Summer Remodeling Tasks that Increase Home Value: A Guest post by HomeLight
When summer arrives, the first activity on your mind is probably taking a vacation or lounging in the sun. But if you are looking to sell your home in 2019 while the market is hot, or just want to get your house in tip-top shape, there is another place where you might want to focus your energy this summer — on home improvement. Since you don’t want to work on your home all season long, we’ve outlined some projects that will give you the most bang for your buck. These remodeling options will help your home look its best while adding value when you are ready to put up that “for sale” sign.
Landscaping is one of the first features that potential buyers see and it could add 5 to 15% to your home’s overall value, according to Better Homes and Gardens. Landscaping doesn’t have to be a professional masterpiece. You can work with what you already have, by trimming anything that’s overgrown, pulling weeds, and mowing the lawn. You’ll be surprised how you can revitalize your yard by adding a few hearty flowers like sunflowers, zinnias, marigolds, daffodils, or geraniums.
If you want to take your landscaping up a notch, you can upgrade your lawn. A 2016 remodeling Impact Survey by the National Association of Realtors found that the biggest returns on outdoor upgrades are seed lawn at 417%, standard lawn care at 303%, and upgrading with sod lawn at 143%.
Paint the outside of your home (or at least the front door)
Fresh exterior paint will be noticed by potential buyers. Painting the entire outside of your home is a job for a professional that could cost from $1,000 to $6,000, depending on the size. You’ll want to choose a color that will sell your home, with a focus on neutrals.
If you don’t want to go all out, painting the front door can increase your home’s appeal without breaking the bank. You can even do it yourself, with this tutorial from Lowe’s. There is a science behind mixing and matching colors that can guide you. You’ll also want to choose something in harmony with your exterior, landscaping, and neighborhood feel.
Paint or refinish kitchen cabinets
An upgraded kitchen is a top home selling feature. But the key with a kitchen remodel is to keep costs down for the best ROI. When you’re working with a smaller budget you can reface or paint your cabinets. Angie’s List reports refacing laminate cabinets can cost between $1,000 and $3,000, and refacing wood cabinets from $7,000 to $9,000. However, HomeAdvisor reports that painting costs between $382 and $1,064 — though the price may rise if you need to remove an existing stain. Be sure to read these DIY cabinet painting tips from This Old House if you are going to tackle this task on your own.
Whatever you choose for your summer remodeling project, once you are done you can reward your hard work with some time relaxing.