4 Equity-Boosting, Money-Saving Fall Home Projects

4-Equity-Boosting1. Update your kitchen island or bar lighting.

The right lighting can open up your kitchen space or create a more intimate setting for gatherings and special events. One way to enhance the space around the breakfast bar or even put a spotlight on the kitchen island is with canopy lights.

Canopy fixtures cover a wider space with multiple bulbs and you can choose from a variety of different styles, including a Rustic Barn Chandelierhttp://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=homea00-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B00M0DV2XY, Glass Pendant Shadeshttp://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=homea00-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B008AU1BGO, or even a $17,735 bejeweled Swarovski Crystalline Icicles Pendant Chandelierhttp://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=homea00-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B006PRD2M0 that spreads all the way across the bar.



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2. Replace or repaint your front door.

Exterior door replacement had the highest return on value of any project in Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Valuereport. The average cost for a steel front door is $1,162 and it returned $1,122, or 96.6 percent of its cost.

If your front door is in good shape, freshen it up with a new color. Get inspired with this DIY Network slide show featuring 28 inviting colors to paint a front door.



equity boost 33. Seal the air ducts and holes in your home’s exterior.

As much as 20 to 30 percent of the air moving through your HVAC’s duct system leaks out through poorly sealed ducts and holes. Lower your utility bill by sealing the ducts in your attic, crawlspace, unfinished basement and garage. Use aluminum foil tapehttp://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=homea00-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B000HBOYZO not duct tape (which won’t last). Seal the ducts at the vents, too, so as much air as possible makes it into the rooms of your home.

Next, head outside with a can of spray foam expanding sealanthttp://ir-na.amazon-adsystem.com/e/ir?t=homea00-20&l=as2&o=1&a=B0012UP804 and seal any holes you can find. Only fill the gaps one-third full as the foam triples in size.


equity boost 44. Replace your garage door.

If you have a front-facing garage, its door is a dominant visual feature of your home. Upgrading it generates an 84 percent return on cost. Looking for something distinctive?

C.H.I. Overhead Doors’ stamped carriage house line adds a warm wood tone that brings character to any home style.



Like these projects but don’t want to do them yourself? Contact me and I’ll put you in touch with a qualified home improvement contractor who can install beautiful light fixtures or an updated garage door. There are also local, home energy efficiency companies who can seal your ducts and exterior home air leaks.