4 Equity-Boosting, Money-Saving Fall Home Projects

1. Update your kitchen island or bar lighting.

The right lighting can open up your kitchen space or create a more intimate setting for gatherings and special events. One way to enhance the space around the breakfast bar or even put a spotlight on the kitchen island is with canopy lights.

Canopy fixtures cover a wider space with multiple bulbs and you can choose from a variety of different styles.
2. Replace or repaint your front door.

Exterior door replacement had the highest return on value of any project in Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value report. The average cost for a steel front door is $1,162 and it returned $1,122, or 96.6 percent of its cost.

If your front door is in good shape, freshen it up with a new color.


3. Seal the air ducts and holes in your home’s exterior.

As much as 20 to 30 percent of the air moving through your HVAC’s duct system leaks out through poorly sealed ducts and holes. Lower your utility bill by sealing the ducts in your attic, crawlspace, unfinished basement and garage. Use aluminum foiltape not duct tape (which won’t last). Seal the ducts at the vents, too, so as much air as possible makes it into the rooms of your home.

Next, head outside with a can of spray foam expanding sealant and seal any holes you can find. Only fill the gaps one-third full as the foam triples in size.


4. Replace your garage door.

If you have a front-facing garage, its door is a dominant visual feature of your home. Upgrading it generates an 84 percent return on cost. Looking for something distinctive?


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