May is National Home Improvement Month! Each May since 2002, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) has been celebrating the trends and traditions in home improvements that often take place in the spring. After the doldrums of the winter, many people are ready to do something – anything – to update or upgrade their home, whether to prep it for sale or simply give it a much-needed face lift.
When done right, home improvements enhance how people live in, enjoy, and use their home. A home remodeling or improvement project can also increase your property’s value – an investment that may pay off the day you decide to sell your home. While raising the value of your home is a smart way to approach any remodeling or renovating project, knowing you’ll gain more pleasure living in a refreshed and updated space is also an excellent reason to make change.
According to NARI, the top 5 remodeling projects are kitchens, bathrooms, additions, basements, and exterior replacements. These projects may be more involved and costly than what you might want to consider, but there are still plenty of other ways to update and upgrade your home’s look.
Paint – Wall color and paint is probably the easiest, most cost-effective improvement you can make. White or neutral-colored walls look clean and fresh, just as color on an accent wall draws the eye and makes people notice. Use paint to add character, sharpness, and aesthetic value to any room.
Bathroom Updates – Bathrooms can be updated a number of ways that add value and functionality. Updated light fixtures, new faucets, stylish wall and cabinet hardware, and a fresh wall color (including wall paper) are easy, economical fixes. You may want to consider removing the big soaking tub in the master bathroom and replacing it with a wide spa-like shower.
Landscaping – Changing or improving the landscaping is an easy way to refresh your home’s exterior. For example, add or change shrubbery. Build planters around decks for flowers or a small vegetable or herb garden. A new deck or patio extends living space to the outdoors.
Upgrade your Kitchen – Even small updates in the kitchen go far. Replace old counter tops with granite or quartz for an eye-pleasing and durable feature. Install a tile backsplash for an interesting design element. New hardware and light fixtures give the space an updated look. Change the sink and faucet for a quick and easy update. Even changing stationary cabinet shelves for pull-out shelving adds value and function you will appreciate.
The possibilities and creativity that come with the upgrades you can make in your home are virtually endless. DC Complete can help you sift through the options and achieve those that best meet your needs. Contact us today at 810-407-1771.