Licensed Realtors and DIY Network's remodeling experts Matt Blashaw and Nicole Curtis have a little he-said/she-said conversation about the best home improvement investments.
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10. Front Yard Makeover
Matt: Whether it's a nice paver walkway or simply adding some color to your planters, keeping your front yard looking fresh is not only inexpensive, but also adds nice curb appeal. In the case of home improvement, a book is always judged by its cover.
Nicole: I agree. This is always the first thing I do for three main reasons:
1. It tells your neighbors that you take pride in your home and neighborhood.
2. It makes your home stand out.
3. It's so easy! I always look online in spring when people are splitting their perennials: I have yet to have to purchase anything, since people actually give stuff away. Also, invest in an edger — clean lines are a favorite on my list — as they can dramatically transform a yard.
9. Furnace/HVAC Replacement
Matt: This is usually not on the top of anyone's mind when it comes to home improvement, but between the rebates and the energy savings, replacing a forced-air unit can start to pump not only comfort, but money into your living space. When I show buyers a home, if they see a new furnace/HVAC unit, I usually hear a sigh of relief.
Nicole: I don't totally agree. I only suggest this if you are going to be in the home a long time. Typically, you need at least five years to reap the benefits from the cost savings vs. the cost of the unit and installation. Of course, if yours is old and not working, go ahead and replace it. I just had a real estate client that was shocked that his new $15,000 furnace would not bring him a $15,000 increase in price.
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