May is National Home Improvement Month!
Springtime is a great time to start planning upgrades and improvements to your home. That's why May is National Home Improvement Month!
We'll be posting home improvement tips, trends and inspiration throughout the month of May so that you can get the most out of your home improvement projects.
First off, let's start with the "why" of home improvement: boosting home value!
Organize and upgrade to boost your home's value.
Organize & Upgrade: 6 Ways to Boost Your Home's Resale Value
Whether you are looking to sell your home or just want to give it a facelift, organizing and upgrading gives you a better chance to boost your home’s resale value.
The first huge step when marketing a house to buyers is getting them to come inside. A house with outdoor debris, sloppy landscaping, and unattractive trash or recycle bins lining its curb is not going to excite anyone to step into a house.
The impression at the curb can make the biggest difference – if little care is given to the outside, what will that mean for the inside? Organizing, tidying and cleaning the exteriors before marketing a home is essential.
Now that you're feeling inspired to start home improvement projects, take a look at Stephanie Scharr Bonini's expert tips on making your home improvement project go smoothly and easily:
Simple preparation can keep your home improvement project on track.
5 Easy Steps to Prepare for a Home Improvement Project
Investing in home improvement is important. Smart remodeling projects can increase the value of your house – and refreshing your design and décor always feels great!
Whether you’ve got a big or small home renovation in mind, it pays to be thorough and prepared.
With a few simple steps you can get the home of your dreams, while staying on time and on budget.
Here’s how to get started:
1. Get the facts. Create a folder to store all your information. Write down all the key points of the project on the folder, including the name of the space, estimated timeline, budget range, and the key components of what you’d like to achieve. For example “Kitchen, Summer 2011. $20-$30,000. Reface cabinets, install granite countertops, replace appliances, add new flooring and lighting.”
Feeling inspired to start some home improvement projects ? Let us know if you have any questions and please share these posts with your friends to help them get started this month!
Ginny Snook Scott
Ginny Snook Scott is the Chief Design Officer at California Closets. She has over 25 years experience with California Closets and has helped over 1,000 clients create custom closets and organize their home. Connect with Ginny on Google+.