In a recent blog-off, eLocal.com asked building and design experts what renovation projects have the best resale value. I’m not selling my house any time soon, but I gleaned a lot from their comments about how to make my home a nicer place to live—on my limited budget. The experts agreed that the following steps—all relatively simple and doable for less than $2,000—can make all the difference.
1. Remove clutter and clean up.
By removing clutter and organizing your home, you can make it look instantly larger, and cleaning can turn a space from dingy to new. Clean grout, scour the stove and bathtub, and remove carpet or flooring stains.
Color can completely transform a space. For just a few hundred dollars, you can change the tone and feel of a room. Besides being one of the most easy and affordable renovations to accomplish, it is also one of the easiest to change later on.
3. Cover lighting and windows.
Bare windows can appear uninviting, while a lack of lighting covers can make a space seem unfinished. Make sure to cover bulbs (especially in recessed lighting fixtures) and add switch plates. Similarly, adding complementary window covers can make a space seem homey and cozy.
4. Upgrade hardware and fixtures.
Hardware is one of those little fixes that can have a big impact. Hardware upgrades to consider include kitchen and bath cabinets, towel racks and door knobs. Fixtures can also have a big impact. By simply replacing a few lighting and plumbing fixtures, you can instantly make a room look modern.
5. Pressure wash walkways and siding.
You can significantly improve your home’s curb appeal by cleaning the outside of it as well. Renting a power washer can make walkways, driveways, patios, and siding look years newer than they are. Unless there is structural damage, consider power washing these problems areas before replacing because often a heavy-duty cleaning is all you need.
Updating hardware is a simple and relatively inexpensive way to spruce up your home.