If you are ready to start the year off with home improvement ideas in mind, you are not alone. This is an excellent time to consider adding on to your home before the spring, as well as completing indoor projects while the weather is cold.

You have many options for home improvement projects that add value to your property. A word of advice: Concentrate your efforts on smaller projects that make your home more appealing to budget-minded buyers.

By working on these projects now, you can enjoy the benefits and updates. It’s all about increasing your home’s value, functionality, and happiness quotient.

1. Kitchen Is King

The smartest place to put some money is in the kitchen. You can expect to recoup 60%-120% of your investment on a kitchen remodel, as long as you don’t go overboard. You should never make your kitchen fancier than the rest of the house, or the neighborhood.

If you have to invest some money into your kitchen, spend it on the layout — it never goes out of style. If you have a great layout, plugging new appliances, hardware and cabinets can be quick and easy.

2. Energy-efficient Insulation

Updating your home to save energy doesn’t have to cost a lot of money and can make your home more appealing to potential buyers. Laying insulation is a relatively easy DIY project and the materials are pretty inexpensive.

You can add extra insulation to your attic for $200 or less and you can save $2,500 or more each year…a great way to save you a lot of money down the road.

3. Brighten up your space with color and lighting.

Get the biggest bang for your buck by looking at color. Fresh paint can go a long way towards updating the look of your home. Plus, it is relatively cheap. Consider using low-VOC paint; this makes your home more eco-friendly, and helps your family avoid breathing in dangerous chemicals. Also, simple touches like dimmer switches make a dramatic change to any room.

4. Update Plumbing

An appraiser takes the plumbing into heavy consideration when assigning the value to a home. Nowadays, re-piping is usually done with PEX (basically plastic tubing) that is extremely reliable and can be run through your walls like an extension cord. This means less holes and a lot less mess. It also means less money spent on materials and labor.

5. Boost the Bathroom

You don’t have to make a huge remodeling project, just Install new fixtures, a new mirror, showerheads, re-grout the shower, add crown molding and brighten

up the room with some paint.

Ready to start the year investing in your home? You won’t regret this decision! Call me if you need help with home improvement contractor referrals.