This fall, make home up­grades with stay­ing power

Cecil Whig - - REAL ESTATE -

(BPT) — Fall can be the per­fect time for home­own­ers to com­plete projects that busy sum­mer sched­ules didn’t al­low. It’s also a great time to look at ways to add last­ing value to your prop­erty. This sea­son, up­grade cheap fixes, freshen dated looks and in­cor­po­rate last­ing im­prove­ments in your home. Changes that can bring im­pact and also in­crease the re­sale po­ten­tial of your home in­clude: Lose the linoleum Linoleum has been pop­u­lar in many homes since the 1950s, but th­ese days it’s not the only floor­ing op­tion for dura­bil­ity and wa­ter­proof­ing in ar­eas like the kitchen and bath. Wood-look tile has be­come hugely pop­u­lar, and the style isn’t go­ing any­where. Re­tail­ers like Lum­ber Liq­uida­tors carry an ar­ray of wood-look porce­lain tile, vinyl and en­gi­neered floor­ing prod­ucts that are ver­sa­tile, wa­ter- and stain-re­sis­tant and fit with any decor. Up­grade lam­i­nate coun­ter­tops Par­ti­cle­board and lam­i­nate are af­ford­able op­tions, but not ones that will cre­ate im­pact in the kitchen. Th­ese days the op­tions are vast for el­e­vat­ing coun­ter­tops with butcher block, quartz, mar­ble, con­crete and more. Cre­ate a co­he­sive look with coun­ter­tops matched to the cab­i­nets. Up­dat­ing hard­ware can also be an eco­nom­i­cal way to freshen the space and tie the look to­gether. Scrape pop­corn ceil­ings Com­mon in many homes be­cause they’re easy to ap­ply, pop­corn ceil­ings are of­ten one of the first things a new home­buyer wants to change. If you’re look­ing to sell, scrap­ing the pop­corn in fa­vor of a smooth look may win over prospec­tive buy­ers. Al­ways test pop­corn ceil­ings for as­bestos be­fore you start. Re­think wall­pa­per Wall­pa­per had its day, but many new home­own­ers want it gone — and that’s not al­ways an easy up­date. Save the headache now and later and opt for neu­tral paint styles while bring­ing in­ter­est and color with your dé­cor. Whites and neu­tral paints for walls and trim brighten a space and make it ap­pear big­ger. No more wall-to-wall car­pet­ing Many home­own­ers can’t wait to get rid of old, dirty and dated car­pets in fa­vor of the qual­ity, re­li­a­bil­ity and beauty of hard­wood and wood- look floors. Now there are a va­ri­ety of hard­woods, bam­boo and wood- look floor­ing styles to choose from, and it’s pos­si­ble to achieve the look of hard­wood at an ac­ces­si­ble price point.

The best part of mak­ing im­prove­ments like th­ese now is that home­own­ers can en­joy them all win­ter long, and far be­yond. And you’ll in­crease the odds the next gen­er­a­tion will love your home, too.

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