Outdoor Home Upgrade Tips from Equifax

Upgraded outdoor spaces have bonus valueAre you looking to redecorate your home in Jacksonville? If so, don’t forget about the outside!

Upgrading your home’s exteriors/your outdoor space can make your home more enjoyable and attractive – especially during warmer months, when we can take full advantage of improvements. If you are looking to sell your home, upgrades to the outdoor space can make your home more attractive to buyers. Cost, and return on investment is of course a major consideration, so do your research, budget carefully and get a plan in place for your work. The real estate pros at the Equifax Finance blog just posted an article, “

Increase Your Home’s Value With These Five Outdoor Upgrades,” in which HGTV design expert Jessica Yonker was interviewed and quoted discussing the value that pools, fire pits, patios, outdoor kitchens, landscaping and new paint can add to your home.

Yonker suggests adding in a little extra cushioning into your budget for taxes, service, labor and materials. She also suggests homeowners take into consideration the length of time that they would be able to enjoy an outdoor project and budget accordingly.

Read the full article on the Equifax Finance blog, where you can also get loads of tips for real estate, taxes, retirement, insurance, credit,

identity protection and more.

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Affordable Projects Can Add Value to Your Jacksonville Home

About this time of year, when there’s little money left in the budget for shopping and it’s too cold to spend a lot of time outside, the walls of your Jacksonville home may start feeling like they’re closing in on you. So why not make those walls a different color? Or brighten them with new light fixtures? You may be able to cure your cabin fever and add value to your home at the same time.

Ilyce Glink, real estate expert on the

Equifax Personal Finance Blog, recently posted “

DIY Projects to Add Value to Your Home.” She says that in the current real estate market, it’s best to add value with minimal cost. That’s why do-it-yourself projects are the way to go.

Fortunately, Glink realizes that all of us aren’t handy with tools, so she also provides links to instructional videos for each of her suggestions.

Her ideas range from painting (including a link to a site that helps you choose colors), to installing new light fixtures and dimmer switches, to brightening your kitchen with a tile backsplash. Even a novice DIYer can accomplish these projects with the proper planning and appropriate tools.

Check out Glink’s suggestions at the

Equifax Personal Finance Blog, then report back here to let us know what project you will choose. Maybe you have something completely different in mind to update your home. Maybe new knobs for the bathroom cabinets? A kitchen faucet? Share your ideas here!