Whether you are ready to sell your home or you just want to revitalize it for yourself, there are many ways to upgrade your place without emptying your wallet. Even small improvements can go a long way toward improving the look of your home for your family or for potential buyers. Here are 5 ideas to consider:
Kick Your Kitchen Up a Notch
The kitchen is the heart of the home and it’s a big attraction for potential buyers. You want your kitchen to look modern and new. For a few hundred dollars, you can make some critical replacements that will help to highlight it. Replace your kitchen faucet with a newer model, update lighting fixtures with brighter, more energy-efficient items and add new door handles to your cabinets. If you have additional funds, consider re-facing your cabinets or replacing them entirely. If you’re handy, you can install new cabinet doors and door fronts yourself to save money. Potential buyers also like to see lots of countertop space in a kitchen. Consider increasing the surface area or constructing an island.
Upgrade Your Appliances
If you’ve had the same appliances for years, it might be a good time to get more modern versions that match. In your kitchen, the dishwasher, toaster, microwave and oven are typical appliances people don’t replace for years. Newer models with additional functions will instantly increase the value of your home, so consider making the upgrades. A cohesive-looking kitchen will also make a big difference to a buyer. Outside the kitchen you may want to look at other important appliances like your washer and dryer, or water heater. Upgrading these items will elevate the sale price of your home.
Bolster Your Bathrooms
Your bathrooms are also very important rooms to update and they can be improved without spending much money. If you don’t have the cash to remodel the entire bathroom, simple changes like replacing the toilet seat or sink cabinet doors will make an impact. These upgrades are also easy to install, on your own. Make sure to re-grout your tub and shower so it doesn’t look worn, and consider replacing any cracked tiles. If you really want to make your bathrooms shine, consider replacing the floors with new tiles and replacing the sink cabinets and mirrors with something new.
Turn Up the Lights
Light fixtures are aesthetic pieces that can bring down a room if they are dated, but they can also jazz up a room if they are eye-catching and modern. If you have recessed lights in your dining and living rooms, consider replacing them with more interesting fixtures. Many home stores offer a variety of inexpensive, but handsome selections, and switching out a sconce is easy and relatively inexpensive. If you’re on a budget, you can do a simpler update to existing fixtures by painting them or adding a dimmer switch. Consider replacing your bulbs with energy efficient LEDs or CFLs. They are more expensive but they require less energy and last longer.
Add a Bedroom
If you have a 3-bedroom house, you can add a lot of value to your home by adding an extra bedroom. You don’t have to add on an entirely new room. To make a bedroom you just have to add a bed and a closet to an office or a den, and you’ll instantly transform your 3-bedroom house to a 4-bedroom house. You can add a closet to your home in a few different ways – you can buy a freestanding wardrobe, you can build in a wardrobe, or create a new closet if there is space beyond the wall. The freestanding closet is the easiest and least expensive method, but putting in a custom closet costs an average of $1500. Find out more about building a closet and the costs in 2017.
Spend an Hour with a Professional
Not sure how to best improve your home on a budget? Consider inviting a realtor or interior designer to give you advice. In an hour or less you can get a lot of ideas for needed improvements from an expert. Realtors will often do this as a courtesy, but designers may charge a consultation fee. Price check designers in your area before committing to a consultation.