In Part 1 of our Home Improvement series, we covered 4 steps to help you choose your home improvement projects. Not all updates and upgrades to a home are equal. Next we’ll explore which inexpensive home improvement projects get you the most bang for your buck.
Our homes are usually the largest investment that we make. It’s where the kids grow up and where we grow old. Making our house a home is important to us. If you are ready to upgrade and update your home, it’s wise to figure out where your hard earned dollars make the most impact.
1. Update Your Paint
Painting will give you a big return on your money, especially if you can do a lot of the painting yourself. If you are thinking about repainting, consider painting baseboards and old doors as well.
PS: By all means, remove wallpaper borders if you still have them.
2. Popcorn ceilings
These seem to be a pet peeve of buyers. It’s usually the first thing potential buyers notice when they enter a home.
Wallpaper is hard to do well. If yours is more than 5 years old, it might be time to consider tearing it down and painting for a fresh look. It’s rare for buyers to like any wallpaper.
4. Wall paneling
Consider painting over it or removing it all together.
Think about purchasing new, updated pieces of furniture. Then rearrange your home setting to get a new perspective of your home’s layout. If you need help with this, we’d be happy to put you in contact with a great home staging service.
Changing your landscaping can make a huge difference! You might not count it as your standard home improvement project, but it will improve the value of your outdoor living. Have you considered adding an outdoor kitchen? A fire pit? There are many opportunities to add value and enjoyment.
Here are a few more suggestions to update your home inexpensively:
- Upgrading to granite countertops is expensive, so make sure that most homes in your neighborhood offer this and received a top sales price if they sold recently. This will help you determine if this is a good investment.
- Painting cabinets (done right) can make an impact in updating a kitchen.
- Adding hardware to cabinets, especially in combination with cabinet painting, adds to the overall impression.
- Don’t have stainless steel appliances? Hit the resale sites to see if you can get your hands on some used ones.
- Freshen up the wood in your home. If your home does not have white trim accents or doors but real wood, freshen it up! Use a gel stain to wipe down all those beautiful wood features and remove color stains, dents, and scratches. You’ll be surprised at just how amazing it looks.
- Update light fixtures (especially ugly neon lights).
- Update faucets in kitchen and bathrooms.
- Research Pinterest for quick DIY home projects that will make a big impact.
- Make small updates to your backsplashes: use small tile accents to add interest and give an updated impression to your home. Experiment with the new stick and peel vinyls on your backsplash.