Trying to update a home can be intimidating. You flip through a catalog and see so many beautiful designs that you would love for your home, however, they all blow your budget. It is okay to look through those designer catalogs. Find what you like then go to an affordable store and find something that looks similar. Updating your home brightens it up your space and mood and increases the value. Here is a list of updates to make without blowing the budget.
Adding a fresh coat of paint to both the interior and exterior of your home goes a long way. It freshens up your home giving it a cleaner and brighter feel. Paint your base boards and trim and neutral color such as white. Add some color to your home by having a feature wall. Paint your feature wall a distinct color from the rest of the house.
If your cabinets are in good condition, you can repaint the doors. It is an affordable way to brighten up your kitchen. If the doors are in disrepair, consider buying new doors. Either way it saves you money from buying a whole new cabinet set.
This is cheap fix that can add some character to the inside of your home. Replace all the kitchen cabinet handles along with all the door handles in your home with new ones. Choosing new kitchen cabinet handles can add some character to your freshly painted doors.
Especially in homes with plenty of windows, curtains and blinds are very noticeable. Choose window treatments with a bit of color and/ or patterns, to change up the feel of the home. In rooms, with full sun, consider getting thicker curtains, so that on those hot days you can keep the room cooler.
Replacing fixtures such as faucets and light fixtures, increases energy efficiency and changes the feel to your rooms. Faucets that leak should be immediately fixed or replaced, as letting them leak can increase your water bill. Newer light fixtures tend to be a bit more energy efficient, thus decreasing your electric bill.
Detail cleaning brightens up your home’s environment and improves the overall look. The buildup of dirt and dust can quickly age the look of your home and wear things out. Also, the accumulation of mold such as in the bathroom or kitchen quickly leaves stains and can cause damage, leading to costly repairs. So, clean those spots regularly to avoid any problems. Keeping a clean house also fosters a healthier environment. Next time an unexpected visitor shows up, you won’t be embarrassed about the condition of your home!
Replacing all the outlet plates in your home is a cheap and easy fix. Most outlet plates are plastic so are prone to get yellow after a number of years. Maybe even use outlets plats that are colored.
Depending on the age of your appliances, you may want to buy new ones such as a new dishwasher or refrigerator. Although these appliances can cost some money, they change the feel of your kitchen making it more updated. It will go well with your freshly painted cabinet doors.
Depending on the type of flooring you have, this can be a bit pricy, however may be a necessary move especially in high traffic areas. There are many affordable and durable options, such as laminate. If you do not want to replace the entire flooring, choose the high traffic areas that are showing much wear and tear, such as the entrance of your home.
Depending on the age and condition of your driveway, you may be able to do a power wash to clean it up. However, if it is in bad condition, consider redoing the driveway. The best route would be to pave the driveway, as this adds more character and increases your home’s value. Planting flowers and shrubbery is also a character adder. Remove any dead shrubbery and weeds.
Refreshing your home does not require an entire renovation. Instead, focus on the noticeable features. Detail cleaning and changing the colors of your home goes a long way.