Small Home Improvements Can Pay Off Big

A harsh winter and improving home sales have some homeowners eager to give their properties facelifts. But major remodels, like kitchen or bath overhauls, may not add significantly to the value of a home.

Remodeling magazine’s most recent Cost vs. Value report says that simpler, less expensive projects have the best return on value. Here are a few suggestions appraisers can give to residential clients for projects that won’t cost a lot of time or money:

Inspect the RoofHome_NetWorth

Heavy snows can take their toll on roofs, a home’s first line of defense against the elements. Homeowners need to contact their insurance providers, and exercise caution when inspecting a roof and selecting a reputable contractor to make repairs.

Paint a Room

A fresh coat of paint is one of the least expensive and fastest facelifts that can be made to a room. But it’s easy to be overwhelmed when faced by the dizzying array of coatings and samples available at the local home improvement store. When homeowners ask questions about personal preferences and lifestyle, the decision can be much simpler.

Restore the Deck

Like roofs, wooden decks also take a beating in winter. This can leave them looking tired and, in extreme cases, dangerous if there are weakened boards or railings. Power washing and minor repairs give wooden decks a new lease on life and improve the home’s appearance.

Maintain the Lawn

An attractive lawn adds curb appeal and can significantly increase the value of a home. Time, money and effort can be saved by having a thorough understanding of basic lawn care maintenance.

Appraisers, share the Appraisal Institute’s free, informative brochure titled “Remodeling & Rehabbing” with residential clients. Share your comments below about what home improvement advice you give to property owners.