How to Increase the Value of Your Home with Upgrades

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 that will improve your home’s interior and exterior.

Home improvement projects can include things like new paint, new flooring, and new appliances. However, some do-it-yourself projects deserve a closer look.

These projects are easy to complete, and the resulting home improvement will be of great value to your wallet and the satisfaction of your home.

Industrial Modern Design of an open floor concept with couch in living room and kitchen with island in the background

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.

Related: How Do You Know Your Decorating Style?

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.

Kitchen appliances are definitely the area of your kitchen that creates the most intrigue. You’ll use them often after all, especially if you host gatherings in your home.

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.

transitional style living room with open concept kitchen with kitchen island and white couch

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.

The bright yellow front door here meshes well with the blue exterior paint.

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!

7) Stairs

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.

8) Baseboards

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.

staircase with baseboards and built in console

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.

child's bedroom with green ceiling and three chandeliers

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.

front door with stylish framing and open windows

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.

view of three houses from above showing their roofs

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.

When you’ve finished all the home updates that you desire, you can decorate your home with houseplants. Or try some of these ideas to make your interior look nice with home decor.

Easy Home Updates FAQ

How can get started on improving my home?

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

What are easy home upgrades?

The easiest and most affordable would be painting, window framing, lighting, faucets, kitchen cabinet hardware.

What updates increase home value?

Flooring, baseboards, appliances and new roof can increase the value of your home.

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