To increase the value and appeal of your home with cost effectiveness in mind, you might want to consider these remodeling ideas:
Attack the cabinets.
“The money’s in the kitchen” as many will tell you. The best bang for your buck when done right will be realized in your kitchen. Many start with their existing kitchen cabinets but instead of replacing the cabinets, you can spend about $250 per door to refinish (sand and stain) the cabinet doors, or refacing the cabinets (covering with desired wood or veneer covering) that costs around $250 to $500. Both options will save you thousands of dollars in comparison to purchasing new cabinets.
Add a fresh coat of paint.
Take a good look at your walls. The little things you’ve grown accustomed to or learned to ignore need to be addressed now and can usually be done with a fresh coat of paint. Do it yourself and you can save hundreds if not thousands of dollars and you will and create a fresh, neutral environment for homebuyers that will be walking through your house.
Let the light in with windows.
Let in the light and take advantage of views with do it yourself window replacement. With window costs anywhere between $150 and $600 per window, upgrade existing windows to energy efficient dual pane windows and consider window placement in dark uninviting rooms. Natural light is a top priority for many homebuyers today.
Update the flooring with tile.
Due to many factors (allergies, cleanliness, maintenance) carpet has fallen out of favor with many buyers today. While wood flooring is hot right now, tile is also appreciated by the masses and can be much cheaper to install. There are countless colors, shapes, sizes and textures of tiles to choose from and in many cases a handy do it yourselfer can tile a room themselves in a weekend.