As I have mentioned before, when me and my husband bought this house our intention was to do a little "pick me ups" inside and out and sell the thing for a profit. This was going to be our Starter Home, and that was it.
The economy took a turn, housing dropped, and it seems we may be in this house longer than expected. The good thing is that with every DIY project and remodel I do, this "starter home" of mine is becoming MINE. I am loving it more and more! It is feeling more like my home, rather than a project. The bad news is how much is too much renovation when it comes to a starter home?
You got to be careful to look at your neighborhood and the comparables in the area (k, I am NOT a realtor, just pretending right now) and decide to renovate where it counts and where you will get the most return in the end. We certainly don't want to price ourselves out of the neighborhood and lose the money we put into it (haha, like our home is just amazing right?)
However, if you have a way of making a room look like a million bucks in a way cheap way, go for it!!!
So, next is our Kitchen. I am waiting on a little money flow that hopefully comes in March. But I may just get the urge to kick start it some weekend and paint my cabinets white. The kitchen excites me because I KNOW that is the #1 place we should invest in our home and get the biggest return! I am planning on our whole kitchen makeover to be UNDER $2000, but look like a $50k kitchen! can't wait :)
There are so many other things I would love to do- crown molding, new floor, light fixtures, new mirrors and fixtures in bathrooms etc etc etc.... but most likely will leave those things for later.
In the end, through all my little DIY projects I have realized that if it makes my home feel more like home, makes me happy, and fits in the budget it is all good in the end!