Spend Less and Boost Your Home Value

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
In: Repair your home's value
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Everyone wants to boost their home value, but sometimes it means spending big money on remodeling. Let’s look at ways to boost your home value on a budget. The way to approach this is to pick the right projects and stay focused. And, don’t ask the contractor to do one thing that’s not on your list!

Cabinet Refacing and More

Because the kitchen is the hub of the home, try a few remodeling projects that don’t involve tearing the room apart. Cabinet refacing is one home improvement project that can drastically change the look of the room. And, you don’t have to remove your cabinets and start over. The potential savings are huge–$8,000 to $15,000 on the cabinets and labor.

Granite Countertop Anyone?

To finish off the cabinet area, try a new granite countertop. Ask your contractor about the different grades of granite. Instead of spending $6,000 to $8,000 on top of the line material, go for a mid-range grade and save 20 to 30 percent. Here’s a handy chart by American Granite and Stone with an overview of granite countertop pricing.

Remodeling Your Landscaping

Many people think of remodeling the interior of the home, but it’s the exterior that people see first. To boost your curb appeal, focus on adding planting beds, bushes, and trees in the front yard.

If you buy trees and shrubs in small sizes you can save big. Trees that are four to six feet tall can range from $200 to $500 each, compared with $25 to $50 each for 12 to 18 inch trees. Check out Fast Growing Trees for more information. Be forewarned, however, that the trees take a year or two to really hit their growth stride.

Saving money and boosting your home value. Two of our favorite pastimes. When planned properly, you can do both.

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