7 Home Improvement Projects for the New Year

7 Home Improvement Projects for the New Year

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Last week, we looked at planning for your home improvement projects for the new year. What we did not look at were specific projects that might be considered, something we’ll remedy here by listing seven possible jobs for the new year.

1. Kitchen Renovation — Are you happy with your kitchen? If not, consider what you need to have done and then prioritize those updates. If funds allow, you might consider gutting the entire kitchen. Or, you could replace the countertop, install a new island, or replace the appliances. If you plan to sell your home, both the kitchen and bathrooms will be the deal makers or breakers for the home.

2. Bathroom Update — Replace a tired vanity, a dripping showerhead or a loose toilet. Consider the flooring, the walls and the ventilation. Know what works and looks good, and what doesn’t function well, attacking the latter. Enlist the help of a friend and take on your bathroom project together.

3. New Windows and Doors — If your home’s windows and doors are 15 to 20 years old or more, consider replacing these. You’ll enjoy a cooler home in the summer and a warmer home in the winter with today’s Energy Star approved windows. Moreover, you’ll get the same benefit with new doors. Your home will look more appealing as well.

4. Update Your Basement — Is your basement finished or unfinished? Either way, it is a living space that is just begging to be utilized to its fullest potential. First, make sure that it is waterproof. Second, you must have enough head room to make it a legal living area. Third, consider running wiring and plumbing to provide a full living experience. Fourth, if funds are limited, turn this room into a playroom for the children or a hideaway for the parents.

5. Put on a New Garage Door — One certain way to change the appearance of your home is to replace the garage door. Your home’s look will most certainly change if that garage is attached to your house and the door faces the street. Consider what look enhances your home’s exterior and choose a door that does not require regular maintenance.

6. Install Maintenance Free Siding — You know that painting your home every few years is a major drag. Moreover, it is a cost that you may be tired of paying for. That’s why maintenance-free siding, such as vinyl siding should be considered. Make the initial big investment now and you’ll only need to power wash it once annually thereafter. Get 20 years or more out of the siding and add to your home’s value in the process.

7. Replace the Roof — Any roof that isn’t doing its job is a disaster waiting to happen. Quit patching your roof and make replacing it a priority. Go with longer life shingles or make the switch to slate or metal. Its a big investment, but one that pays off with a more secured home with a greater value too.

Project Considerations

Paying for your home improvement project can be a challenge for some. Fortunately, if you have built up equity in your home, you may qualify for a loan. You’ll need to carefully analyze those numbers first before making a commitment.

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Matthew C. Keegan

Matt Keegan is a freelance writer and editor as well as publisher of "Auto Trends Magazine", an online publication. Matt covers campus, consumer, business and financial topics on various websites and weblogs, and has been published in the "Houston Chronicle", "Sam's Club Magazine" and "Wisconsin Golfer".