say there are smart ways for do-it-yourselfers to build up their home’s
value and beauty. While many people have a dream list of home improvements,
it’s important to decide what changes will bring the most value
to your home.
For 15 years, JoAnne Liebeler has been showing do-it-yourselfers how
to fix, design and improve their homes through television shows such
as TLC’s “Home
Savvy,” and PBS’s “Hometime.”
According to Liebeler, there are times to save and times to splurge. Based
on your pocketbook, here’s a few tips to guide you through.
Splurge: Invest in hardwood floors to make them uniquely yours. No longer
are homeowners limited to plain oak planks. Today, they can customize their
floor color and create elaborate patterns and borders. According to the
American Hardwood Information Center, hardwood flooring can add as much
as $10,000 to a home’s resale value.
Save: Maybe you’re getting ready to move or you’ve just realized
how abused your floors look. There are ways do-it-yourselfers can revitalize
the look of their floors. Try using a product such as Orange Glo Hardwood
Floor Refinisher. In a day’s time and for about $10 a bottle, you
can renew your hardwood floors-saving yourself a lot of headaches and possibly
thousands of dollars.
Splurge: Give yourself a budget to find one piece from which you can build
the rest of the room — whether it’s an antique hutch or a modern
chair. Having the right piece as the focal point will create a foundation
for your design.
Save: Instead of buying a complete new dining set or bedroom suite, consider
buying unfinished furniture and staining it for a custom look. Or mix and
match with an interesting dining table and different chairs found at a
local flea market. Pieces from different eras add visual interest to any
Splurge: Granite countertops are expensive, but few things beat their beauty
and durability-they’re a timeless and elegant choice for any home.
Plus, they’re extremely heat and scratch resistant and easy to clean.
It’s worth opening up the pocketbook for this practical countertop
Save: If your kitchen needs an update, start with the most dominant feature:
the cabinets. Wood cabinets can benefit from a good old-fashioned cleaning.
Otherwise, a fresh coat of paint and updated hardware can give you a whole
new look in a weekend, and won’t break the bank.