6 Budget-Friendly Home Renovation Projects


Getting ready to sell your home? You might have been advised to go forward with some expensive renovations to entice prospective buyers. But what if your wallet just can’t handle that? If you’re a home seller on a strict budget, don’t despair; transforming your home doesn’t have to involve pricey remodeling efforts. Want to sell your home faster without spending big? Here are a few low-cost remodeling projects you can take on.

Paint Your Front Door

You can “wow” your future buyers before they even walk in without buying a new door — just give your current front door a fresh, bold coat of paint.

Choose a shade that will blend in with the general color palette of the other homes in the neighborhood and complement your home’s exterior. Consider popular choices like red, blue, or green, or neutral tones like brown or white. And make sure you choose paint designed for outdoor use — it will be formulated to withstand rain, snow, and heat, unlike interior paint.

Simple Landscaping Changes

Increasing your home’s “curb appeal” is a crucial aspect of staging. Don’t assume that you have to spend thousands of dollars on landscaping. Instead, you can simply plant native flora in raised garden beds to bring a little color to your front yard. In addition, you can also redesign your front porch — your buyers will envision themselves relaxing there on a beautiful spring day! Better Homes and Gardens suggests choosing small outdoor furniture pieces, which will help you make the most of the space and save money. Some eye-catching decor, like colorful flower pots and miniature statues, can make it look even more welcoming.

One other addition to your landscaping that can make a huge difference is to add a fence to your backyard — assuming you don’t have one already. Fortunately, adding a wood fence won’t set you back too much; you can expect to pay between $7 and $15 per foot for materials to make it yourself. However, if you want to spring for professionals, you’ll need to plan for $30 to $50 per hour for labor. However, the added expense will ensure your fence looks spectacular.

Modify Your Decor

Upgrading small features, like your lighting fixtures and door and drawer knobs, can subtly change the aesthetic within your home. In addition, thoughtful touches like cozy throw pillows, tasteful trinkets, and a cute welcome mat can help potential buyers imagine themselves living there. When it comes to staging your home, it’s all about the little things.

Items like these are already quite affordable, but for the lowest prices on home goods, hardware, and more, shop at major stores like Walmart. By finding coupons and promo codes, and making the most of cashback deals, you can reduce your final bill and make your house look like a place your buyers would want to come home to every day.

Spruce Up Your Kitchen

Potential buyers will carefully scrutinize your kitchen, so put some extra effort into sprucing up this room. Simply painting your cabinets can make the space look brand new, and you can do it in an afternoon without paying for a contractor.

Want to take things a step further without springing for a full renovation? Install a new backsplash! It’s a quick fix that will definitely upgrade the appearance of your kitchen.

Bathroom Caulk

Does the caulk in your bathroom look unsightly? Then it’s time to remove the old caulk from certain areas, like the edges of your bathtub, and go in with a caulk gun to freshen it up. You’ll be amazed at how much nicer your bathroom looks with new caulk. It’s a cheap, easy DIY fix – just move slowly and carefully to get the best results!

Secondhand Furniture

Need some new furniture to properly stage your home? Don’t pay full price; instead, buy second hand. Real Simple recommends checking out platforms like Craigslist and searching for high-quality brand names — getting major discounts on pieces that would normally be quite expensive is easier than you might think. Before bringing used furniture into your home, you should definitely check for mold and evidence of bed bugs.

When you’re selling your home, you generally want to find a buyer as soon as possible, especially if your moving date is fast approaching. However, if you don’t have the funds for major renovations, don’t stress. If you focus on budget-friendly upgrades, you’ll be surprised by how soon you find yourself at the closing meeting!

Guest Post By:

Suzie Wilson ⎸info@happierhome.net  ⎸Happier Home

On-Demand Project Managers to Your Site! Perfect for Contractors and Home Flippers


Why is Residential Construction is Ripe for On-Demand Disruption?

With a record year for the on-demand industry in 2019, the big prediction for 2020 is that on-demand companies will expand to new industries.

This is happening now in residential construction. A common issue with residential construction is going over budget, not meeting deadlines and plainly losing (wasting) money primarily due to lack of communication.

Most contractors do not use project management software to keep their jobs in-line.

95% of all residential remodel projects end up in frustration. Homeowners go into a project excited about their contractor only to soon be in the dark about what is going on.

TRY Project Buddy Services Today!

Check out: The new on-demand startup “Project Buddy” http://www.projectbuddyservices.com is the 1st of its kind and planning to revolutionize the industry: Creating completely transparent transactions between homeowners and contractors. Simply put, Project Buddy helps organize projects.

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Project Buddy Founder, Robert L. Williams

“After years of consulting in the construction industry I found that almost every job had a point where the client thought they were being cheated, it was almost always due to a simple lack of communication. Construction remodel projects are very organic and change daily. I started Project Buddy to help both Contractor and client stay up-to-date on a weekly basis.”

Project Buddy, from PGN Design Group, works with a cloud-based construction software that all parties have access to with their smartphone, tablet or computer. Project Buddy finally makes it easy for homeowners to follow the progress of their construction project from anywhere and makes it easy for contractors to keep their clients updated on day-to-day progress of their projects. It works with 5 easy steps.

  1. Upload project information to Project Buddy cloud-based software.
  2. Take daily photos of the project.
  3. Create daily work logs.
  4. Contact all contractors, subs and architects for scheduling purposes.
  5. Create an “end-of-week” report for the project.
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So who’s doing the actual work? Numerous “Buddy’s” manage jobs in the areas that they live in. They can work as much or as little as they want. Think of it as the “Uber for Construction Projects“.

