Updating your home doesn’t need to cost a fortune or leave you dealing with work crews for months. Whether you’re thinking of listing your Irvine house for sale or you just want to enjoy your space more, there are plenty of small improvements you can make. Here are a few home improvement ideas to add to your to-do list this spring.
Minor Kitchen Remodel
Minor and mid-range kitchen remodels tend to have the highest return on investment–and the lowest cost. If your cabinets are in good condition but outdated, consider having them painted or refaced. You can also replace old appliances, add a backsplash, or update cabinet hardware and light fixtures. A minor kitchen remodel has an average ROI of 82 percent.
Minor Bathroom Remodel
You don’t need to strip your bathroom and start from scratch. Breathe new life into your bathroom with new fixtures, re-grouting the shower, adding crown molding, or updating the paint. Minor bathroom remodels can have a 75 to 80 percent return on investment.
Replace the Front Door
Replacing or painting your front door serves a very important purpose when you’re ready to sell: it boosts your curb appeal and makes your home appear inviting and well cared for. Upgrading to a steel door also has one of the highest returns on investment–more than 75 percent. As an added bonus, you aren’t just improving the appearance of your home, you’re also boosting its energy efficiency.
Add Exterior Lighting
Even if you live in a townhome in Irvine, adding outdoor lighting can expand your living space by allowing you to enjoy your backyard after the sunsets. Exterior lighting can also improve safety by lighting pathways and boost your home’s curb appeal. Exterior lighting is also the most-wanted outdoor feature among homebuyers.
Create an Outdoor Living Space
You can get back up to $2 for every dollar you invest in landscaping, including creating an outdoor living space. Your backyard can boost your home’s living space without the time and expense of walls and a roof, and you can spend as little or as much as you want to create a space that fits your lifestyle. An outdoor space can be as simple as a concrete slab with lighting and outdoor furniture or as complex as an outdoor kitchen, fire pit, outdoor fireplace, or built-in seating.
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