Southeast Florida homeowners looking for springtime renovation ideas to increase home values, look no further. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the Jupiter beaches are calling, and it is time to emerge from winter hibernation. Spring is the perfect time to tackle home renovation projects. Whether you want to enhance your home’s curb appeal or take on a larger update, here are ideas to put on your list now that warmer weather is approaching.
If you have been looking at the same color walls for years or noticed scuffs and chips, a fresh coat of paint can bring new life to your home. Neutral greys and whites are popular and if you are looking to sell, appeal to most buyers. Painting is a low-cost project with high impact--especially if you do it yourself. If you hire a professional, get quotes and recommendations.
2. Replace your windows.
Spring is a wonderful time to upgrade your home’s windows. If your windows are drafty, show moisture, or are difficult to open and close, it may be time to upgrade. New windows improve your home’s look while lowering your energy costs. In cooler parts of the country, spring is warm enough to do the work, plus it gives you a chance to open and air out your home.
Spring is a wonderful time for planting and gardening. Flowers and neatly trimmed shrubs go a long way to improving curb appeal. For some, planting a garden is therapeutic. New to gardening? Consider starting with pots of flowers or herbs and vegetables. If you are ambitious, move into creating garden beds in your yard. Consider planting perennial plants and flowers, so they bloom for years to come.
4. Build or replace your deck.
If you love to entertain outdoors, a new deck is a worthwhile investment. A well-built deck can last a long time and if made from the right materials, can add value. Composite decks can run over $22,000, and while wood decks are less at around $17,000, they require more upkeep. Once built, accessories like outdoor furniture and a firepit make your deck or patio inviting and cozy. As with any home renovation, weigh the cost against your lifestyle to ensure it is worth the investment.
5. Pull up the carpet.
If you have carpeting in your home, upgrading to hardwood, laminate or tile could be a worthwhile option for a spring project. Pulling up carpet can also get rid of dirt accumulation and allergens. Hardwood is more desirable to potential buyers if you are looking to sell. While carpet can last years, hardwood can last decades, is durable, and easy to maintain. Hardwood is more expensive than other flooring materials, but most REALTORS® agree that it is worth the investment. This is a project you could do yourself if you are handy, but it may be best to call in professionals if you have never worked with flooring materials before.
With property values increasing significantly over the last few years, it is likely you have equity that you could tap into to make renovations. A cash-out refinance could be your solution to dream bigger by giving you the cash to pay for home improvement projects.