Fall can be the perfect time for homeowners to complete projects that busy summer schedules didn't allow. It's also a great time to look at ways to add lasting value to your property. This season, upgrade cheap fixes, freshen dated looks and incorporate lasting improvements in your home. Changes that can bring impact and also increase the resale potential of your home include:
Lose the linoleum
Linoleum has been popular in many homes since the 1950s, but these days it's not the only flooring option for durability and waterproofing in areas like the kitchen and bath. Wood-look tile has become hugely popular, and the style isn't going anywhere. Retailers carry an array of wood-look porcelain tile, vinyl and engineered flooring products that are versatile, water- and stain-resistant and fit with any decor.
Upgrade laminate countertops
Particleboard and laminate are affordable options, but not ones that will create impact in the kitchen. These days the options are vast for elevating countertops with butcher block, quartz, marble, concrete and more. Create a cohesive look with countertops matched to the cabinets. Updating hardware can also be an economical way to freshen the space and tie the look together.
Scrape popcorn ceilings
Common in many homes because they're easy to apply, popcorn ceilings are often one of the first things a new home buyer wants to change. If you're looking to sell, scraping the popcorn in favor of a smooth look may win over prospective buyers. Always test popcorn ceilings for asbestos before you start.
Wallpaper had its day, but many new homeowners want it gone - and that's not always an easy update. Save the headache now and later and opt for neutral paint styles while bringing interest and color with your décor. Whites and neutral paints for walls and trim brighten a space and make it appear bigger.
No more wall-to-wall carpeting
Many homeowners can't wait to get rid of old, dirty and dated carpets in favor of the quality, reliability and beauty of hardwood and wood-look floors. Now there are a variety of hardwoods, bamboo and wood-look flooring styles to choose from, and it's possible to achieve the look of hardwood at an accessible price point.
The best part of making improvements like these now is that homeowners can enjoy them all winter long, and far beyond. And you'll increase the odds the next generation will love your home, too.