This article was provided by Modernize.com
Budget can really be a four-letter word, especially when you’re looking to update you home. Spring refresh, summer upgrades—who can afford that on a budget? You can! At Modernize, we love finding less-expensive ways to improve your home’s value, so here are a few of our favorite tips.
Paint to Your Heart’s Content
Feeling a bit dreary in that back room lately? It may be time for a fresh coat of paint. It seems simple enough, but new paint creates a brighter atmosphere, cleaner lines, and can even evoke emotions like peace or joy. Freshly painted rooms show an obvious level of maintenance and upgrading, which makes the rest of your home shine.
If you’re selling your house, aim for neutral paint colors that won’t stand out too much. We love that hot pink wall, too, but your potential buyers may feel differently. A few gallons of paint could cost you less than a $100, which is a great price to pay for the upgraded value and aesthetic of your home.
Work Your Curb Appeal
When you’re refreshing your paint, make sure to paint the outside of your home, too. The exterior of your house will become damaged and weathered over time, so maintain it by scraping peeling paint and applying a fresh coat. Repair any damages to wood or gutters, then paint those spots, too.
Landscaping is another effective way to spruce up your curb appeal. Hiring a lawn service is a great way to go, but you can learn some gardening tips yourself and create plant beds to line your house or driveway. Use a mix of pebbles, gravel, decorative stones, and cement blocks to breathe life back into your yard.
Well-maintained hedges, bushes, and grass go a long way, so the next time you see some weeds poking up around your feet, stop to pull them!
Repair With Eco-Friendly Upgrades
If it’s time to replace the carpet, the air conditioner, or another major feature of your home, be smart about it. Replacing an old A/C unit or kitchen appliance is costly, so choose a greener option that will generate savings in the long run. You’ll face lower electricity bills, which will build up your wallet over time. If you’re selling your home, energy-efficient appliances and eco-friendly materials will boost your seling value. It pays to upgrade!
Important areas to focus on for design upgrades are kitchens and bathrooms. Major overhauls can be pricy, so incorporate some small upgrades like new fixtures, handles, cabinets, backsplashes, or hardware. These small changes are visually pleasing and can revitalize your home decor from another decade.
Whether you’re selling or just trying to upgrade your home, that expected bill can be daunting. Do what you can on your own, and remember, even small upgrades are still upgrades!