Whether you’re looking to sell your humble abode or just simply want to make some updates, sprucing up your home shouldn’t leave you eating ramen noodles for the next year. Save your bank account and your sanity by trying out these five easy home improvements that will not only satisfy your need for an updated space, but also will make that dollar value increase on your home.
Perhaps one of the best investments you can make in your home is the kitchen. Even dropping a small amount like $300 could give you a potential value increase of 3%. You just need to make sure you tackle the project smartly and efficiently.
For example, those three Benjamins can help you update the faucet Aunt Mildred bought in 1973, as well as the cabinet door pulls and handles. Depending on where you shop, you’ll most likely be able to change out your light fixtures as well. Drop a few more Benjamins, and you could give all your cabinets a makeover by either painting or even refinishing and refacing them. You’ll have a brand new kitchen that even Aunt Mildred would be proud of without touching your retirement fund.
First impressions are everything if you’re trying to sell your place of residence. You don’t want potential buyers to think they’ve pulled up to the Amityville house of horrors. A little bit of landscaping goes a long way – and you don’t have to be a blue-ribbon winning gardener either.
Invest in perennial plants and add a bit of mulch to give it a professional touch. The plants are low maintenance and come back year after year – meaning a minimal cost with long-term benefits. Trim up your trees and bushes, and add pops of color with vibrant flowers in stylish planters to make a statement and give you the opportunity to change things up during the year. It’s really very simple, and none of these additions will cost you too much. You’ll be able to pat yourself on the back with your green thumb (even if it’s not 100% true).
You know how vital your nightly skincare routine is, why should that be any different for the appliances you use every day? Maybe they don’t even match or are a bit outdated. Don’t worry. You don’t necessarily need to shell out the dough to buy new ones. Just give them a facelift – and in some cases literally.
Did you know that many dishwasher panels are two-toned? One side is white and the other is black. If you want your white dishwasher to match the rest of your appliances, give it a try. Grab that screwdriver and see what behind door number one. If that doesn’t work out, a great and inexpensive way to update and make those appliances more uniform is stainless steel contact paper – easy to find and use.
That’s right. You heard me. Create a space where there once was none, and you don’t actually have to be Houdini to accomplish it. It can be as simple as removing a not-so-loved kitchen island or knocking out a non-structural wall. This may require some homework, so be smart and do it before you randomly grab the sledgehammer and take out your frustration on then nearest wall.
Buyers love open concept and flowing spaces – you’ve seen it over and over again when you binge watch HGTV (and let’s be honest, now even your dog loves shiplap). Thanks Chip and Joanna. But in all honesty, this kind of home improvement is probably only going to set you back a few hundred dollars, and will have a huge impact on the overall space in your house. It’s totally worth the time and effort you’ll have to put in to do it properly.
Perhaps the second most important space to update besides the kitchen is the bathroom. Now a full out remodel is going to cost you – you might even have to throw in the kitchen sink. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t smaller less expensive updates that will give your bathroom a fresh new look and ready for the buyers’ market.
New faucets, towel rods and drawer pulls are easy cosmetic fixes that won’t take much time or money to accomplish. A fresh coat of paint on the walls, trim and/or bathroom cabinets can also completely change the look of your space. If you want to make more major improvements, you can consider all-in-one prefabricated showers (much cheaper than news tiles and grout), or even try your hand at vinyl flooring install. The extent of the update is completely up to you and your pocketbook (and maybe your motivation level).
Getting that added value to your home – either for selling or personal enjoyment – doesn’t have to be a huge project that leaves you with massive bills and headaches. All you need is a little bit of creativity (some patience) and the right tips to get you started on some easy home improvements.