5 WAYS TO INCREASE YOUR PROPERTY VALUE WITH TILE

There’s no denying it: When you complete home improvement projects, your property value is sure to increase. And whether you’re upgrading your floors, walls, backsplash, or outdoor space, choosing tile is a no-brainer. Tile lasts for a long time, is easy to clean, and is extremely versatile. It also comes in an array of shapes and sizes, a wide range of colors and tones, and different glazes to give off natural or glossy effects. Whether it’s installed in a simple pattern or a more elaborate design, here are five ways you can incorporate tile into your home to increase your property value.

1. Prepare to Be Floored
One surefire way to see your property value rise is by installing new tile floors. Tile is appealing to many people because it is long-lasting and attractive. If you go with a neutral earth tone and a grout that blends in, you’ll have beautiful floors that will complement any style architecture and decor. Light-colored tile can open up a room and make it feel more spacious, and darker, earthier tile can give a room a cozy feel. If you prefer the rustic look of wood, opt for a tile that mimics hardwood. This will give your space the warm appearance of wood but have the long life cycle and easy maintenance of tile.

2. Add a Backsplash
Another easy way to add a quick wow factor is to grace your kitchen or bathroom with a tile backsplash. Taking your boring, flat wall and infusing it with tile will give the room a new, textured look. A backsplash is often the finishing touch that a kitchen or bathroom needs.

You can opt for unique, accent colors that will give your kitchen an extra pop, or you can choose more subdued tile that blends in with the walls and countertops but gives depth to the room.

3. Take It Up the Wall
If you want to add tile to your bathroom, don’t just focus on the floors. Tiling your shower walls or half way up the wall will give your bathroom a luxurious spa feel. Accent tiles along the border can also add an extra design element or become a key focal point of the room.

4. Make a Grand Entrance
First impressions are everything, and a foyer that conveys a sense of style and quality can impact your home value. That’s why it’s important that your foyer or entry way symbolizes what your home is all about. One way to generate instantaneous appeal is with a tile design in the entryway, such as a large mosaic medallion.

5. Take Tile Outside
Today’s living space isn’t confined to the indoors. Most of us love spending time out in the backyard when the weather permits. While you may have already invested in an elaborate grill or entertaining area, consider adding beautiful tile to your patio or pool deck. Your backyard is an extension of your living space, and a tiled outdoor area will not only appeal to potential buyers, but can increase the value of your home. Once again, versatility comes into play. You can choose hues and patterns that complement your outdoor surroundings and foliage.

 

Is Your Home Ready for Fall?

It is almost that time to start doing things around the home to be ready for the cooler months. We all know there is nothing worse than stepping on cold tile with bare feet in the winter! But, good news, you can weatherize your home to keep the cool air out. Along with that, you can do things to your lawn to keep it healthy in winter. Get all the tips and pointers for weatherizing in this article.

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Danny Lipford installs Roxul stone wool insulation in an attic.

Maintaining your home’s interior and exterior can be overwhelming. But, like most jobs, it’s more manageable when broken down into smaller tasks. That’s why we created the 4 Seasons of Home Ownership, dividing seasonal chores into must-do tasks, ones to take on as time and budget allow, as well as a few extras if you’re feeling ambitious.

The fall checklist focuses on preparing your home for cooler weather by weatherizing it inside and out, freshening the interior, and doing some yard maintenance chores to ensure a healthy lawn and garden come spring.

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Doors and windows are common places for drafts to enter your home.

Weatherize Your Home

Weatherizing your home means investing a few hundred dollars in the short term, but that small investment can translate into significant energy savings in the long run.

One of the first steps of weatherization is “sealing the envelope” of your home. Exterior cracks allow outside air and moisture in, leading to high energy bills and problems with mold and mildew. Watch Sealing Outside Cracks on Your Home for details.

During the cold winter months, windows, doors and even electrical sockets can become sources of drafts in your home. Duck Brand has a line of weatherization products, from weatherstripping and socket sealers to roll-on window insulation film, that are inexpensive and easy to install. Watch How to Replace Worn Weatherstripping Around Doors for more info.

If your home’s insulation is inadequate, fall is the ideal time to add insulation to your attic, when the temperature is much more bearable. Roxul stone wool insulation is easy for homeowners to cut and install themselves. Stone wool is naturally sound absorbent, water and fire resistant without the use of hazardous flame-retardants, which makes it an environmentally friendly choice for home insulation.

Storm doors and windows provide an added layer of insulation, while still allowing the fresh air in when the weather is nice. Check out How to Add a Storm Door to Your Home to watch our how-to video.

Freshen the Interior

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Using FrogTape ensures your paint lines are clean and crisp.

The fall season brings lots of opportunities for entertaining, from football games to the start of holiday gatherings. An easy and inexpensive way to freshen your home’s interior is with a little paint.

Your home’s trim can take a lot of abuse, and recoating all of it at once can be a daunting task. Try tackling one or two rooms a season, starting with the areas that show the most wear and tear. You can take the same approach to repainting your home’s walls. Choose one or two rooms to touch up each season, or give the space a completely new look with fresh colors. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different painting techniques, such as creating a striking accent wall with geometric patterns.

It’s possible for homeowners to achieve professional results if they have the right tools. FrogTape makes your painting chores go much more smoothly by preventing the paint from bleeding under the tape, so you don’t have to waste time touching up mistakes. FrogTape makes painter’s tape for all types of surfaces, even delicate surfaces that require tape with light adhesion, so your paint lines are always crisp and clean.

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Try creating a bold accent wall using FrogTape.

Lawn and Garden

Maintaining your lawn is a year-round chore, but some items should definitely be on your fall to-do list. Start by raking the leaves, trimming hedges and shrubs, and removing any dead plants from gardens. Check the trees on your property for any limbs that are growing over the house or interfering with power lines. It’s important to trim limbs carefully and correctly, as improper cutting can damage the tree and impede the healing process.

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Sharpen your garden tools before storing them.

Before storing them away for the season, clean and lubricate all garden tools. Take time to do some lawnmower maintenance, including draining the gas, replacing or cleaning the spark plug and air filter, and sharpening the blade. Finally, if you have a home irrigation system, drain any leftover water so it won’t freeze in the pipes during the winter months.

Source: https://www.todayshomeowner.com/tackling-fall-maintenance-weatherization-chores/?