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4 Top Remodeling Projects for 2018

plumberWhen it comes to home renovations, timing is everything. And lucky for homeowners, 2018 is shaping up to be a great year. Add value and style to your property with these home renovations.

Bathroom

A little handiwork and some paint can go along way in the bathroom. In fact, a bathroom refresh is just one of the top home renovation projects that recoups your investment. A remodel that includes a new vanity, sink, fixtures, tub, tile and flooring costs about $10,500. This project has an ROI of $10,700, which is a 102 percent return on your investment, according to the home renovation experts from HGTV. However, a total renovation may not be necessary. Taking the time to recaulk your tub, or reglaze your tub is an affordable way to spruce up the space. Additionally, removing outdated wallcoverings and painting the space can give it a fresh new look. Replacing old shower doors with a style that’s more contemporary, or removing them all together, can also transform the aesthetic of your bathroom.

Curb Appeal

Is the exterior of your home giving the right impression? Spruce up your curb appeal. There are a variety of ways you can do it. If your garage door is outdated, replace it. The 2018 Remodeling magazine Cost vs. Value Report shows that a new garage door can recoup 98.3 percent. Other outdoor improvements that made the list include wood deck additions, which can pay you back 80.20 percent of the total cost, siding replacement, which recoups 74.30 percent, and vinyl window replacements, which pays you back 74.30 percent. Remember, it is always better to either repair and replace than to undergo a full-scale remodel.

Kitchen

When making updates to the home, many homeowners often look to this kitchen. Unfortunately, many homeowner’s good intentions to renovate the kitchen turn out to be a total flop. Why? Homeowners tend to design their kitchens to their own personal tastes, ignoring what a potential buyer might be looking for when it comes time to sell. Whether you’re putting your home on the market or if you just want to make your kitchen more efficient, adding energy-efficient appliances can be a winning investment. Plus, energy-efficient appliances can lead to big savings on utility bills. And, many eco-conscious buyers are incentivized by homes already outfitted with energy-efficient kitchen appliances.

Roof

Home renovation experts agree that the average lifespan of an asphalt or shingle roof is between 20 to 25 years. However, there are some signs to look out for that may mean your roof needs to be replaced. For example, curling and buckling shingles, roof valleys, missing shingles, spotting daylight through roof boards and finding shingle granules in the gutter are all signs that your roof may need to be replaced. You can use a sturdy step ladder to take a look at your gutters and inspect your roof. But keep in mind the addition of a new roof often requires a professional. Search for a licensed — and trusted — roofer to redo your home’s roof.

Whether you’re making updates in the bathroom or redoing your roof, these home improvements can not only make your home a more comfortable place to spend time, they can increase your home’s overall value, too.

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