SOURCE: The Money Pit Home Improvement Radio Show

April 23, 2008 21:01 ET

The Best Home Improvement Investments This Spring

Smart Projects That Help Sell Your Home and Add Value in an Unpredictable Market

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - April 23, 2008) - There's no question it's a buyer's market right now, but can homeowners really do anything to make their properties stand out and sell for top dollar? Absolutely, says Tom Kraeutler, home improvement expert and syndicated radio show host of The Money Pit. "Low-cost projects that enhance a home's curb appeal, improve safety, add style and save water and energy are all worthwhile investments this spring."

Kraeutler and co-host Leslie Segrete recommend the following to homeowners planning improvements in an unpredictable market.

Accent painting projects made easy: "Painting your abode's exterior protects it and adds to passerby appeal, but smaller painting projects deliver the accents that show a home is well cared for," says Segrete. They're also affordable, fun to do, and quite a bit easier if you tackle them with Krylon paints featuring the EZ Touch 360° Dial Spray Tip. The tip's dial rotates a full 360 degrees so you can adjust the spray direction for the best possible application, and the trigger button requires 48 percent less "push" for a more ergonomic and less fatiguing painting experience. Find out more and see a demo at

Greening up your home's curb appeal: Move from the painting projects to your lawn and garden, and you're standing in the major territory for curb appeal. "Curb appeal is vital to getting a great price for your home -- in fact, a recent survey has shown that lush, well-maintained landscaping can add as much as $20,000 to its value," notes Kraeutler. The lawn is a great place to start, and taking an earth-friendly approach to maintenance is even better. Sta-Green ( now offers a line of Phosphorus-Free Weed and Feed Fertilizers that helps you accomplish this throughout the coming seasons, without the risk that excess running off the lawn having a negative effect on local water quality. Look for them this season at Lowe's (

Build in backup power for safety and convenience: Weather- and demand-driven power outages are an unfortunately frequent part of the homescape these days, and the dangers that come with them can threaten the safety of both a home and its inhabitants. "Installing a standby generator can give you major peace of mind now as well as a leg up when it's time to sell, and for a minimal investment, you'll also be able to tell any prospective home buyer that they'll never, ever have to worry about power failures on the property," says Kraeutler. The smart technology in Generac's collection of air-cooled, automatic standby generators makes them affordable as well as easy to depend upon, and since they operate on natural gas or liquid propane vapor, you'll have none of the fuel storage, spillage, spoilage or odor concerns you would with gasoline and diesel models. For more product details, visit or call 888-GENERAC.

Bathroom upgrades with water-saving style: "A bathroom update can offer great returns at selling time, and you don't have to make a really major renovation investment to experience such rewards," says Segrete. "Just concentrate on water-wise fixture upgrades that provide a current, design-flexible look to save now and get paid later." The WaterSense seal is the thing to watch for when you're shopping faucets, and Moen's ( Muirfield collection sports the seal as well as an upscale design profile. You can find Muirfield faucets at Lowe's in Chrome, Classic Brushed Nickel and Old World Bronze.

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