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A patio or deck extends the comforts of your home outside

A patio or deck extends the comforts of your home outside | Home Improvements | Scoop.it
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A patio or deck extends the comforts of your home outside, giving you, your family and your guests the opportunity to enjoy an open environment, fresh air and nature.

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Home Improvement Tip: Bring the outdoors in.

Home Improvement Tip: Bring the outdoors in. | Home Improvements | Scoop.it

Home Improvement Tip: Bring the outdoors in.
Consider turning two standard windows into an opening for beautiful French or sliding glass doors. Full-view glass doors really brighten up the space and a light and airy room is always more attractive. Also, with a view of the outdoors, the room will feel much larger. Another bonus is that modern doors are energy-efficient, cutting down on heating and cooling costs. That means more cash in your pocket now and a financial bonus should you decide to sell.

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30 Tips for Increasing Your Home's Value

30 Tips for Increasing Your Home's Value | Home Improvements | Scoop.it
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Home Improvements: $1,500-$2,000

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Home Improvement Tip: Add the right landscaping and watch your home's value grow.

For less than $2,000, hire a landscape designer to create a plan that will make your home's exterior really shine. For maximum impact, plant mature trees or fast growing varieties; these can be pricy but they will instantly make your home feel more established. As your landscaping grows, so will your home's curb appeal and value.

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Home Improvements: $1,000-$1,50 http://www.diynetwork.com/home-improvement/30-tips-for-increasing-your-homes-value/pictures/page-6.html

Home Improvements: $1,000-$1,50 http://www.diynetwork.com/home-improvement/30-tips-for-increasing-your-homes-value/pictures/page-6.html | Home Improvements | Scoop.it
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Home Improvement Tip: Update your home's entrance.
The look of your front door and entrance play heavily into the overall curb appeal of your home. As visitors enter, the front door serves as the transition into your home and is part of their first impression. Entry doors are architectural components that should complement your home's overall design, not detract from it. If your existing front door isn't up to par, head down to your local home improvement store for a more energy-efficient and attractive replacement. Whether you choose a solid wood door or one with decorative stained or cut glass panels, a welcoming entrance will definitely increase your home's bottom line.

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Home Improvements: $750-$1,000

Home Improvements: $750-$1,000 | Home Improvements | Scoop.it

Home Improvement Tip: Upgrade your appliances.
Eighty-six the old-school appliances for sleek new energy-efficient ones. An appliance with an Energy Star label has been certified by the government to use 10-50 percent less energy and water than conventional appliances. Matching stainless appliances will not only look great now, but will make your home shine brighter than the competition should you decide to sell.

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30 Tips for Increasing Your Home's Value

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Tip: Even small changes in the bathroom equal a big return.

A great room to update for less than $750 is the bathroom. The two rooms that benefit most from even small renovations are the kitchen and bathroom. One cost-effective change — like replacing an outdated vanity, old plumbing and lighting fixtures or adding a new tile floor — will guarantee a lot of bang for your buck and give your bath an updated, modern look.

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Home Improvements: $200-$40 http://www.diynetwork.com/home-improvement/30-tips-for-increasing-your-homes-value/pictures/page-3.html

Home Improvements: $200-$40 http://www.diynetwork.com/home-improvement/30-tips-for-increasing-your-homes-value/pictures/page-3.html | Home Improvements | Scoop.it
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Tip: A messy lawn creates a bad first impression.

Overgrown or patchy lawns and outsized bushes will cause your home to stand out — in a bad way. The good news is that taming your jungle is an easy fix. For a few hundred dollars, hire a lawn service company to trim your lawn and shape your hedges. Your curb appeal will go from messy to maintained without blowing your budget.

 

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30 Tips for Increasing Your Home's Value

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Tip: Plant a tree.

If you aren't planning to sell your house today, plan for the future with a landscaping improvement that will mature over time. Plant shade trees — not only will mature trees make your home more desirable but a fully grown, properly placed tree can cut your cooling costs by as much as 40 percent. Mature landscaping is also good for the environment, providing a necessary habitat for wildlife while adding valuable curb appeal to your home.

 

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HOME IMPROVEMENTS: UNDER $100

HOME IMPROVEMENTS: UNDER $100 | Home Improvements | Scoop.it
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HOME IMPROVEMENTS: UNDER $100
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Tip: Spend an hour with a pro.
Invite a realtor or interior designer over to check out your home. Many realtors will do this as a courtesy, but you will probably have to pay a consultation fee to a designer. Check with several designers in your area; a standard hourly fee is normally less than $100, and in an hour they can give you lots of ideas for needed improvements. Even small suggested improvements, such as paint colors or furniture placement, can go a long way toward improving the look and feel of your home.

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The (Don't Get Burned) Kitchen Remodeling Guide

The (Don't Get Burned) Kitchen Remodeling Guide | Home Improvements | Scoop.it

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Renovation Solutions: Tips to selecting a new front door http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865601809/Tips-to-selecting-a-new-front-door.html?pg=all

Renovation Solutions: Tips to selecting a new front door http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865601809/Tips-to-selecting-a-new-front-door.html?pg=all | Home Improvements | Scoop.it
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13 Big Ideas for Small Bathrooms

13 Big Ideas for Small Bathrooms | Home Improvements | Scoop.it
Steal bath design ideas from the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s Design Competition archives
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How to Repair a Deck: Tips and Guidelines - HowStuffWorks

How to Repair a Deck: Tips and Guidelines - HowStuffWorks | Home Improvements | Scoop.it
A deck can be a great spot for peace and tranquility. Caring for a deck, though, can be a nightmare. Learn how to repair a deck.
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Green flooring choices equal more green in your wallet.

