Home Improvements You Shouldn’t be Afraid to Invest In

Home Improvements You Shouldn’t be Afraid to Invest In
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    When people invest in home improvement projects, it's usually for two reasons: They want to increase their enjoyment of their home, and want to increase its value.

    Here are some home improvement projects that no homeowner should be afraid to invest in, because they can really pay off.


Adding Insulation

It doesn’t sound like much, but adding insulation is one of the best home improvement projects you can do. Not only will it make your home more energy efficient and easier to heat and cool, it’s also the only home improvement that is likely to make you money this year. It’s estimated that adding insulation in your attic and other areas will bring you about a 115 percent return on your investment when you sell.

Automatic Alarm Systems

Adding an alarm system to your home doesn’t cost a lot of money, but it can greatly boost the value, especially in the eyes of the new generation of millennial home buyers, who like smart homes. Most companies will install alarm equipment for free as long as you pay the monthly monitoring cost, which usually runs around $20 to $30. However, there are many new companies on the market offering alarm systems that you can monitor yourself from a smartphone or other electronic device. Visit www.alarmsystemreviews.com to find out more about the newest systems.

Garage Doors

Like adding insulation, replacing your garage door is not an often thought of home improvement, but is a smart one. You are likely to get back about 90 percent of the cost of a new garage door in terms of added value when you sell your home. And a new garage door may greatly increase your enjoyment and utility of your home, especially if your current garage door is old and unreliable.

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Adding a Deck

Who doesn’t want a place in their back yard where they can grill, hang out and entertain friends? A deck provides that space, and it’s also a smart investment. A new wood deck retains about 75 to 80 percent of its value when you sell your home. Composite decks, while requiring less maintenance, are not as good of an investment, recouping only about 65 percent of their cost.

Any type of home remodeling begins with a plan. Your first step is analyzing the numbers. Does the remodeling make economic sense. Second step: flushing out ideas. So understand these key steps before you begin:

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Minor Kitchen Remodels

One of the most common home improvement projects is a kitchen remodel — and with good reason. The kitchen is one of the most-used rooms in a home. It’s also one of the most important when selling. A minor kitchen remodel is a good investment, recouping about 80-85 percent of its cost. Even small steps like having a company refit the kitchen sink view can make a huge difference in how your home is received.

Home improvements can seem like a daunting investment when you’re looking at huge remodels and time constraints. But with a little inside knowledge and creativity you can get a great return and still get the job done.



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Brook Chaplan

Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan