Consumer Advice

Small Remodeling Tips that Pay Big Returns

tipsDo you ever watch those “remodeling “ shows on TV?  It seems like they totally gut a room, and spend thousands of dollars and a lot of time turning it into something fabulous.

However, in an article I just read, there are also some low-cost ways to get the biggest bang for your remodeling buck.

  • A new front door – There are some really great styles available.  Different materials like wood, steel, frosted glass or combinations of all three. Remodeling Magazine says that you can expect a 96% return on your investment.
  • New kitchen appliances – No need to go high-end, but stainless steel and matching appliances will give you an 82% return on your investment.
  • New cabinet knobs/drawer pulls – Low cost, high impact
  • New faucets – Low cost, high impact
  • New kitchen sink – Low cost, high impact
  • Kitchen tile backsplash – Don’t go overboard with fancy tile or colors.  Choose more neutral colors and materials.
  • Re-glaze bathtubs and sinks – It can make a porcelain tub or sink look like new for a fraction of the cost of replacing them.
  • New bathroom light fixtures – Low cost, high impact
  • New bathroom faucets – Low cost, high impact
  • New lighting fixtures in hallway/dining room – You can expect to get an 87% return on investment.

Most of these low-cost remodeling tips costs less than $1,000 and some of them under $100.

You also might want to keep this list if you are thinking of selling your home in the future.  It just may help you get more money and sell your home more quickly.

Are there any other low-cost remodeling tips I should add to this list?

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