Green flooring choices equal more green in your wallet. | Home Improvements | Scoop.it
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Home Improvements: $3,000-$5,000
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Home Improvement Tip: Green flooring choices equal more green in your wallet.

Worn, tired carpet will not only turn off homebuyers, but it can make you feel worn and tired too. Replace it with the hottest trend in flooring: renewable, environmentally friendly bamboo. Solid-surface floors are easy to keep clean and give your home an upscale look and feel. Green flooring choices, like bamboo, minimally impact the environment and are a big selling point to today's environmentally conscious homebuyers.

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Home Improvement Tip: Consult a design pro.

Home Improvement Tip: Consult a design pro. | Home Improvements | Scoop.it
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If you're unsure of which design style or paint color to use, hire a designer. They'll use discriminating taste and a trained eye to help with making the big decisions. Also, remodeling your home with a cohesive plan in mind makes all of your choices easier and ensures a pulled-together finished look. So, when you get the right mix of time or money, you'll know exactly which project to take on next.
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Home Improvement Tip: Spruce up your ceilings.

Home Improvement Tip: Spruce up your ceilings. | Home Improvements | Scoop.it
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Home Improvement Tip: Spruce up your ceilings.
One of a room's most neglected spaces, the ceiling, makes up one-sixth of a room's total area. Updating your home's ceilings will net a lot of bang for the buck while adding architectural interest. First, if you still have popcorn ceilings, hire a contractor to scrape them smooth. To add a sophisticated custom look to a smooth ceiling, install crown molding or box beams for a coffered look. Ceiling millwork, an attractive feature prevalent in older homes, is rarely found in newer construction. Adding small touches like these will help your home stand out from the pack.

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Any kitchen update equals added value

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Home Improvement Tip: Any kitchen update equals added value.

The same rule applies in the kitchen. You don't have to start from scratch to create a winning recipe. For maximizing your home's value, kitchen updates are key. Start by swapping out just one item, such as a stained sink or ancient microwave for shiny new stainless models. Even small kitchen updates will add big value to your home.

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Home Improvement Tip: Cleanliness counts.

Home Improvement Tip: Cleanliness counts. | Home Improvements | Scoop.it
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The old adage that you only get one shot at a first impression is true. So, make the interior of you home shine from the moment someone walks through the door. For less than $400, hire a cleaning service for a thorough top-to-bottom scrubbing. Even if you clean your home regularly, there are nooks and crannies that you may miss or overlook. Let a cleaning service do the dirty work to really make your home sparkle.

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Home Improvement Tip: Low-maintenance landscaping saves you money now, adds value when you sell.

Home Improvement Tip: Low-maintenance landscaping saves you money now, adds value when you sell. | Home Improvements | Scoop.it
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No question that shrubs and colorful plants will add curb appeal to any home, but when shopping at your local garden center, make sure that you "think green." Purchase plants that are native to your region or plants that are drought-tolerant; these require less water and maintenance, which means more savings to you and more green in your wallet.

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Home Improvement Tip: Inspect it.

Home Improvement Tip: Inspect it. | Home Improvements | Scoop.it
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Not every home improvement is cosmetic. Deteriorating roofs, termite infestation or outdated electrical systems — you can't fix it if you don't know it's broken. Hire an inspector to check out the areas of your home that you don't normally see. They may discover hidden problems that could negatively impact your home's value. Small problems (such as a hidden water leak) can become big, expensive problems quickly; the longer you put off repairs, the more expensive those repairs will be.

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Choose a surface that matches your lifestyle.

Choose a surface that matches your lifestyle. | Home Improvements | Scoop.it

If you decide to replace surfaces, remember that some materials make upkeep easier, important if you have kids at home or do a lot of cooking. Granite and quartz are top performers, but granite needs periodic resealing. Don't rule out laminate, which is much better than stone at resisting impact. If you're heart set on marble, just know that it's going to stain and scratch over time unless you're obsessive about protecting it.

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Front Door Makeover

Front Door Makeover | Home Improvements | Scoop.it
Give the front door a makeover. A fresh coat can transform your home's facade for the cost of a quart of paint. Choose a color that's appropriate to the architecture. Traditional homes calls for historically correct hues, say a red or black door on a white Colonial-style home. For a Federal-style brick building, earth tones, including brown and green, are the best complement, or you can pick up the neutral hue of the mortar.
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In the bathrooms

In the bathrooms | Home Improvements | Scoop.it
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Focus on the shower. Roman tubs are giving way to spacious showers with his and her showerheads, body sprays, and even steam generators. You'll need a shower stall that measures at least 4-by-6-feet, larger than the 3-by-3-feet box that used to be standard. If you can take the stall up to 5-by-7-feet, you may also be able to do away with the door, since the showerhead(s) can be directed in a way that the spray doesn't reach beyond the shower area. This will eliminate a sizable expense, especially if you were planning on a frameless door, which can be pricey. Just don't jettison the tub if there aren't any other bathrooms in the house with one.

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In the kitchen

In the kitchen | Home Improvements | Scoop.it
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Don't rush the planning. This tip applies to all remodeling projects, but it's especially important with kitchens, given the complexity of the job. Plan on spending a couple months perusing magazines, meeting with pros, and visiting showrooms.

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Around the house

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Inspect the deck. Start by cleaning the surface with soapy water and a soft-bristled brush. Then check for splinters and popped nails; break off splinters, sand sharp edges, hammer nails, and tighten screws. Finally, check the structure for rotten boards, broken railings, and wobbly steps. If you discover extensive damage to the deck, consider a replacement.

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