Bitsy and Erin share some of their best ideas and resources for low cost, high impact changes to your home.
Remodel or move? Check out RemodelorMove.com for help on home improvement projects and even finding contractors http://bit.ly/mmS90F
Check out SaveOnMyRemodel.com to learn how to cut costs, and use their free calculator to help you project the costs of your remodel. http://bit.ly/kfQs0i
HomeGain.com is a great resource for buying and selling your home, and determining its value, and what value remodeling will add to your home http://bit.ly/ls3PV3
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ERIN: Ok so today we're talking about remodeling.
Bitsy: yes, and a great site to check out is Remodel Or Move.com
Erin: I love it when it's so logical. It makes sense.
Bitsy: Do I remodel, or move? It's an easy to navigate site that helps you
break down all the costs and factors that go into a remodel or a decision
to move. They'll also help you find a contractor if you have questions you
can call them for assistance, you can give them what your project is and
contractors will contact you. You can do it however you want, Remodel or
Erin: You know another resource we love is Save On My Remodel.com They have
hundreds of tips and a really really effective calculator that can help you
estimate the cost of your renovation. Seriously check out these sites. Now
let's talk about the remodel itself and let's start small.
Bitsy: Exactly, like paint. This one is a no brainer, first of all, it's
relatively inexpensive, easy to do yourself, of course if you have multiple
rooms you might want to hire a pro, but probably not. It's just instant
gratification. Who doesn't love that? But another thing, in addition to
paint, is landscaping. There is a site called HomeGain.com that says if you
invest say $300-$400 in landscaping, it could give you a return on your
investment of like $1500 to $2000!
Bitsy: You can't beat it!
Erin: A popular trend right now is in kitchens, and updating your
backsplash and if you don't want to make an investment on permanent tile,
try going to any of your home improvement stores and finding the peel and
stick kind. You can find it as low as $20 per square foot, and then if you
want to make a change two or three years later you won't feel so bad about
Bitsy: I love those guilt free aesthetic changes. See be creative with your
home improvements, small changes do go a long way! Maybe add some accent
lighting or refinish your cabinets, even just replacing the handles on the
drawers and the cupboards gives it a totally new look.
Erin: Yes let's talk about cabinets, because cabinets can often be a
kitchen's biggest expense when your'e doing a remodel. If you want new
cabinets, did you know you can save about 25% of the cost if you keep your
cabinet box and you just put new doors and hardware on.
Bitsy: Refacing. Now one of my favorite ideas for an inexpensive bathroom
redo comes from one of our viewers. This is from Mary who writes us from
Tempe Arizona. Now Mary gave us this amazing idea. You know what she did?
She wanted a new vanity in her bathroom and they can cost up to $1000! What
she did was went to a flea market and for $35 she bought an old dresser.
You know one of those old looking victorian dressers. She had a basin cut
out, had the pipes put in, now she has this awesome conversation piece!
Erin: Unique, inexpensive way to add a classic antique touch to your
bathroom, we love it!
Bitsy: Absolutely love that, so those are just a few of the small ideas
that you can use around the house to rejuvenate the look of your home, but
what about those big projects, like "total kitchen renovation" Well stick
around and we're going to tell you how to do it!
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