Everyone knows that the kitchen and the bathroom remodeling are the projects, which never fail to pay back the home residents or sellers. However, the initial investment might be too high for many of the home owners. This article enlists three very economical home improvement projects, which pay back dividends whether one has to sell the house or has to live in it.
Adding additional storage space
Lack of storage space is a grave problem for most of the American homes. Adding a storage unit has one plain rule, which can never go wrong. The rule is that ADD the storage space. There is almost no place, where a storage unit cannot be functional. The ideal spaces to add storage units are underneath the stair cases and underneath the window seats. Other than that, in the rooms with high ceilings, one can invest in high-rise storage cabinets.
Having no storage space in the garage, dining room, bed rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens is a home design sin. Even at the most unexpected places, the storage units are going to be a pleasant surprise for anyone who sees them. For example, storage units in formal living room, sunroom and even in patio are recommended and are guaranteed to woo the potential home buyers.
Adding laundry, eating, sleeping or additional living space
Many people do not realize the potential of their homes. Resultantly, many nooks and corners of a home are left non-functional and are thus wasted. Other than adding storage units, adding laundry, eating, sleeping, or additional living space in a home is an extremely profitable investment.
I remember, before selling their house my parents created a laundry space in their sun room. It did not cost much. Alongside the washer and the dryer, they added an iron stand and a separate folding table. Over the washer and the dryer, they installed very cheap open shelves to store supplies. A wire was hung over the table and the iron stand to hang smaller pieces of clothes (babies’ clothes, socks, or undergarments). Surprisingly most of the potentials buyers used to go gaga over that space.
Almost any single bed room can be converted to double just by changing the bed. Usually the queen size beds can be placed in the smallest of the rooms. Installing a shower in the half bathroom is also a cheap investment, which offers great functionality and great profit margins.
Making the outdoor space more functional
The lawns are nice to look at. However, from functionality point of view, they are the ultimate space eaters. Even when considering the environmental impact, a lawn does not even make up for the family’s carbon foot print. (Planting and maintaining trees is certainly better than growing and maintaining lawns, from environmental point of view). A garden can be made more functional in different ways keeping in mind the climate of the respective state. For example, the garden can be partially covered to make great patios in the areas with pleasant climate. For areas, which receive frequent rainfalls or are too cold to allow outdoor seating, a glass room can be made in half of the garden. Rooms with glass walls and ceiling are not only budget friendly when compared to traditional concrete and brick rooms but also allow a contact with nature while avoiding the sheer cold.
Other than adding the seating spaces, adding children’s play area in family homes is also a great idea. A simple play area with a foldable shade and sand ground is a very low budget investment but this too pays back big time.
Talking of making the outdoor space more functional, I cannot help mentioning the outdoor showers too. An outdoor shower can be a low budget investment, and it is guaranteed that they would earn the home more points by the realtors and the potential buyers.