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DIY Remodeling
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It is an easy process when you are a diy expert, or even DIY Renovation Timejust a do-it-yourself want-to-be, to get carried away with grand schemes to remodel and hopefully improve the value of your home. But will this add value to your home, or will it just be for your pleasure?

First of all, when working on remodeling your home, you should always try to protect the character of any home you own. You probably bought it because of its character, so when you come to sell it, it will probably go to new owners for exactly that reason. This means that if you add on any extra rooms, they should be in the same style, otherwise it will be very obvious that you have added a room or more to the building.

Now, although many homeowners try to increase the value of their home by remodeling existing rooms, that might not be the best way to spend your money. These days, we all want convenience because of the fast pace of living, so if you live in a home with only one bathroom, you might want to consider adding a second bathroom, if there is the space for it, or enlarging the existing one. One bathroom might work for a couple, just, but for a family those days of having to limit bathroom time has long gone - thank goodness!

Another great way to add value to your home is to remodel the kitchen. Again, we are in a society where time is scarce, and we need our appliances to help us get the most out of our day - ie, we need space for the microwave, and have to have a dishwasher in the kitchen, and there may have to be counter space for the coffee machine too!

By upgrading the kitchen and bathroom to modern day expectations, and provided your diy skills are good, you should be able to increase the value of your home. New kitchen cabinets may help, or even just putting on new cabinet doors could work. However, don't go and spoil it all by painting the rooms some horrendous color that was on sale cheap for just that reason - it really is ugly!

According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, enlarged bathrooms are most successful in attracting new buyers, but don't spend a lot on new bathroom fixtures that the new owners may not even like.

If your home has worn rugs, you might want to use your diy skills to replace the carpeting, or worn tiles or wooden floors, as this will give a much better impression when trying to sell your home, and should add value to it. Putting a swimming pool in the yard will not necessarily increase the value of the house, and may turn families with young children away because of the danger it can be. 

If you are considering painting some of the rooms before putting your home on the market, try using the more neutral colors like beige, or off-white. If you use a strong color scheme it may turn off some prospective buyers.

Try not to get too carried away with your diy projects, and always try to decide whether it is likely to add value to your house or not, before you start the renovations, otherwise the money you spend may not bring returns.

Good luck with your latest diy remodeling project!