Kitchen repairs…one step at a time.

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: Repair your home's value
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What’s the payback on remodeling these days?

In today’s economy, we all want kitchen remodeling projects that payoff when we need it, whether it’s in two years or five. The answer is that quick fixes and curb appeal updates rule the day. Here’s how to get the most bang for your buck:

  • Forego the big ticket remodeling for a modest fix up. You can save on kitchen cabinets, materials, planning and labor. In the bathroom, replace tile, sink and faucets instead of gutting the whole room. In the kitchen, reuse the appliances and paint kitchen cabinets to save money. Overall, you can save $5,000 to $25,000 or more and get a better return.
  • Reduce your overall costs with work you can do yourself, such as demolition, painting and decorating.
  • Focus on curb appeal; this creates a welcoming environment for home buyers and your own friends. During a kitchen remodeling project, think about trimming bushes, repairing steps and adding flower beds such as a few fragrant rose bushes.

The latest numbers from Realtor Magazine point to a few interesting projects:

  • Screen door replacement–not as exciting as a new kitchen, but the return is about 102 percent in the Midwest. This includes factory finished door with 2.5-inch interior castings. The key? Coordinate the design with the exterior of your home.
  • Garage door replacement–again, not very exciting, but it can provide an 83.9 percent payback. This means spending about $1,300 and recouping close to $1,100. Try a door with glass sections because it brings in more natural light.

Here’s a look at more regional data from Remodeling Magazine. Just plug in your area…and start remodeling!

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