to potential buyers. Before breaking out the tool belt, check out free online tools that can help chart your home remodeling efforts. I'm also happy to speak with you about specific home improvements that typically appeal most to buyers in this area.

For a quick reference guide, below are eight affordable home improvements that can potentially increase the overall value of a home, without breaking the budget:
  • Reface Kitchen Cabinets. While kitchen updates are among the smartest remodeling projects when it comes to "upping" the resale value of a home, you don't need to engage in a full-scale remodel to improve the room's appeal. Refacing existing cabinets, applying a fresh coat of paint or replacing tarnished pulls and knobs with new hardware might be just the quick fix a kitchen needs to make it look and feel like new.

  • Break Out the Paint Brushes. Applying a couple coats of paint can make a remarkable difference and is a low-cost and often, high-return project. Warm, neutral wall colors can make a room seem more spacious, create a more modern feel and appeal to a wider variety of buyers.

  • Install Laminate Flooring. If the cost of hardwood or tile floors is out of the question, you can affordably and easily install laminate flooring in the kitchens, hallways and bathrooms - provided that floors are level with those in adjacent rooms.

  • Refinish Your Appliances. Purchasing brand new matching appliances can cost thousands of dollars. However, for a few hundred dollars, an appliance refinisher can re-enamel the surfaces of appliances covering up any outdated colors that may be ruining the look of your kitchen.

  • Spruce Up Your Home's Exterior. When planning to put money into a house, don't overlook simple exterior renovations that can add substantial worth and attract more buyers. A freshly-mowed lawn, a clean walkway and a few well-placed bushes can make a huge difference. If you don't have a green thumb, consider hiring a landscaper on a one-time basis to plant some shrubs or give the front yard a good cleanup.

For more quick tips such as using mirrors to create space and charm, flipping fan blades for a fresh new look or even altering your lighting arrangements, don't hesitate to give me a call.