Monday, March 22, 2010

Investing in your home with Lunada

For those who have been able to weather the storm on the housing market, there is no time like the present to invest in your largest asset: your home.  Better Homes and Gardens just published an article talking about the top 20 small remodeling projects that will increase the value of your home and I thought they had some great points. (I won't list all of them, but the top 10)

1. Add a fireplace
       -Everyone loves them, they add warmth and a natural focal point to any space.
2. Install a bay window
       -In case you missed our breakfast nook blog (see below) window seats are great architectural elements that add square footage without effecting your floor plan!
3. Replace windows and doors
       -This will save you tons of money on your energy bills and add curb appeal!
4. Refinish wood floors
       -A messy job that can be done on your own, but we suggest using professionals to get a big impact that will make you fall in love all over with your wood floors.
5. Add a bathroom
       -Buyers often feel that older homes don't have enough bathrooms and can be a deal breaker!
6.Replace old plumbing fixtures with new ones (and they don't have to be the most expensive)
       -Faucets, showerheads, tub fillers, etc can be a weekend project and make all the difference.  Go with a finish like a Brushed Nickel, it always looks great and will prevent dating your home. 
7. Create a master bath suite
      -By adding a second sink, closing off that toilet to create a water closet, converting your shower so that it can be a steam shower, are all easy solutions to create a master suite in a snap.
8. Replace countertops
      -Nothing looks dingier than an old crusty countertop.  The kitchen is the heart of the house and the Rep. your local stone yard can be your most valuable asset. They will do all the work for you!
9. Upgrade appliances
      -2 words: stainless steel. OK 4 words: stainless steel, Energy Star. Done.
10. Create a backyard oaisis
      -We are lucky enough to live in Southern California and the weather has started to get nicer.  Grab some new patio furniture, a fire pit (those can be found for as little as $50), replace those old light fixtures (or string up those white X-Mas lights that are sitting in the attic anyways) and clean up the old BBQ to create a beautiful space to spend time with family and friends.

In the end, all of these small projects will create drama and put money in your pocket.  Most of these you can do yourself, but if you start to feel overwhelmed, just know Lunada is here for you!

To read the entire article go to Better Homes and Gardens

To get a little inspiration, be sure to visit Lunada's Website.