Once you’ve bought a home, you will inevitably want to improve it. But after such a big purchase, it can be hard to find the time and money to make such improvements. Luckily, there are a number of ways to increase your home’s value without sacrificing too much of your time and money. Keep reading for some affordable home improvement tips.
Spruce Up Outdoor Spaces
Curb appeal is so important to your home’s appeal - how it looks on the outside is going to entice people to walk through the door. To make your home look as appealing as possible, you can do small things to your yard that won’t break the bank but will make all the difference. Consider planting some colorful flowers and low-maintenance plants whose upkeep won’t take up too much of your time. Although it’s a little pricier of an improvement, outdoor light fixtures can be a huge selling point for a home, so installing some kind of lighting outside will definitely pay off.
Upgrade Your Hardware
Door knobs, handles, hinges, and lightswitch covers aren’t normally something you think of as a focal point of your home, but you should never underestimate the power of details! Installing new knobs on your kitchen cabinets could be just what your home needs to feel more cohesive and modern. Go around your home and note the things that look tarnished, worn, or grimy, and then make a trip to the hardware store and spend a day replacing everything. It won’t cost you much, but it will look like you just renovated your whole kitchen.
Adding a fresh coat of paint to your walls, doors, and windows is a great way to make your home look cleaner, newer, and more modern. Consider the finish you want; if there are imperfections in your wall that you’d like to hide, a matte to eggshell finish is recommended, while semi-gloss makes rooms feel brighter. If you are considering selling your home soon, it is a good idea to paint walls and neutral color that would be appealing to more buyers. If you’re not concerned about this, go ahead and have some fun with the colors - you can always paint again!
Increase the Square Footage (without actually increasing it)
Increasing your home’s square footage is something that normally takes thousands of dollars and sometimes years of your time. But there are more cost and time efficient ways to make your home look better without hiring a contractor. Decluttering is step one: take a day with your living partner to assemble all the stuff sitting on countertops, shelves, tables, boxes, etc. It can help to sort everything into categories based on if you want to keep, sell, donate, or throw it away. Once you’ve decluttered, you can continue to add visual space to your home by replacing large, dark curtains with lighter blinds or shutters, adding large mirrors to living spaces, and rearranging furniture to optimize space.
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