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4 spring projects to add value to your home

Spring is the perfect time to upgrade your home. Whether you’re looking to stay or sell, now is the time to start projects that will hike up the value of your home, impress guests and increase efficiency and style. Here are four go-to tips:

 

Improve your home’s “IQ” with smart technology

One upgrade that not only adds value to your home, but also can make your life easier is installing smart products that personalize and protect your home. Smart home technology is part of the next generation of home improvement, and we find people who own smart home devices would recommend them to others.

As weather warms up, use a programmable thermostat to keep the temperature and utilities down, which can save you an average of 23 percent on energy bills. These thermostats can sense if the home is occupied, so you’ll be comfortable when you’re inside and you’ll save energy and money when you’re not.

Stay protected when you’re away with a security system or wireless doorbell that allows you to stream real-time video of your home from your phone. The security system can send notifications whenever motion is detected, while the doorbell allows you to see and speak to visitors from your cell.

 

Painting: A tried and true refresh

 
 
 

Another upgrade that can refresh your home and boost its value is a fresh coat of high-quality paint. Today’s homebuyers are looking for trending colors including neutrals like Symphony Gold and pops of color such as Coralette by Behr. These paints have a built-in primer to save time and money.

The key to professional-looking results is taking time to thoroughly prep the surface before painting. Be sure to have a putty knife, spackle and sandpaper handy to cover any imperfections in drywall.

If you don’t have time to paint a whole room, paint a door for a pop of fresh paint without committing to an entire wall. This project can be completed in an afternoon and requires less taping and edging than painting a wall or room.

 

Freshen floors

Whether you’re looking to stay or sell, new flooring can increase the value of the home, but it’s a project that’s best handled by professionals. Hardwood flooring has the best return on investment, due to its versatility and durability. But if you can’t spring for hardwood, consider laminate flooring that can come in a timeless, rustic wood look at a fraction of the cost. Tile is very durable especially in areas that will be exposed to elements, such as rain, mud and water from pools.

 

Update the deck

Decks are an affordable way to turn your backyard into an outdoor living oasis perfect for relaxing and entertaining all summer long. Hire a contractor to build a deck to help add more overall square footage and increase your home’s value. Wood and composite decking hit at a different price point, but both add incremental value. If you already have a deck, bring it back to life by repainting or staining.