The service will operate on weekly contracts so that there is no big commitment from homeowners or Buddy’s. For contractors, there’s no need to hire and train full-time employees only to have the burden of their salaries on the books when it gets slow.

At the end of each week, clients have the ability to either “opt-in” if they like the service or “opt-out” and we’ll see you on the next one!

Project Buddy will have the ability to do one or all of their jobs. The company is poised to disrupt the residential construction industry by helping smaller companies with growth, and larger companies with quality control. The price is $497/week for most projects, cheaper than the cost of a laborer sweeping up the site!

Why Use Them?

  1. Lost Time = Lost Money
  2. Cloud-based Software = Transparency, 24/7 access from any device.
  3. Organize contractor = Get’s the Job Done on time and on-budget!
  4. Weekly contracts = No Big Commitment
  5. One low rate for any size project (single-family or multi-family)

Project Buddy has launched in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area with expansion to other major cities in the U.S. later in the year.

Preferred Partners:

  • Contractors/Developers – Instead of carrying a payroll employee as a superintendent, we can replace that cost, and we have no problem with working for 1 week..
  • Real Estate Agents – You know all of the Wholesalers, Flippers and Homeowners doing remodels, refer our service and receive a $497 referral for each.
  • Architects – You work with homeowners and flippers too, with our service, you can monitor the project remotely and not get left out of the circle. Refer our service and receive a $497 referral for each.
  • Hard Money LendersCLOSE MORE LOANS. We can act as a 3rd party service provider that can be financed and used as a kind of “insurance policy” Lenders can require their borrowers to use Project Buddy, and they’ll always know what’s going on with the project! Two words – Accountability Partner. Protect their loans. Fewer foreclosures will increase bottom-line. No COST to the Lender – You can build it into the loan (its a cost of doing business)
  • Owner Builders – You want someone to babysit the work-site, and you don’t want the job?
  • We’ll help week-to-week until you don’t need us anymore! You can see all the progress on your smartphone or preferred device, and read the notes left by the Buddy. Perfect Communication!

Book us for one job, for one week and you will quickly see how easy and smooth your job/s will run.

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Maximizing Your Investment: Ideal Renovations for an Older Home


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When it comes to renovating an old house, it’s all about return on investment (ROI). Jumping into a costly remodel that does little to add value represents a significant financial loss, so it’s important to make smart, well-informed decisions about how much renovations cost and where to focus your efforts. Buying an old house is always a gamble and it’s usually a huge, long-term investment, so it’s essential you know where to renovate to do the most good. According to an article in Remodeling Magazine, the average remodeling job recovers under two-thirds of its cost at the time of sale. Fortunately, there’s a handful of renovation projects that are normally quite reliable when it comes to ROI.

Reinsulate

Many old houses suffer from a lack of insulation, which results in extremely high-energy costs. Adding or replacing insulation may not be the sexiest of renovations, but it makes a great deal of sense from a savings standpoint. Check the insulation in the attic, which should have a minimum of 8 inches of cellulose or 11 inches of fiberglass insulation. If not, or if what you find is dirty, it probably means it’s reached the end of its effectiveness and needs replacing. The average cost of re-insulating an attic is around $1,300, but the energy savings will be significantly higher, making this one of the best remodeling projects for an older home.

Window replacement

Replacing old, drafty windows has a doubly positive impact. Not only does it upgrade a significant aesthetic feature, it’ll save money if you replace the old ones with Energy Star-approved and certified windows. New, energy-efficient windows can save you as much $465 a year in heating costs, and will recoup your investment in about 5 years. However, be aware that a full window replacement project is often unnecessary, even if your pro recommends it; focus instead on window frames showing signs of age, including rotting wood and excessive window condensation.

New flooring

Hardwood flooring lends an air of elegance and refinement to any home, particularly an older house with an overall vintage look. Many homeowners assume that it will be too expensive and too difficult to maintain, but hardwood lasts considerably longer than carpeting, which wears out after about 10 years. It’s not unusual for hardwood flooring to last for decades if it’s well taken care of. Applying a protective coating every 5 years or so will add considerably to the lifespan of hardwood, which should only need to be sanded and refinished about every 10 years.

Lawn appeal

Home renovating doesn’t always have to be an indoor activity. You can also enhance your home’s look by beautifying your landscaping. There’s nothing quite like the green glow of an attractive stand of grass, which you can achieve with regular applications of fertilizer and weed control. Why not add a few design elements, like decorative flagstones or a brick-lined walkway? Brick adds an appealing touch of color set against the green of your lawn. If you’re into gardening, think about adding a flower bed lined with railroad timbers, an appealingly rustic aesthetic element. Add a fresh layer of mulch around trees and shrubs, and you’ve got a colorful lawn that’ll turn heads and add to the visual appeal and value of your home. If you need some help with your outdoor beautification projects, lawn and landscaping service prices vary greatly depending on what you’d like to have done; you can expect to pay around $320 for a minor project that doesn’t include a lot of labor or materials, meaning you’ll see a significant ROI for giving your yard a little TLC.

Renovating an older home can be a tricky proposition if there’s lots of expensive antiques and furniture in the way. To avoid doing damage, look into renting a temporary storage space to preserve them while you’re kicking up dirt and dust remodeling. Shop around for the best deals; for instance, CubeSmart Self Storage in Orlando is currently reducing storage fees by 50 percent for the first month.

A house, particularly an old one, is more than a home; it’s a major business investment. Choosing renovation projects that earn you a high return on investment is important for turning an old house into a highly profitable asset. 

Guest Post by: Seth Murphy – Papadiy.com

Contact him: seth@papadiy.com

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