common Areas to Fix up

Fix-Up Tip

Replacing door and window molding pieces with a different design can give that room a fresh, new feel.

Door and Wall Trim
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Fix-Up Tip

Upgrading a window with a retrofit replacement model is a quick and easy way to transform your home.

Replacement Windows
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Fix-up and Remodeling

If you’re happy living in your current house and neighborhood but your house is starting to look old and worn, there is something you can do about it. Instead of suffering the expense of buying a new house, you can fix up your old one to look new again.

Your Home's Exterior

Most people will simply paint their house every 10 to 20 years, but your home’s exterior is more than that. Walk around your house and take a good look at the wood trim, doors, windows, stucco or siding, roofing, landscaping, overhanging or overgrown trees, etc. Any areas that are damaged should be repaired or replaced. You can also add new features to enhance the home’s look such as fascia boards or custom trim pieces, landscape edging, a stone driveway, or a custom garage door. Adding a porch with a roof will also drastically change the home’s look.

Transforming Your Kitchen

If your kitchen is over 20 years old, there are lots of new upgrades you can add to modernize it. If you’re doing a complete kitchen remodel, start by using kitchen and countertop software to design your new kitchen in 3D. This allows you to get a realistic view of your project before hiring a contractor. Your contractor can also do this for you before a contract is signed. You will probably want to modernize your cabinets with LED lighting and accessories, appliances with smart features, and custom countertops and flooring that are durable and long lasting.

Upgrading Your Bathroom

In the old days, bathrooms were small and unimportant. But today, homeowners want a more luxurious bathroom with all the latest features to pamper their body. If you have room to add additional space to your bathroom, you’ll be able to enlarge your bathtub or build a walk-in shower. Another popular feature is his and hers vanity sinks with power outlets. This allows the husband to shave while the wife puts on makeup at the same time. And let’s not forget the toilet. Many homes are now built with a toilet enclosed in its own space for privacy.

The Little Things

For those who don’t want to go all out with a total remodel, look around for the thing that makes the house looks its worst and focus on replacing or repairing it. Then look for the next thing that makes the house look old and work on that. You can keep fixing things in this manner and before you know it, there’s nothing else to fix. By this time your house may look good as new again – until the next thing wears out. But that’s a part of homeownership.

Remodel Tip

Before remodeling a room or entire house, create your design and make a plan for each phase of the project.

Detailed Plan
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Remodel Tip

If you're a DIY person but are unsure how to complete a part of the project, hire a skilled professional.

Skilled Professional
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