If you would like to update your house, you don’t have to go all out and spend thousands of dollars. Even small improvements can go a long way toward improving the look of your home for your family, or for potential buyers if you are thinking about putting your place on the market. Here are five ideas to upgrade your home simply without breaking the bank:
1. Replace Appliances
In your kitchen, the dishwasher, toaster, microwave and oven may have been there a while. Consider replacing them with more modern versions that match. When you upgrade your home with a more modern kitchen, you instantly increase the value of your investment. A cohesive-looking kitchen will 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 can elevate a sale price and be attractive to buyers.
2. Boost Your Bathroom
The bathroom is a good place to make some changes without spending much money. Make sure to re-grout your tub and shower so it doesn’t look worn, and consider replacing any cracked tiles. If you don’t have the cash to remodel the entire bathroom, simple changes like replacing the toilet seat and sink cabinet doors will have an impact, and they are easy to install on your own. If you have the finances to upgrade the bathrooms, consider replacing the floors with new tiles and replacing the sink cabinets and mirrors with something new.
3. Enhance Lighting
Light fixtures can bring down a room if they are dated or jazz up a room if they are eye-catching and modern. If you’re on a budget, you can update 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 require less energy and last longer. For bigger budgets, replace recessed lights in your dining and living rooms with more interesting fixtures. Many home stores offer a variety of inexpensive but attractive selections.
4. Modernize Your Kitchen
The kitchen is often a focal point in a home, so it should both look good and function well. For a few hundred dollars, you can make some critical replacements that will improve the space. Replace your kitchen faucet with a newer model, add new door handles to your cabinet and update lighting fixtures with brighter, more energy-efficient items. If you have additional funds, consider re-facing your cabinets or replacing them entirely. You can install new cabinet doors and door fronts yourself to save money, or hire someone to help. Potential buyers like to see lots of countertop space in a kitchen as well, so consider increasing the surface area (sometimes simply decluttering can help) or constructing an island. If you’re completing these projects as a way to up your curb appeal, read “How to Prep Your Home for Sale This Spring” for more ideas.
5. Make a New Bedroom
An extra bedroom instantly boosts your home’s value, and you don’t have to add on an entirely new room when you want to upgrade your home. 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 a three-bedroom house to a four-bedroom house (check with your local assessor’s office for what qualifies as a bedroom in your area). You can add a closet to your home in a few different ways — buy a freestanding wardrobe, 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 $1,500. Find out more about building a closet and the costs in 2017.
Consult With a Pro
In an hour or less you can get a lot of ideas for needed improvements from an expert. Consider inviting a Realtor or interior designer to give you advice. Realtors will often do this as a courtesy, but designers may charge a consultation fee. Before committing to a consultation, price check designers in your area.