Home Improvement

Spring - Home Improvement Time

Many things come under the guise of Home Improvement. 

‘Home improvement’ is a term that is widely used. People seek out ways to improve their home, especially when there is an occasion or an event coming up. They delve into great detail – explore different trendy magazines and visit a number of websites – to find ‘hands-on’ home improvement tips.

Many people believe that ‘home improvement’ means repainting the walls of a home and fixing leakages. However, the truth is that there are myriad of things you can do to improve the structure of your home.

‘Home improvement’ is actually a process that involves making several changes in the structure of a home to enhance its appearance. Though it may sound complicated, the process itself is very easy. Just a few changes and the existing makeup of your home can be improved instantly. It can be done by anyone – by handy men, professional contractors or homeowners. Now let’s take a closer look at the things that come under ‘home improvement’.

Kitchen; Bathroom & Laundry; Bedroom & Closet; Basement & Attic; Garage & Additions;

Yard & Patio; Remodel; Remodeling Tips & Advice; Budgeting & Contracting; Painting & 

Lighting; Windows, Doors, and Floors; Organize & Maintain; Cleaning & Decluttering; Storage 

Ideas & Hacks; Home Maintenance Tips; DIY Repair

KTHS will be doing interviews with various businesses that can help you in these categories, as part of our Home Improvement Series this Spring, sponsored by various area businesses, like Shell Knob Small Engine. Here's Don Erickson............ https://soundcloud.com/kthsradio/shell-nob-se-home-improvement-2019


7 Home Remodeling Projects With Top-Dollar Returns

#1 Upgraded Landscaping


This one might be a bit of a surprise. (Maybe you expected a major kitchen reno to top the list.) 

But if your yard is one of your home’s imperfect parts, a little color and a touch of hardscaping can make a huge difference to your curb appeal, which is a great immediate equity-booster.

What does a basic landscaping upgrade include?

  • Flowering shrubs
  • A 15-foot-tall deciduous tree
  • A flagstone walkway
  • Two 6-by-2 stone planters
  • Fresh mulch

The cost: $4,750

The return: 105% at $5,000

#2 New Roof


If you find yourself sprinting for the buckets when it starts to sprinkle, getting a new roof should be your No. 1 to-do. Measuring rainfall from the indoors isn’t cool. 

The cost: $7,500 

The return: 109% at $8,150

Considering it’s what’s between you and the elements, it’s a no-brainer. 

Not sure if you need a new roof? Signs you might include:

  • Shingles are missing, curling up, or covered in moss.
  • Gritty bits from the asphalt shingles are coming out the downspout. 
  • The sun’s shining through your attic. 
  • You notice stains on ceilings and walls.
  • Your energy bill is sky high.

#3 Hardwood Floors


You flip on the TV to see that your fave home reno-ing duo is it at again, flipping a ranch that’s stuck in the ‘80s. 

They make it to the living room, pull back the dingy carpet to reveal hardwood floors in great condition. They’re psyched — and for good reason. 

Hardwood floors are a timeless classic. Refinishing is a no-brainer. Neither will you regret adding new hardwood floors if you have none.

The cost to refinish: $2,500

The return: 100% at $2,500

The cost to buy new: $5,500

The return: 91% at $5,000 

#4 Patio or Deck


If your home is your castle, your yard is your kingdom. After giving your yard a much-needed overhaul, you need a place to watch over you handiwork. How about that deck or patio you’ve been dreaming of?

The cost of a patio: $6,400

The return: 102% at $6525

The cost of a deck: $9,450

The return: 106% at $10,000

#5 New Garage Door


No surprise that a garage door replacement project made it onto this #winning list — a new garage door provides a big boost for your home’s curb appeal at a relatively modest cost. 

The cost: $2,300 (for a two-door)

The return: 87% at $2,000

There are options galore, too. A host of factory-finish colors, wood-look embossed steel, and glass window insets are just some of the possibilities that’ll give your doors bankable personality. 

#6 Insulation


Insulation is tucked out of sight, so it’s often out of mind — that is, until you’re forced to wear your parka indoors because it’s sooo darn cold. 

The cost: $2,100

The return: 76% at $1,600 (plus the added savings on heating and cooling costs!)

#7 New Siding


In any color! And never paint again. 

Those are two of the three benefits of vinyl siding. The third, of course, is your home’s value. 

But if long-time homeowners look at you funny when you mention vinyl siding, just tell them that today’s vinyl is way better than what they remember because of fade-resistant finishes and transferable lifetime warranties. 

The cost: $13,350

The return: 75% at $10,000

Want fiber-cement siding instead? It also shows a strong payback of 83%. Although it’s the pricier option — you’ll spend about $18,000 with a payback of about $15,000 — it has one thing vinyl still lacks — the perception of quality.

And quality matters. In a survey from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), “quality” was the one of the most important traits that home buyers focused on when house hunting.