Glen Miller the Home Doctor is a professional in home improvement and handicap construction. He provides home renovations, handyman services and specialized handicapped remodeling throughout Livingston County, Washtenaw County and Oakland County. Glen is an expert in all fields of home upgrades for age in place renovations and various home upgrades including kitchen and bathroom transformations.
There are so many things that can be done to increase the appeal of a home without breaking the bank. Below are seven of the best home improvements that local handymencan be hired out for less than five hundred dollars.
The first improvement that is always suggested by contractors has to do with increasing the curb appeal of your home. For less than five hundred dollars homeowners can hire a handyman for the day to do just that. Increasing curb appeal is going to involve different tasks for every home however the following improvements should be considered when seeking to increase your homes curb appeal:
Exterior Pressure Washing
Wash Exterior Windows and Screens
Repair Broken Concrete Sidewalks and Steps
Update The Mailbox
Edge The Lawn
Freshen Up Mulch
Another inexpensive home improvement that makes a big difference comes with the entryway of your home. For less than five hundred dollars you can replace the front door, add some color to the entry, update light fixtures and add an entry door rug. Contractors all say that the little enhancements to the home’s exterior appearance do a lot to add to the attraction of your property. A well kept exterior translates into a home that is taken care of.
If you have five hundred dollars for home renovations another huge renovation that can be done that does a lot to increase the homes overall presences is repairing and painting the interior walls. Handymen are often called in to freshen up interior paint. A fresh coat on the walls and trim can really transform a room. Don’t forget the ceiling!
Just like a new necklace can transform an old outfit lighting can change up a room. A little pizzazz can be added throughout your home my switching up the style of lighting fixtures that are installed. For less than five hundred dollars you should be able to budget for lighting upgrades and fresh light bulbs to almost every room in your home. Larger fixtures such as ones you would find in a kitchen or foyer will take up the majority of the budget. For these pieces consider looking for ideas outside the normal. Online sites offer a great deal of large scaled budget lighting options that can be fairly inexpensive to reproduce.
No matter what home renovation that you choose there is a lot that can be done by hiring a professional handyman for the day. For less than five hundred dollars it is possible to hire a local handyman once a year to add a different perspective to a space that needs some wow factor added.
Every update done to your home has a return on investment at resale that should be considered before tackling it. Below you will find the average ROI you can expect when contracting popular home renovations.
Minor Bathroom Updates Average ROI 102% – Renovations to a bathroom that do not include redoing electrical or plumbing range around eleven thousand dollars. This includes replacing the tub, tile surround, flooring, toilet, sink, vanity and fixtures. If the tub is going to be too difficult to replace consider updating the tub by re-glazing the surface. Fresh glaze allows a tub to appear brand new. A fresh coat of paint and updated shower curtain or doors really add to the any bathroom renovation.
Updated, Simplified Landscaping Average ROI 100% – Hiring a landscape designer really pays off when it comes to landscaping. For the most part it is safe plan three quarters of your budget for materials and one quarter on the design and installation. Check around your neighborhood to determine what is appealing to the exterior of homes that are similar to yours. A bit of color can really enhance the landscape. For a grand impact choose one color and vary the heights of the landscape plants. Don’t allow the landscape to become overgrown. Keep it charming and simple. Walkways and water features are other attractive features that add interest and visual appeal.
Minor Kitchen Renovations Average ROI 98.5% -Most kitchens can be completely renovated without changing the floor plan of the space. To maximize your renovation dollars re-face cabinets and drawers, change out the sink and fixtures, cabinet hardware, flooring and countertops. Additional lighting will add substantially to the kitchen. The overall value of your home before the minor renovation will also determine the materials you should use. For homes over three hundred thousand dollars can be updated with higher valued materials like granite, glass and stone. Consider your flooring choice as well depending once again on the value of the home.
Exterior Improvements Average ROI 95.5% – The curb appeal of your home really sells itself. Updates to the siding can really change the appearance of your home while helping to lower maintenance. Wood siding requires real maintenance whereas vinyl siding only really requires a spring power washing every other year. Another renovation that contractors suggest when updating your home’s exterior is the addition of a new entry door. Fresh paint to exterior columns can really freshen up the space as well. Add some seating and lighting to really add to the return on investment of your exterior renovation.