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I'm helping a listing client with a renovation project on a budget. We decided to try countertop refinishing rather than replacing. The advantage of refinishing is about a 50% savings over replacement, plus there's no demolition mess nor lengthy waiting period for new countertop installation.

Going this route was also more affordable for our client than replacing since the countertops in this home are larger with unique angles. We were offered about 40 different colors of granite-like designs to choose from, and went with the gray and black multi-stone look which has turned out to be a very nice contrast to the white cabinetry.

This home will be on the market very soon so I'll have additional photos of the finished kitchen to share. You can learn about other home improvements that pay on our website.


Posted by Frank Ferrell on June 27th, 2018 11:50 AM

Shared Article. Originally published by Mady Dahlstrom, Porch.com on November 3, 2016. Web Reference: http://porch.com/advice/easy-home-upgrades/?utm_source=sfmc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=9_8_2017

Updating your home doesn’t have to cost a fortune. From a fresh coat of paint to new light fixtures and decor, there are many easy interior and exterior home upgrades you can successfully achieve on a budget. Whether you hire a professional to do the work for you or take on the task of updating your home on your own, you can give your space a mini makeover without breaking the bank.

Scroll on to see a few easy budget-friendly upgrades for every room in your home.

1. Add new color

A bold accent wall in your bathroom or a clean, white coat of paint on your kitchen walls will instantly give your home a new look. Don’t be afraid to mix in a pop of color or go for a darker shade of blue or purple, especially in the winter season.

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2. Install fresh fixtures

Updating your lighting is a thrifty way to breathe new life into a room. Switch out the ceiling fixture above your dining room table or install new hanging pendant lights in your kitchen. There are many affordable light fixtures you can purchase or you can upcycle an antique for a modern vibe.

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3. Replace old hardware

Updating knobs, pulls, rods and handles is a simple upgrade that will make any room feel less dated. Make sure your home’s hardware matches or coordinates throughout each room for a cohesive look. Some hardware you can buy for cheap and easily install on your own, while others may require the help of a professional.

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4. Caulk your bathroom

Discolored caulk can make your bathroom appear dirty. Give your whole bathroom a facelift by applying new caulk to the tub, shower walls or sink. This little project won’t break the bank and can have a big impact on the appearance of your bathroom.

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5. Revive your deck

You can refinish your deck in just a few simple steps. Wash off leaves and dirt with a hose or pressure washer, scrub the wood and boards with a cleaning solution, rinse, dry, and stain with a new finish. Depending on the size of your deck, you can complete this project for under $100 or hire a professional to do it for you.

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6. Add a new backsplash

A new kitchen or bathroom backsplash can add style and character to your home. Brighten up a space with a multicolored backsplash or choose a subway tile pattern for a classic charm. You can install the backsplash on your own, switch out your current backsplash with a mirror, purchase peel and stick tile or get it installed by a professional.

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7. Install a bathroom exhaust fan

Is moisture, humidity, and bad odors filling your bathroom? Update your bathroom vent fan to limit mold and noise, while ultimately improving the function and appearance of your space.

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8. Accessorize

One of the easiest ways to upgrade your home is by accessorizing with decorative touches. Candles, vases of fresh flowers, wall mirrors, picture frames, a welcome mat and throw pillows are just a few ideas that will spruce up your space for very little cash.

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Republished Article
Original Source: By Mady Dahlstrom, 
Porch.com published on November 3, 2016
Web Reference: http://porch.com/advice/easy-home-upgrades/?utm_source=sfmc&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=9_8_2017


Posted by Frank Ferrell on September 14th, 2017 10:32 AM

Renovating your kitchen can mean serious profit when selling your home. Even small, basic improvements to your kitchen can pay big dividends. For most buyers, the kitchen is the heart of the home. And that means it has the greatest profit potential. Here are a few suggestions for improving your kitchen without investing tens of thousands in remodeling costs.
In the short term, consider changing floors, cabinets, and fixtures. Consider sanding, staining, or painting dingy looking cabinets. Replacing old cabinet hardware (a low-cost improvement) can make a huge difference in appearance.

Look at your counter tops and other surface areas that draw the eye. Also, look at the kitchen sink and fixtures. If they’re old and worn, replacing them with contemporary fixtures and a new sink can make a world of difference…not just in aesthetics, but in hard dollars.

In some cases, spending $4,000 on a cosmetically outdated kitchen can add as much as $15,000 in extra value of the home. One of our Investor Clients recently purchased a single family home in East Orlando, making major improvements to the kitchen which included new cabinets, countertops, appliances, flooring and raising the ceiling. The photos below show the vast difference in the "before and after" appearance. Click here to view more photos of this outstanding kitchen makeover. 

There are a number of factors that go into determining how well your project will pay back. Payback value depends a lot on the current market conditions in your area. 
If the market is hot and homes are selling fast, you can expect a higher payback value than you would get in a slow market.

Another factor to consider is the cost of the improvements. If you can do the work yourself, you can save significantly on the cost of the project and greatly improve the chances of getting a good return on the investment.

Posted by Frank Ferrell on July 16th, 2015 5:13 PM

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