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medium_e5334f5e-cc6a-409e-bf04-0d845d7f0021Remodeling spending is expected to jump in 2014 as the housing market steadies and homeowners begin to look at adding value to their homes. The following five areas are where homeowners are expected to spend the most remodeling dollars this year:

Bathrooms: An updated bathroom can be a huge advantage when selling a home. Furthermore, remodeling a bathroom is often one of the less expensive rooms to make over. Homeowners are likely to recoup 72.5% of the cost at resale according to Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value report.

Kitchens: Even a minor kitchen remodel (replacement of cabinet fronts, oven and cooktop, countertops, sink and faucet, and flooring) is shown to recoup 82.7% at resale.

Exterior Updates: After kitchens and baths, landscaping projects are high on the remodeling list for homeowners, said Liza Hausman, Houzz’s Vice President of Community. Many people choose to create outdoor entertainment spaces to add more usable square footage to their existing home.

Age-in-place improvements: Remodeling the first floor to create a master bedroom and bath is a common way for retirees to reconfiguring their space to prepare for the years ahead.

Additions: Adding on a family room, expanding the kitchen, or building a master suite are all more expensive projects and will be lucrative for contractors and designers in 2014. Large additions were shown to recoup 68.8% of their cost at resale.

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You may have loved your home when you moved in but is your space still working for you? Whether it’s time to move, time to remodel, or simply time for some reorganization, here are Apartment Therapy’s 5 warning signs that will let you know when it’s time to reevaluate your space:

1. Piles begin to pile up. Whether it’s piles of mail or piles of clothes, this is a sign that your organization methods aren’t working anymore. It might be time to rethink your systems or come up with a new way to tame your clutter.

2. You can’t find things when you need them. If it takes you time to find your keys, your wallet, the electric bill, or your favorite t-shirt, it’s probably time to organize your space.

3. You’re hesitant to invite people over. If the idea of hosting a dinner party fills you with a sense of dread, there may be a problem with how your home looks or functions.

4. Your furniture doesn’t reflect how you actually use the room. Do you work at your kitchen table instead of your home office? Do you watch TV in the bedroom and not the family room? You might be wasting or under-utilizing certain spaces that don’t actually serve your lifestyle.

5. You don’t feel relaxed when you get home. This is a big one. Your home should be your happy-place. While it may never be perfect, if you find yourself seldom feeling relaxed in your own space it is probably time to make a change.

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kitchen-cabinet_365For many of us, our homes are the most valuable thing we own. Whether you plan on selling or are simply looking to add value to your investment, Homesessive has provided seven simple adjustments that can help make your home worth more money:

Inspect often.  Prospective buyers will want to have the house professionally inspected before they decide to close the deal. As a homeowner, it is good to get in a habit of having your home inspected so that there are no surprises that could hurt the value of your home such as mold or water damage.

Add extra seating. This is a very simple thing to do and can make a big difference in the eyes of potential buyers. Adding an extra table with a few chairs in an empty space can show potential which translates into your home having a higher perceived value.

Go minimalist. When getting ready to show your home, it’s helpful to de-clutter first. From the standard clutter to furniture that isn’t necessary, clearing out some things will make your house seem larger and look more organized.

Paint your cabinets. Giving cabinets a fresh coat of paint can be a less costly and time-consuming alternative to replacing them. A new paint color will help hide scratches and give your home a fresh look.

Use potted plants. Not everyone has the space for a lush garden or the time to take care of one. Groupings of potted plants can help bring some greenery to your porch and instantly add to your home’s curb appeal.

When in doubt, add storage. No potential buyer ever complains about a home having too much storage. Establish a more organized atmosphere by adding extra storage features in cabinets and drawers––the kitchen is a great place to start.

Make it shine. Make the surfaces in your home sparkle by cleaning anything that’s stainless steel or glass such as faucets, sinks, and windows.

Source: Homesessive

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