There's really no limit when it comes to all the things you can do to improve your home. But as you can imagine, some home improvement ideas are better than others and more financially smart.

Here are a few home improvement projects that make sense financially and will offer great financial return when you sell you home.

Crown Molding

Crown molding is a great way of adding depth to any room. It's both elegant and relatively affordable. There are hundreds of options to chose from. You can stain it, paint it, or just use it strait.

Modern molding also can be found in flexible materials such as foam, making it even easier to install. And if you really want a great effect, you can get molding with built in lighting that casts a soft glow.

If you know how to do it yourself, this will cost about $1.50 per foot. But make sure you already know how to install molding. You can hire a pro for about $8 per foot if you don't have the experience.


A couple of tips about molding:

  • Proportions are important. If your ceiling is lower than 9 ft, then go with a simpler style so you don;t overwhelm the room.

  • Don’t forget entryways, doors, and windows: Bump up the trim around these areas to give rooms a completed and expensive feel.

Hang Quality Ceiling Fans

How old are your ceiling fans? If you can't remember, that means you should thing about modern fans. This is also a great way to update a room and not spend a ton of money.

Some tips about ceiling fans:

  • Hang 7 to 8 feet above the floor.

  • If you’ve got a low ceiling, buy a hugger ceiling fan that’s flush-mounted.

  • Go for the biggest Energy Star-rated fan that will fit the space.

  • Choose quality. You’ll get better cooling results, less noise, and good looks at a digestible price point of $200 to $600.

Upgrade Your Insulation

You can't see this improvement, but you will probably feel it. And your wallet will be a little more full as well.

Add Some Creative Storage

Storage is always a good thing. If you think you've found all the places you can in your home for storage, then try to be creative to find your home's hidden storage possibilities.

Here are a few ways to think outside of the toy box:

  • Open drywall to create storage cubbies between your wall’s studs.

  • Install platform storage that hangs from your garage ceiling.

  • Even stairs can give you more storage. One clever mom repurposed an old chest of drawers and created storage within a basement staircase.

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