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Here are seven affordable home improvement projects that’ll help you enjoy your home more today and provide excellent financial return in the future.

#1 Add the Finishing Touch of Molding

  • Crown molding makes rooms seem both bigger taller. It’s an elegant addition to any home.
  • Plus, wood moldings come in hundreds of options — from simple to ornate — that you can stain, paint, or leave natural.
  • You can also find moldings in flexible materials, such as foam, that make installation a whole lot easier. Some moldings even include lighting that casts a soft, ambient glow.

#2 Hang Quality Ceiling Fans

If your ceiling fans are old and outdated, new ones (coupled with a fresh paint job and crown molding) could give your rooms a refreshing update while saving money.

Some tips about ceiling fans:

  • Hang 7 to 8 feet above the floor.
  • If you’ve got a low ceiling, buy a hugger ceiling fan that’s flush-mounted.affordable home upgrades you can make
  • Go for the biggest Energy Star-rated fan that will fit the space.
  • Choose quality. You’ll get better cooling results, less noise, and good looks at a digestible price point.

#3 Plant Some Trees

  • Trees are moneymakers that get better with age. In urban areas, money really does grow on trees. A recent study of home sales by the Pacific Northwest Research Station of Portland showed that street trees growing in front of or near a house boosted its sale price by an average of $8,870 and shaved two days off its time on the market.
  • Trees also:
    • Save $100 to $250 annually in energy costs
    • Lower stress
    • Prevent erosion from downpours and roof runoff
    • Protect your home from wind, rain, and sun

#4 Install a Deck or Patio

  • Keep it simple and functional to see a return on investment. A professionally installed deck costs about $10,000 to install, but if you DIY it, you’ll save more than half that while adding to your equity.
  • Don’t skimp on deck lighting. It can make all the difference in functionality and beautification.

#5 Upgrade Your Insulation

  • It’s not as sexy as a kitchen remodel, but it doesn’t cost as much either.
  • Plus, you’ll save all year long on your utility bills. Win-win.

#6 Add Some Creative Storage

  • Adding storage is a no-brainer, but it does take a little brainpower to find your home’s hidden storage.Here are a few ways to think outside of the toy box:
  • Open drywall to create storage cubbies between your wall’s studs.
  • Install platform storage that hangs from your garage ceiling.
  • Even stairs can give you more storage.

#7 Install Landscape Lighting

  • Exterior lighting makes your home shine in the evening, accents features you like most about your house, and helps keep burglars away. Installing motion-detecting lights can even lower some homeowners’ insurance premiums.
  • Place accent lights under your favorite trees to show off your landscaping’s top earners.
  • Put them on a timer so you don’t waste energy running them during the day.
  • Choose a warm, white light. It’ll make your home look and feel welcoming.

GET YOUR HOME INVENTORY TODAY…AND SAVE: Tricia is offering a 10% discount from now through August 2018 for anyone interested in getting started. Contact her via phone at 925-206-0103 or by email to schedule your inventory today.