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5 Upgrades

To Increase Your Home Value

Most buyers are looking for homes that have a sleek, modern aesthetic with an open floor plan and plenty of natural light.

 

Many older homes need some remodeling to help them meet these demands.

The key to doing any remodels is to try to keep costs down and avoid massive overhauls that have a bad rate of return.

 

You'll want to focus more on functionality, rather than making the bathroom or kitchen overly luxurious.
 

Remember, the more you spend to renovate an area, the harder it becomes to earn back as much on your ROI.

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Custom Upgrades For The Kitchen

Let’s face it. We all want a chic upgraded kitchen. You know, the ones you see in magazines and on the television. But when reality sets in and snaps us back into reality, we know better. That doesn’t mean you can’t budget for at least some of them.

For example, a kitchen island always makes sense both esthetically and investment-wise. Since we all tend to spend most of our time in the kitchen, adding an island makes perfect sense. And down the road, when and if you decide to sell, it’s one of the first places potential buyers will look.

If your budget doesn’t allow for one, consider adding granite countertops and upgrade the appliances. Better yet, skip the granite and go for quartz countertops. You can also think about upgrading the kitchen cabinets and if your budget doesn’t permit, fancy them up with some high-end cabinet hardware instead.
Remember, you don’t need to spend a fortune on upgrades. You can also add decorative lighting under your kitchen cabinets or add upgraded lighting fixtures too. Either way, you’ll discover your kitchen upgrades can work within your budget, and you can have a beautiful kitchen after all.
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Wood Flooring

Some may say to skip wood flooring and go with laminate when considering custom upgrades for your home, but we disagree. Yes, laminate flooring is trendy right now and much more affordable, but genuine wood flooring makes much better sense. Natural wood flooring has a beautiful natural finish, and visually you can tell the difference between the two.
When considering custom upgrades, wood flooring is always worth considering. When we first bought our home, we chose wood floors throughout except for our three bedrooms. That turned out to be a mistake. We thought rugging the bedrooms would be more comfortable and add warmth and coziness. It turns out we were wrong because every few years, they require replacing.
Now, we decided to pull up all the rugs and add wood flooring to all three bedrooms. You can always add beautiful area rugs if you want to add warmth and coziness to your bedroom. The flooring in your home makes a bold impression, especially for resale. If you can, add wood flooring to your budget. You won’t regret doing so.
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Upgrading Lighting Fixtures

You might already know, when you buy a new home, you always get the basics. And that includes the light fixtures. Sadly, your home’s lighting is one of the most critical features and, again, makes a massive impression for resale. But let’s forget about the resale value right now. Instead, decorating your home with upscale lighting is one of the features you’ll enjoy most.
Since we live in a townhouse, our home connects on both sides to another house. That means light can only enter from the front and back windows. We added custom lighting to our home to ensure we made the most of our situation. When adding custom upgrades, always consider upping your lighting game.
If possible, much of the lighting for your home should come from natural sources. Many folks opt to add extra windows to their home or replace them with bay windows. Bay windows bring in much natural light and transform the exterior of your home as well. For example, in the last home we owned, we added a bay window to give us more light and update the exterior. You can see examples like this bay window roof replacement as they offer many options for you to consider.
When possible, scrutinize every room and consider where you can increase the amount of light. We also added decorative track lighting in our office since it only has one window. This decision turned out to be a grand idea. Now, the room fills with light, and since it features a dimmer switch, ambiance is always an option.

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Upgrading Your Garage

Let’s face it. Our garages are an extension of our home, and if you don’t have one, you might want to consider adding one. One of the main criteria for choosing our custom upgrades was adding heavy-duty steel cabinets to our garage space. More so, these cabinets house everything from tools, paint, small kitchen appliances as well as a pantry.
 
Additionally, these cabinets transformed our garage into an extension of our home, and we still had enough room to house our SUV. Remember, you’ll want to add things like a bike rack, gardening supplies storage, as well as a hook wrack for mops, shovel, etc. as well. These steel cabinets come in various sizes and shapes for you to house just about anything in your garage.
When it comes to upgrading your new home or existing home, add garage upgrades to your budget. After all, you want your garage as neat and organized as the rest of your home too. Plus, it’s so much easier finding everything and making sure your things remain protected and in good shape.

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Let’s face it. Our garages are an extension of our home, and if you don’t have one, you might want to consider adding one. One of the main criteria for choosing our custom upgrades was adding heavy-duty steel cabinets to our garage space. More so, these cabinets house everything from tools, paint, small kitchen appliances as well as a pantry.
 
Additionally, these cabinets transformed our garage into an extension of our home, and we still had enough room to house our SUV. Remember, you’ll want to add things like a bike rack, gardening supplies storage, as well as a hook wrack for mops, shovel, etc. as well. These steel cabinets come in various sizes and shapes for you to house just about anything in your garage.
When it comes to upgrading your new home or existing home, add garage upgrades to your budget. After all, you want your garage as neat and organized as the rest of your home too. Plus, it’s so much easier finding everything and making sure your things remain protected and in good shape.

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Bathroom Remodeling

According to "Home Remodeling" magazine, bathrooms are another opportunity to increase home value. Bathroom renovations add 80 to 115 percent of their costs to the home’s value. On a $200,000 home, $10,000 in bathroom improvements could increase the home’s value to $210,000 or more.
When upgrading a bathroom, a homeowner can replace fixtures and fittings, retile the floor and put in a large soaking tub. Adding a second bathroom to a home is a good bet, with a 100 percent or more resell value.
According to HGTV.com, bathroom improvements don’t have to be costly to add value to a home. Things as simple as replacing a dated tub, toilet or tile do wonders. Freshening the room with new linens and lighting fixtures also adds instant appeal.

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If you're considering remodeling your home, be sure to get in touch with a reputable company. For home remodels in greater Lakewood Ranch & Sarasota, the experts to contact are at Bridges Renovation at 941 320 5106. Go ahead and give OUR EXPERTS a call today!

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"I was very impressed by their professionalism. The two men who did the actual work were always on time and personable. They did an excellent job. They repaired the drywall and painted the entire bathroom. Also, a new toilet was installed. My small bathroom looks 100% better. I would definitely have them do more work for us. "

John Ritchie,  Lakewood Ranch

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