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As homeowners start to think about preparing their house to sell, many wonder what improvements they can make to increase the value of their homes. Other homeowners are always concerned about whether or not a home improvement will actually improve the value. Below we have a list of common home improvement projects and whether they are worth it or just a waste!


Modernizing your kitchen.

Worth it.

You’re probably thinking about how this is common sense, but it never hurts to be reminded! Kitchens are the focal point of the home, therefore renovating the kitchen is always worth it. Bathrooms and kitchens sell homes, so if you would like a quick sell, make sure the kitchen is up to date!


Inground pool or hot tub.

Waste.

… At least not in New England. The problem with pools is that in most markets they are not considered a necessity, they are simply an insurance burden and safety concern. If you are adding the pool for your enjoyment, then go right ahead! But, if you are simply looking for a way to bring value to your home, there are a lot better ways to spend that money.


Updating your bathroom.

Worth it.

As I stated earlier, Bathrooms and Kitchens sell homes. A brand new beautiful shower, fresh paint, and modern flooring will bring your house to the next level!


An Addition.

Waste.

If you are looking for an immediate return on your investment, then this is not it! You should be adding an addition because you don’t want to move or because it is the best financial decision for you, not because you want to make a quick extra buck when you sell your current home.


Landscaping Improvements.

Worth it.

Let your green thumb run ramp-id if you want to add value to your home in a quick and inexpensive way! A beautiful landscape will always catch the eyes of buyers, so investing in flowers and mulch can go a long way when it comes to quickly selling your home!
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Posted by Christopher Terry on February 12th, 2018 11:13 AM

One of the best parts of owning a home is getting to enjoy your very own backyard living space! Who needs an expensive vacation when you have paradise right in your backyard? And with summer quickly coming to a close, now is the time to create your backyard oasis.


Below is a list of five great budget backyard projects for you this summer!


Fire Pit

Nothing screams summer more than s'mores and a campfire! But having a backyard campfire is impossible without a fire pit. All you need for this simple project is a shovel, some gravel, and some bricks! Checkout how to make this DIY fire pit at http://diyfunideas.com/diy-fire-pit.


Patio

Sitting outside eating dinner on the back patio is a summer must. If you want a patio but are on a budget, consider building it yourself! Better Home and Garden describes step-by-step how to build your perfect backyard patio in this article http://www.bhg.com/home-improvement/patio/installation-how-to/how-to-build-a-sand-based-patio/. Just be sure to give yourself a full day to get it done, because it does take some time!


Sandbox

Every kid loves a sandbox, but a plastic pool filled with sand isn’t always the most attractive thing to have in your back yard. A cute backyard sandbox is actually surprisingly easy to build, and your kids will spend hours of their summer entertained, which we all know is priceless! For directions and pictures showing how to build this backyard toy, go to https://nomadicthoughtsfromlexi.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/diy-sandbox/. And for an extra little touch, paint the wood a fun color and add an umbrella for some shade. And viola! You just gave your give hours of outdoor fun!


Gardens

Maintaining a backyard garden can take some work, but the results are definitely worth it. There are few things more relaxing than listening to birds chirp as you curl up with a summer read surrounded by flowers. To get a dream garden, start by sectioning off part of your yard and fill it with mulch, then go to your favorite home and garden store to pick out the perfect flowers. Once the garden is built and flurishing, go http://www.millstores.com/ and pick out the perfect garden bench. Soon you will have a perfect getaway from your chaotic life!


Lighting

Outdoor lighting is the finishing touch to any backyard oasis. From twinkle lights to lanterns, the options are endless. To perfect your backyard check out this article that buzzfeed posted, http://www.buzzfeed.com/pippa/outdoor-lighting-diys-to-brighten-up-your-summer#.vu4RQRK4V. There you will find every outdoor lighting for your budget!


Here at EZ Home Search Real Estate, we know that your backyard is just as important as any other part of your home. We know that backyards bring families and friends together, and that backyards are where summer memories are made. We hope that this list helps you make your backyard a home.



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Posted by Christopher Terry on September 20th, 2015 10:12 AM

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