Increasing your home’s value can be overwhelming but a few simple upgrades can go a long way. If you’re looking for home improvement ideas, here is a list of easy home updates you can do that will improve the interior and exterior of your home.
Home improvement projects can include things like new paint, new flooring, and new appliances. However, there are some do-it-yourself projects that deserve a closer look. These projects are easy to complete, and the resulting home improvement will be of great value to your wallet and satisfaction of your home.
You can sum up my experience as a real estate agent in two ways: I help my clients decide what the best items are to select for their new home, or I help them make selections to remodel their homes before they go on the market for sale. I have over a decade of experience in helping my clients maximize their profits.
Giving your home an update is easier than you think. With a little research and advice from me, you can create a well-designed home for yourself that’s stylish and comfy.
Cost-Effective Ways to Upgrade Your Kitchen
These are in no particular order. These are a few ideas that can help you decide on what updates you should prioritize first.
1) Kitchen Hardware
Changing the way your kitchen looks is easy. You can change the hardware on your cabinets, drawers, and doors to make your kitchen look modern. Hardware like drawer pulls, cabinet knobs and cabinet hinges make a difference in how your kitchen looks.
2) Kitchen Appliances
Updating an entire kitchen can be expensive. But there are some workarounds to make it much more affordable.
Appliances are definitely the area of your kitchen that creates the most intrigue. You’ll use them often afterall, especially if you host gatherings in your home. Look at some of these stylish appliances you can buy, courtesy of HGTV.
If you invest in energy-efficient appliances, you can save money in the long run.
3) Install Hardwood Flooring
New flooring instantly updates a space. In Florida, the easiest and most durable flooring options are engineered woods and Ceramic or Porcelain tile.
But remember, whatever flooring you decide, please add 5 1/4 baseboards. This creates a frame for your floor and gives it a finished look that pops!
4) Fresh Coat of Paint
A fresh coat of paint will become your best friend. It makes everything looks new and clean!
Kitchen cabinets can be painted to give a more modern look and instantly gives a wow factor. The same goes for walls that may have a dated color or tons of wear and tear.
Note: Stick with neutral colors because it’s easier for potential buyers to visual each room with their own furniture.
Let’s talk paint options: gray, off white, or black (accent wall color). Any of these colors can make a space look fresh and clean, and they will also match a variety of furniture.
5) New Front Door
If replacing doors is not in your budget, sand and paint the ones you have. A fresh coat of pain can do wonders, especially for a front door.
6) New Garage Door
If your garage door is looking rough, buying a new one will make a huge difference. A new garage door will create curb appeal and make the home look fresh!
This can be as simple as placing a new runner down the middle to bring life to some old stairs or it could be as easy as applying wood and painting them.
Related: You can find some inspiration for stair upgrades here on my Pinterest page!
Updating the railing is another option that will make you say WOW. You can mix it up with modern, traditional or whatever you like.
My favorite is white wood spindles because it is more cost effective and still opens up a space.
If your flooring is good to go and you need a little bling, my next suggestion is baseboards. My favorite is 5 1/4 for higher ceilings you can go higher. There are a few options for you.
Check out these instructions on how to install baseboards.
9) Remove Popcorn Ceiling
Nothing screams dated when you see popcorn ceiling. This something you can do yourself (here are the instructions). You could also call a locate company to take care of it for you like this one in Orlando, Florida.
Once you remove the popcorn ceiling, you can paint it with an accent color!
10) Window Framing
Your window is like adding an accessory to your home just like you would with an outfit. Most homes just come bare as far as windows are concerned.
Try adding the framing around the full window or at least the top and the bottom of your window sill.
11) Faucets and Shower Heads
Another easy and affordable fix for you. Best part? You can order these items online and have them delivered to you.
If you prefer to shop in person a quick trip to your local hardware store for multiple options.
12) Lighting Fixtures
A home can look dated if it does not have lighting that enhances the design or allows dark areas. Great lighting can change the mood of a room.
For those that may have a more adventurous side, I would advise to find unique lighting or select something that supports your design style: farmhouse, modern, contemporary to name a few.
13) New Roof
In Florida the sunshine and rainy weather wear down the life of a roof. A new roof provides instant value to the new home owner.
Hopefully, this list will help you transform your home or potential home. Infuse personality, comfort and profits. If you’d also like tips on home decor, you can check out this guide on how to make your home look nice inside.
Easy Home Updates FAQ
I created a list of the top items that can transform your home on a budget. Short list would include: popcorning ceiling removal, Updating appliances, flooring upgrades, painting
The easiest and most affordable would be painting, window framing, lighting, faucets, kitchen cabinet hardware.
Flooring, baseboards, appliances and new roof can increase the value of your home.
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