5 Small Home Improvement Projects with Big Returns

Posted by: Guest Contributor on October 4th, 2012

The very mention of ‘home renovation’ can cause anxiety in homeowners, particularly those who have already gone through the process. Extensive remodeling projects can be expensive, disruptive, and time-consuming, but that does not necessarily apply to every project. There are a number of upgrades that can dramatically improve the look and feel of your home without breaking the bank or creating total chaos in your life. If you are trying to sell your home, you will find that inexpensive improvements can yield big returns. Here are five enhancements that fall relatively low on the hassle scale:

1. Hardwood Flooring Installation

Installing hardwood flooring should, in most cases, be left to a contractor, as it requires special equipment and expertise. On the other hand, glue-down hardwood floors are less costly, especially if your home is on a concrete slab. The installation of nailed hardwood floors over concrete requires that a layer of plywood or other suitable wood medium be applied first so that the new product can be attached with nails. However, glue-down flooring eliminates this step because an adhesive is used for the attachment process. It is generally a faster installation as well. For instance, a 400 square foot room floored with 3-inch flooring can usually be completed in 1 to 2 days.

If you already have hardwood floors that are worn, you might want to consider refinishing. Again, this is a job for the well-skilled craftsman, but it will dramatically improve the look of the room and require much less time than a complete replacement. In fact, approximately 86% of homebuyers in 2011 chose a home with hardwood floors, so this renovation is a worthy investment if you plan to sell your home somewhere down the road.

2. Kitchen and Bath Hardware

One of the simplest upgrades that can be performed is the installation of new hardware such as towel racks, cabinet handles, toilet paper dispensers, and other wall-mounted hardware. Several aesthetically pleasing designs are available for a range of prices. If you are handy, this is a true do-it-yourself project.

3. Cabinet Upgrades

Replacing cabinets is an extensive process, particularly in a kitchen. Unfortunately, this process will make that area practically unusable during the renovation. If your cabinets are not dated or damaged, you may opt to refinish the doors and drawer panels instead. In addition, you may want to replace old hardware like pull handles and knobs. This is a much cheaper option and will reduce the disruption since the cabinets themselves do not require demolition.

4. Exterior Door Replacements

The front entry is one of the first things a visitor sees when approaching your home. If the front door is old, warped or damaged, replacement should be considered, not only for cosmetic reasons but for energy efficiency benefits as well. Standard size doors can be purchased at virtually any home improvement center. They may also have an installation option as well, and that can make this a truly painless upgrade.

5. Wall Painting

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for any room. Walls and ceilings get stained and dulled over the years, and a fresh application of paint not only brightens but protects these areas. Painting is a true do-it-yourself project; it does require patience and attention to detail but the outlay for materials and paint is minimal for the benefits gained.

Erin Devine is the writer and owner of DIY Home & Floor, a blog all about interior design ideas, home renovation, and DIY decorating. She also writes articles for Floor & Décor Outlets and her work can be found on various interior design and remodeling blogs around the web.



7 Comments on “5 Small Home Improvement Projects with Big Returns”

Rony Mikal

Hardwood flooring is the best way to make your home more beautiful. All the tips you have given to make home interior more beautiful are good to know.


Pandora’s OEM

Thanks for the article as it describes some great home renovation ideas within the budget. The most expensive part will be replacement of your old electronics gadgets, I would rather suggest not to discard them, use new appliances parts to work them like before, or to give them a new look.

Condo for Sale

It’s too easy to get carried away when doing home improvement work that we lose sight of what actually matters. If you’re not careful about the improvement projects that you do, you might end up losing money in the end instead of gaining it.

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It is important hire a good contractor for building your home and also for repairing. There are many contractor which give good services.

Home Renovation Sydney

Thanks for those nice suggestion.These all suggestions are too good for choosing home decoration.

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Great informative blog shared.Thanks for sharing some very useful small home improvement projects with big returns. Very useful info shared. Cheers!

Terry Stnemmoc

Great ideas! It certainly pays to choose your home improvement projects carefully in these uncertain economic times, and getting the right contractor can save you money too, as well as give you insight into what projects or features are popular.

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