Mary (Vigliatura) Stolarczyk
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Posted by Mary (Vigliatura) Stolarczyk on 4/16/2018




Are you thinking of selling your home? Some projects have more impact than others on resale value. Here, weíll take a look at the best way to spend a few hundred dollars and a long weekend, and also the projects you should leave to the professionals.


Do it Yourself


Beautiful backsplash. Thanks to pre-cut tile sheets (and YouTube), you can transform the look of your kitchen by adding a colorful mosaic backsplash behind your counter. This is a simple project that anyone can do and, depending on size and tile selection, will cost around $200 and take the better part of an afternoon. The most important thing here is to measure and make sure you have enough product to complete everything in one session.


Landscaping. Not only does working in the lawn give you the opportunity to get some much-needed fresh air and exercise, your curb appeal adds significant value to your property. The vast majority of landscaping chores are simple and inexpensive DIY projects.


Kitchen cabinets. Hereís a do-it-yourself project that can really pack a punch. Outdated kitchen cabinets will look years younger with a simple coat of paint and a few pieces of modern hardware. A gallon of high-quality cabinet enamel will run you about $50. It takes two to three days to do it right but will dramatically increase the visual appeal of your interior.


Power washing. Pressure washing moss- and dirt-covered hard surfaces will instantly brighten the exterior of your home. It takes about an hour and a half to properly power wash a 50-foot walkway and another hour to seal it, if necessary. The average cost to rent a medium-duty pressure washer for a day is $71 versus $350 or more to pay someone else to do the dirty work for you.


Storage solutions. Storage space is something every homeowner wants and every home buyer seeks. Increase yours by getting creative in utilizing the design of your home to increase storage capability. A simple $32 project recommended by This Old House is to simply add a small shelf above the doorway. Do this in a few key areas to add visual interest as well as storage.


Leave it to the pros


Gutter cleaning. This task often gets overlooked but cleaning out your gutters is so important for the maintenance of your home. A cluttered gutter can encourage mold to grow, do damage to your roof and cause foundation issues, among other things. However, this is a job best left for professionals who understand ladder safety and can alert you of any potential problems with your gutter system. According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost for gutter and downspout cleaning in the city of Worcester is between $123 - $226.


Changing a light fixture. Did you know that the majority of home fires are due to faulty electrical wiring? A significant portion of these can be attributed to DIY wiring projects and failure to comply with codes. A licensed electrician may charge around $50 per hour to install a new light fixture or change antiquated plugs and sockets, but itís worth it compared to the cost of losing your home and irreplaceable family heirlooms.


Installing a new toilet. Your plumbing system is more important than you may give it credit for. Not only does it wash away waste, properly installed pipes will keep moisture from building up behind your walls. Improperly installed plumbing, however, can lead to mold, mildew, and wood rot. Most big-box retailers offer toilet installation services for around $100, which is a small price to pay for the peace of mind knowing itís done correctly.


Your home is an asset that you must invest in regularly in order to see the most gains. These and other simple home improvement projects can help. So get out your tools and get to work. Youíll be glad you did, especially when itís time to sell.




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Posted by Mary (Vigliatura) Stolarczyk on 3/6/2018


Adding Value: Home Improvement Tips for Homeowners

There are many ways to increase the value of your home with do-it-yourself projects that donít cost a lot of money or require a major time investment. Some donít call for anything more than a little paint or an afternoon†working in the yard. An upgrade youíve never tried before is a little different. If youíre considering something a bit more ambitious than low-impact landscaping†or freshening the smell of your homeís interior, youíll need to plan ahead and get some advice before diving into it, or get an idea of what itíll look like when youíre done.

Consult a pro

Itís important to reach a comfort level when considering aDIY improvement project. Understanding the complexity involved can help youdecide whether itís worth a try. Ask your realtor to drop by for a look and tooffer an opinion. Most are willing to do this for free, and youíll probablylearn something you didnít know. You can also hire a designer for a quick consult; $100 an hour is a standardconsultation fee for most designers. Itís well worth the investment becauseyouíll get a lot of good ideas and advice. More importantly, youíll get ananswer to the big question: should I try it myself or not? There are someprojects that absolutely will require a professional. For example, if youíreconsidering getting your roof repaired, do not attempt to do this project on your own.

Thereís always paint

Applyinga fresh coat of paint or changing colors in your entryway or bedroom is alwaysa good option. Most realtors recommend painting when homeowners are looking toupgrade their home value. Itís relatively inexpensive, anyone can do it, anditís a good option if youíve decided to forego a job thatís beyond yourability. Your house will look updated and well cared for, which is sure to geta buyerís attention. Remember that neutral colors (whites and off-whites) are your best bet if youíre tryingto upgrade. Most realtors advise against overwhelming buyers with bright,splashy colors that can make it hard for buyers to envision how they might makethe space their own.

Make it look bigger

A home that gives off the impression of space and flow ismore likely to get a positive reaction than one full of furniture anddecorations, even if theyíre well-coordinated. Buyers like spacious rooms thatpresent multiple design opportunities. Clear out all the clutter and oldfurniture to get rid of that claustrophobic feel. Keep the drapes and blindsopen so that plenty of natural light can get in, and consider hanging a large mirror, anothergood way to give the impression of space.

Tweak your bathroom

The bathroom and kitchen are two excellent places to addvalue. If your realtor or designer advises against a full-scale bathroomremodeling, you can still add value with some small-scale improvements, such asa new vanity or hanging new wallpaper. You might also consider replacing yourlight and faucet fixtures. A new tile floor will always help, but make sure youíre up to the task.Laying tile can be tricky if youíve never tried it before.

Basics first

If youíre serious about putting your house on the market,home improvement projects come with the territory. Try to get some good advicefrom professionals who can help you get the biggest return on your investment.And always be sure to take care of the basics first, things like cleaning,decluttering, and organizing. Paying for a home renovation wonít do you muchgood if buyers see a disordered and dirty house.

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