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Dodge Debt When Remodeling

September 25, 2012

Avoid Debt by Taking on Remodeling ProjectsIf you have been putting off doing a kitchen remodel because you fear going into

debt paying the average $26,000 remodeling cost, you will be amazed at the many ways you can transform your kitchen without spending tons. The Equifax Finance Blog explores options for making your kitchen feel like new again – on the cheap – in the new article, “

DIY Home Repair and Kitchen Remodeling on a Budget.”

Go for small things that can make a big difference. These tricks require a minimum of skill, but a little design sense. If you’re lacking the eye for interiors, there are lots of other tips in the full article you can use, but consider starting with:

  • Change your paint – if you have an old or unappealing paint color on your walls, or still have wallpaper, it’s easy and cost-effective to remove the wallpaper (if necessary) and repaint. Changing the color of the walls will make a huge difference, whether you just want to revitalize or if you are selling your home. If you are staying put, you can go wild with colors as the kitchen is the heart of the home and its added activity level means you can go with active colors much more freely there. If you are looking to sell, you may want to stay more conservative – if you pick too bold of a color, it could turn some buyers away.
  • Swap out the faucet – changing out the faucet in your sink isn’t too tough of a job and can make a big difference if your current faucet is dated. It can also be a big boost for efficiency if your current faucet doesn’t have an extension option or a sprayer.
  • Replace cabinet and drawer pulls – give your cabinets a facelift with new paint, but leaving your dated brass or gold hardware will make your job look half finished. Find a wealth of modern handle options at your local hardware store, but make sure you multiply the price per handle out to the total number you will need replaced throughout the kitchen or you will be paying more than you expect.

There are more great money-saving

real estate revitalization tips on the Equifax Finance Blog, along with other personal finance advice on everything from budgeting to retirement.

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Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.

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