We love our Elmhurst homes, but all of us probably also have one or two changes that we’d like to make to them. Home improvements, even minor ones, can make your home feel like a whole new space, and some improvements may even pay for themselves when it comes time to resell. Here are some tips on updates and remodels.

The National Association of Realtors suggests that curb appeal projects such as siding, window and door replacements can recoup more than 70% of their cost at resale time. What’s more, replacing them with more energy efficient options will also save you energy costs in the meantime. Another outdoor project that sees great payback is creating an outdoor living space. Going beyond the traditional deck or patio, outdoor kitchens and living rooms have taken fresh air living into a new dimension, and can give your home an up-to-date feel that’s sure to attract attention.

On the inside, the quickest and easiest way to update your home is with paint. New paint refreshes a room, and creating a feature wall in an accent color can modernize it and add a touch of flair. Another simple indoor update is lighting. New fixtures not only tend to be more energy efficient, they also accessorize your home with a clean, modern touch.

Basements can be more than simple storage spaces – they can be bonus living spaces too. Add functionality (and value!) by creating a family room, home theatre, or even a guest suite out of this overlooked gem.

As families have evolved, we’re spending more and more time together in our kitchens. That means our kitchens are evolving too, from just places to cook meals to spaces for entertaining, work, and family gatherings. If you’re considering a kitchen remodel, pay attention to how you and your family use the space. Then, make plans that incorporate features that facilitate and encourage those uses. Cooking and eating areas are a given, but think about variables such as creative storage solutions, work or office spaces, or a kitchen island that can serve a number of functions at once.

If you’re thinking of making improvements to your home, we’d be happy to share our thoughts about the best bets for resale success. All of us here at The Gracik Makinney Group are committed to providing the best service possible to our clients – current, former and future. Stop by the office at 190 North York Road here in Elmhurst, or give us a call at 630-441-5570 and let’s get planning.