Whether it’s the itch to break out the tools or the funk of winter, the 47th Annual Omaha Home and Garden Expo can be a guide in the direction for where to get started. Experts say the three areas that will most drastically improve a homes value are the kitchen, bathroom, and backyard.
A newer product for kitchen or bathroom cabinets is a magnetic safety lock. It allows users to lock the doors from the inside and hide the bulky plastic pieces; a magnetic key is used to open the door.
Local designer LaDonna Eriksen and carpenter Steve Nabity showed off newer kitchen drawers and cabinet upgrade options that open with just a push or pull of two fingers. It’s all thanks to the “Rev-A-Shelf” technology.
The 47th Annual Omaha Home and Garden Expo
Tickets: Adults - $8, Children 12 and Under: $4, Children Under 5: Free
New hinge technology helps doors become slam proof. A Servo-Drive system literally allows the user to open drawers with just a tap of the finger or foot. The upgrades can cost anywhere from $5 to several hundred dollars, according to Eriksen. The bottom line is installing or upgrading simply adds convenience and value at the same time.
"I always tell people it's not necessarily resell value, but it does increase the value of your kitchen. Making your kitchen more convenient, making your bathroom more convenient and nicer, it does sell your home more if you are looking to sell. If you are just upgrading, you are making your life easier,” Eriksen said.
In the backyard, installing or upgrading to a new deck can be a major investment that will pay off in the long term, according to Mike Jansen.
Jansen with Custom Cedar Decks says the cost will vary depending on the type of material used in the build. Typically, plastic-composite will cost 2/3 more than a Cedar Wood design. But while there is more of an upfront cost with the plastic-composite option, Jansen says it ends up being a better value over the life of the deck.
"People want to go out and entertain, opposed to working on their deck, they want to go out, wash off the deck and then sit down and have a party, as opposed to power washing in the spring and staining and then entertaining,” Jansen said.