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Top 10 Small Renovations That Might Boost the Value of Your Home This Spring

April 24, 2018

There’s something about the warm, gentle lure of spring that pushes our wandering minds to make big changes. Perhaps the favorable weather inspires us to feel that anything is possible, maybe even knocking a few things off a renovation checklist.

After winter weather has pushed your home to its limits and, after barely escaping the claws of frigid destruction, you’re gifted with a whole new perspective on your aging abode. Here are some great projects that can boost the value of your home this spring and maybe even satisfy that insatiable desire to put a hammer through something.

1. Spruce up Your Landscaping

Garden by www.metaphoricalplatypus.com, on Flickr
Garden” (CC BY 2.0) by www.metaphoricalplatypus.com

Winter has a habit of exposing your yard’s weaknesses, especially when your lot gives way to early spring showers. Take time to address any low, swampy spots with a new drainage solution, or make your outdoor space more usable by adding paths. No matter what you do, adding greenery and pops of color around your yard will be rewarding for the rest of the year.

2. Add a Backsplash

New backsplash by naz66, on Flickr
New backsplash” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by naz66

A new backsplash is probably the easiest and least-expensive addition you can make to your kitchen that could actually add value. You can typically pick up stylish materials for around $10 per square foot, and simple, mesh-backed tile makes the job easier than ever—no saw required.

3. Update Kitchen Cabinets

white-stained-kitchen-cabinets-tile-back by sebringservices, on Flickr
white-stained-kitchen-cabinets-tile-back” (CC BY 2.0) by sebringservices

You don’t have to install completely new cabinets to make your kitchen look more modern. If your cabinets are structurally sound, they may just need a fresh coat of paint and some new hardware. Find a color that contrasts the rest of your kitchen well, then just block off a few evenings for painting.

4. Add a Patio or Deck

Day 75 - Relaxing on the deck by Ravi_Shah, on Flickr
Day 75 – Relaxing on the deck” (CC BY 2.0) by Ravi_Shah

Building your own patio or deck means you get to add features suited for you and your family, like built-in benches or a customized grilling area. This will take more than a weekend, but little is more rewarding than finishing a project like this in time for summer.

5. Say Hello to a New Entry Door

sigurd lewerentz, architect: eneborg’s e by seier+seier, on Flickr
sigurd lewerentz, architect: eneborg’s e” (CC BY 2.0) by seier+seier

Your front door is the most-seen piece of your home. Installing a new front door is a simple project, and a great opportunity for you and your family to find a style and color that reflects your personality. While you’re at it, pick out some new planters and spruce up your entire entryway.

6. Update Electrical Faces

plugging a cord into electrical outlet by yourbestdigs, on Flickr
plugging a cord into electrical outlet” (CC BY 2.0) by yourbestdigs

Installing new outlet faces couldn’t be easier. It may be the least expensive and effective way to update your entire house. Your local hardware store likely carries outlets that feature USB chargers and smart home connectivity as well.

7. Make Over a Bathroom

Ostrich Bathroom: Chapter Five (Reveal!) by emily @ go haus go, on Flickr
Ostrich Bathroom: Chapter Five (Reveal!)” (CC BY 2.0) by emily @ go haus go

Installing a new sink, vanity, and mirror can make an old, dated bathroom really pop. Combine that with a new shower rod and curtain, as well as a fresh coat of paint, and you’ve got a brand-new bathroom.

8. Convert an Attic or Basement

Attic by cocoate.com, on Flickr
Attic” (CC BY 2.0) by cocoate.com

Adding a new room to your home is an exciting project the whole family can be involved in, and it’s even better if you already have unused space available. This is a great way to put your handy skills to the test and learn more about renovation, all while adding square footage to your house.

9. Add Shutters to Your Windows

Shutters 4 by uhohmylo, on Flickr
Shutters 4” (CC BY 2.0) by uhohmylo

Boost your curb appeal by installing shutters to your front windows. It’s a simple task that gives your home a neighborly feel and makes an immediate impact when prospective buyers first see the property.

10. New Hardware

2017/365/356 It’s In, It’s Out by cogdogblog, on Flickr
2017/365/356 It’s In, It’s Out” (Public Domain) by cogdogblog

Are your doorknobs tricky? Do your faucets drip? Pick out some new hardware for your house, from the front door to the bathroom sink. Updating old hardware makes your home easier to use while increasing visual appeal.

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