10 Tips on Renovating Your Home Without Breaking The Bank
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|Renovating your home will increase its value and make it a nicer place for you to live. But many people don’t have the money to spend on expensive housing upgrades. Here is a few budget-friendly projects to add beauty, value and selling appeal to your home.
1.Give your kitchen a facelift
If the kitchen countertop is outdated, consider using a Laminate countertop. They are inexpensive and come in all types of colours and patterns, some of which resemble much more expensive solid surface materials, such as stone or tile.
2. Liven up the bathroom
If your bathroom requires any plumbing or electrical fixing, get a professional to do it.
3. Add a fresh coat of paint
Paint with a neutral colour such as beige. It will make the house seem larger, and it will be inoffensive to buyers. And don’t forget the ceiling. Paint the trim a contrasting colour.
4. Add wood trim and cornicing
To make an even bolder statement, paint the walls a neutral, flat colour and paint the trim a high gloss white.
5. Consider your flooring options
If not, you can shampoo or steam clean your carpets, or use a dry cleaning system, which requires no water or steamer, and dries instantly while killing virtually all mold and bacteria. Apply according to the manufacturer?s instructions, and then vacuum. If all else fails, get a professional to do the carpets for you. You’d be surprised how much better your carpet will look after a good cleaning.
6. Enhance the lighting
Use indirect lighting focused away from television and computer screens to reduce eyestrain.
7. Install modern light switches and outlets
8. Create more storage
Many old houses lack closet space. If you have cramped storage areas, add do-it-yourself wire and laminate closet systems to bedrooms.
Make your closets serve a variety of purposes. Try adding a shelving unit to a clothes closet where you can store pantry goods and other items.
9. Reframe your front entry
Refinish the front door with a new coat of paint. Replace that worn, flimsy little knob on your main entry door with a more substantial-looking handle-and-lock set. A nice, big piece of hardware signals newcomers that this is a solid home.
While you are preparing the door for the finish coat, be sure to check the weather stripping for damage. With soaring energy costs, adding some new weather stripping can quickly pay you back in utility savings.
10. Landscape the front yard
Today, there are dozens of choices of plant materials that can add colour and style to your front yard. Stop by your local landscaping centre, they’ll have dozens of ideas for you.
If you put some of these tips in action, you will boost your home’s value and live happily ever after in your dream home. Enjoy!