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During uncertain economic times, the phrase "If it's not broken, don't fix it" is certainly appropriate in many cases. However, to be completely accurate, you may want to add something to the effect of let’s fix it before it gets worse.  If it's working fine, but it's costing you plenty to operate, get a better one, this might be another good phrase to live by. Basically, a remodeling project runs the risk of being more trouble than expected, but, in a nutshell, hard times call for projects that will not only make your property look better, but will help it function more efficiently for years to come!  That’s why SouthStar Remodeling's experience will help with your expectations during the remodel.

Upgrade Siding
When your siding has seen better days, upgrading it just might be one of the best investments you can make for your home.  Remember, many people judge a book by it’s cover, and since the outside of the house is the first thing visible to visitors.   Also the siding functions as a shield for the materials it covers, the better siding you have, the longer those materials are likely to last.

New Flooring
Few things can make a room shine like good flooring. Fortunately, flooring upgrades are also an excellent investment in just about any home. One of the nice things about changing a floor with a more durable material is that you can really get your money's worth.

Inspections
While not technically a "renovation," an inspection is a sound enough investment in questionable economic times that we had to include it in this list. The beauty of an inspection lies not in what it does for your property, but what it prevents. Inspections are available for many of your home's systems (roofing, foundation, waterproofing, etc.), and can either identify small problems before they become large, or give you peace of mind that your home is in good shape!

Bathroom Enhancements
Though often one of the smallest rooms in the house, your bathroom can have a dramatic impact on your day-to-day life. Bathrooms also pack quite a punch when it comes time to put your property on the market, and remodeling your bathroom can mean the difference between a home that's sold quickly and one that stays on the market for years.

Small Kitchen Remodels
In much the same way as bringing a bathroom up to par is almost always a good investment, minor kitchen improvements are generally a safe bet. Unfortunately, going overboard during a kitchen remodel is common, and many folks end up spending way more than they planned before the job is finished. To keep your investment budget-friendly, focus on the things that really need attention, and leave the elements of the room that are functioning just fine alone and focus on the portion of the room that needs your attention.