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Home Improvement Projects Worth the Investment

Home Improvement Projects Worth the Investment

Homeowners tend to nitpick their living quarters, fantasizing about all the changes they could make if they had the opportunity to do it. Some of those ideas are worthwhile because they will yield a great return compared to the initial costs. Consider these home improvement projects that are worth the investment.

Hardwood Flooring

Hardwood flooring works for two reasons. The first one is that it makes your house look substantially better. They are easy to clean and mop, and there’s not much harm if you have spills, whereas stains will remain on a carpet.

Secondly, hardwood floors add value to your home if you put it on the market. Hardwood floors don’t need to go in every room, particularly your bathroom, nor are they the best in the overly humid region because the moisture could ruin the wood. But new hardwood flooring is wise if you steer clear of those detractors.

Minor Kitchen Renovations

Upgrading your kitchen to make it more modern and practical may boost your enjoyment of doing things like cooking or entertaining your family. It will also interest any prospective buyers since they know they will have a newly renovated kitchen.

A minor remodel of new cabinetry, countertops, and possibly some appliances go a long way, especially if you opt for ones that conserve energy. The brunt of the investment will be from appliances; otherwise, every other change is mostly for aesthetics.

Converting Your Basement

Making the most of the available space in your home is a sound decision. Many homeowners want to turn an unfinished basement into a bedroom. The worst-case scenario is you’ll have an extra room to lounge in. The best scenario is you have a new room and will see approximately 70 percent ROI. Either way, you’ll see a return on your investment by finishing your basement.

Window and Door Replacements

Enhancing your curb appeal is always worth exploring as a homeowner, regardless of if you plan on selling your house or not. One of the first things anyone notices about a home is its windows and doors. There’s no shortage of options with both of them, so it’s a matter of preference and what makes sense for your budget. If you don’t have the means available for your dream combination, you can consider financing your new windows and doors.

New Insulation

Most homeowners believe that improving an under-insulated house is well worth the investment. It’s an expense that will pay off in lower energy costs, increased property value, and fewer carbon emissions. It may not be the prettiest home improvement undertaking, but you should devise a strategy that will result in a properly sealed and insulated house to reap the benefits.

Everyone wishes they had the budget of an HGTV power couple to do anything they desire. However, we must consider the return from these home improvement projects that are worth the investment. If you stick to these options, you’ll have minimal regrets.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a freelance writer living in Orlando, Florida with many published bylines in magazines, newspapers, and multimedia sites. As a professional lifestyle writer, Karen specializes in art, architecture, design, home interiors and personality profiles. Karen is the writer, producer and host of the streaming series, The Design Tourist ( that brings viewers a global dose of design inspiration with episodes featuring the latest looks and trends from the world’s premiere design events and shows. She also publishes a quarterly magazine on design travel that you can read by clicking the link: Her journalism background includes seven years on-air experience as a TV news reporter and anchor covering a range of issues from education to politics. Her educational credentials include a Master of Arts in Mass Communications from Northeast Louisiana University and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Louisiana State University. Throughout her career, Karen has written and produced dozens of documentaries and videos for educational, commercial, corporate, and governmental clients and appeared in many TV and video productions as a professional host.

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Karen LeBlanc

Karen LeBlanc is a travel host and writer with a popular travel show, The Design Tourist, and a companion lifestyle blog. As a widely published travel journalist and content creator, Karen is a member of the North American Travel Journalists Association. She also serves as the Design and Travel editor of the national lifestyle magazine, LaPalme. Karen believes that every destination has a story to tell through its local art, architecture, culture, and craft. This immersive creative exploration begins with authentic accommodations where the narrative of place unfolds through art, accessories, accouterments, furnishings, fixtures, and food. 

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