Help for those seeking the best bang for their buck

(Isabella Short/Community Impact Newspaper)
(Isabella Short/Community Impact Newspaper)

(Isabella Short/Community Impact Newspaper)

Updating your home does not have to break the bank. Small projects, from installing new fixtures to roof repair, can improve the look and value of a home.

Maintenance:

HVAC Maintenance: Ryan Rogers, owner of Rogers Family Handyman, said it is important for Arizona homeowners to get their air conditioning unit serviced annually to keep it lasting longer. Home improvement experts also recommend changing the air filter in your home monthly to keep the air conditioning working as it should inside your home.

Roof repairs: Jason Dawson, owner of Local Listing Pro and a realtor in Chandler, said roof repairs are something he is seeing a lot of in Chandler and Gilbert. The felt underlayment lasts only about 20 to 25 years, while the roof tiles can last between 40 and 50, Dawson said. A simple thing to do is check the roof tiles to make sure none of them are cracked, and check the felt underlayment. “It’s one of the biggest things we are running into,” Dawson said.

Shut-off valves: Shut off valves are something that are often overlooked, Rogers said. “Out of sight out of mind with them under sinks, in cabinets and behind toilets,” Roger said. The valves can create an expensive mess for homeowners. With the hard water in the Valley, Rogers said if a homeowner does not have a whole house water treatment, they need to keep an eye on shut-off valves. He recommends checking them once a year—the valves are under $50 each to replace with parts with labor and can save thousands of dollars, Rogers said.


Just a tip: Rogers said it is imperative for homeowners to be familiar with the sounds of their home—like the air conditioner when it is running. “There are a fair number of expensive repairs that can be avoided, life extended or replaced prior to being stranded without if you pay attention to the signs and indicators,” Rogers said. “If nothing else have a professional you trust walk your house once a year or so and point out potential issues to keep an eye on.”

Do-it-Yourself

Paint and upgrade cabinets: Dawson said homeowners can paint kitchen and bathroom cabinets to add more value to their home. “Any kind of painting cabinets or redoing the countertops—those are two really impactful things,” Dawson said.

Dawson noted that if a homeowner has money to invest into the interior of the home—replacing cabinets may be a good idea. He said homebuyers are often looking for newer cabinets when considering purchasing a home.

Paint interior walls: Brian, owner of his own business servicing Gilbert and Chandler residents called Handyman Brian, recommends homeowners paint their own interior walls to save some money and update their home. “Painting, people can do that themselves,” he said. “It’s simple and straightforward and would save a lot of money by [homeowners] doing it themselves. All you need is a handroller and a brush.”

Upgrade light switches and outlet coverings: Dawson said that updating light switches and outlet coverings can instantly improve the look of a room and is a cheap fix. If a homeowner has a larger budget, he recommends updating baseboards throughout the home as well.“New baseboards add something that you can’t put your finger on, but it instantly updates the home,” Dawson said.

Exterior of the home:

Invest in landscaping: Gregory Bodell, owner of Artistic Landscape Solution—a Chandler-based company specializing in landscape design, installation and maintenance, said he is seeing a lot of homeowners investing in landscaping.

“Everything from barbecues to pavers to fire pits and fireplaces add value to a yard and to a home,” Bodell said.

DIY: Bodell said that apart from big landscaping jobs, homeowners can spruce up their space by planting flowers and plants or even creating planter boxes.

Update exterior light fixtures: Dawson said that upgrading exterior light fixtures can make a home more welcoming—and offer a better first impression when homebuyers see the home for the first time. Fixtures do not have to be that expensive and can be purchased from any hardware store

Paint or update the front door: The most important asset to your home in making a first impression—especially when selling it—is the home’s front door, Dawson said.

“The front door is one of the most important things, and you don’t necessarily need to hire someone for it,” Dawson said. “You can paint it yourself. Having a nice front entryway is key to making people feel comfortable.”

DIY: Create coverings for pool equipment: Dawson said an easy way to protect sensitive pool equipment and outdoor air conditioning units is to make a covering to go around them. Dawson said when making a shelter for an air conditioning unit to make sure a homeowner leaves about two to three feet of space around it so that the unit can bring in air to cycle through the home.

DIY Tip: Dawson said that for pool owners, there is a paint for PVC pipes for pool equipment—easily found in an internet search—that a homeowner can spray on pool pipes to help them last longer.
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