The 7 Most Financially Savvy Home Improvements You Can Make

These budget-friendly home improvements will help you enjoy your home more today — and sell it for the most value tomorrow.

When it comes to home improvement, some dollars stretch more than others. And if you’re on a limited budget, it becomes even more important to spend those dollars wisely. Here are eight affordable (under $5,000) home improvement projects that’ll help you enjoy your home more today and provide excellent financial return in the future.

1. Add the Finishing Touch of Molding Decorative molding is a classic touch that’s been around since the ancient Greeks and Romans first installed it to add grandeur to their buildings. Centuries later, molding is still one of the most dramatic ways to dress up a room. It’s a budget-friendly improvement that trims a room for a finished and expensive look.

2. Install Quality Ceiling Fans Today, ceiling fans have evolved into an essential component of American homes as energy prices continue to rise. And since de-signs have caught up with the times, they come in a variety of styles and colors to complement any room.

3. Plant Some Trees Adding trees doesn’t instantly pop into your head when you think of adding value to your home. A mature tree could be worth be-tween $1,000 to $10,000, says the Council of Tree and Landscape Appraisers. A recent study of home sales by the Pacific North-west Research Station of Portland showed that street trees growing in front of or near a house boosted its sale price by an average of $8,870 and shaved two days off its time on the market.

4. Install a Patio Patios are a great cost-effective way to increase your home’s living space without actually adding on. Plus, you’ll recover 30% to 60% of your investment. Don’t skimp on patio lighting. It can make all the difference in functionality and beautification.

5. Pump Up Your Home Security The peace of mind that comes with installing a home security system is priceless. If a monitored system suits your needs, you’ll also get a break on your home insurance.

6. Do Almost Any Energy-Efficient Upgrade The value of energy-efficient houses just keeps going up and up. One energy-saving home improvement project that not only saves energy but gives you tons of enjoyment, too, is converting a wood-burning fireplace into a gas one.

7. Light Up the Outdoors Exterior lighting makes your home shine in the evening, accents features you like most about your house, and helps keep burglars away. Installing motion-detecting lights can even lower some homeowners’ insurance premiums




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