10 Fixes to Increase the Value of Your Home without Blowing the Budget
Most people hesitate to renovate their homes because of the great
financial outlay that is usually
required. However, you don’t have to necessarily blow the budget. There are several practical and easy-on-the-pocket fixes you can carry out to increase the value of your home.
1. Overhaul your lights.
Lighting contributes a lot to make your space look pleasant, cozy, comfortable, and even sophisticated – and it is not even expensive to do a lighting revamp.
There are many options to achieve lighting do-over, including the use of recessed lights, smart lighting, or chic traditional lighting fixtures.
2. Install dimmer switches.
You don’t always have to do an all-out lighting make-over. If you want to create a cozy and romantic ambiance without having to spend too much, install dimmer switches for your new lights.
3. Change your old light switch plates.
If you want another budget-friendly fix, trade your old light switch plates for designer plates – and give an entirely fresh vibe to any room. You can add a touch of warmth and elegance by using designer plates made of wood or opt for a cool contemporary look with sleek stainless steel plates.
4. Re-paint your walls.
A cost-effective and easy way to add value to your house is to paint your walls. It gives you a great return on investment.
One of the first things that people see in a house is the paint. Don’t allow a dated color scheme to detract from your home’s general appeal. Don’t wait for the paint in your walls to chip, peel, or crack.
Give your walls (both exterior and interior) a fresh coat of paint, and you give your house a nice, fresh look.
5. Get a new HVAC.
Upgrade your HVAC and you immediately feel a difference. Research shows that people who upgrade their heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems tend to stay home more often – and enjoy doing it, too.
Get a new HVAC and make staying in more comfortable for your family. It also makes your house more energy-efficient.
6. Let more natural light in.
You don’t want to have dated and foggy windows. They reduce your home’s curb appeal. They limit the natural light that comes in. They let in strong unwelcome drafts. They make your house less energy-efficient.
Install new windows. Let the light in. Make your house look brighter and more welcoming.
7. Increase your living space with a patio.
Adding a patio is a mid-level investment that gives you a high return on your family’s personal happiness.
A patio provides a safe, inviting space that combines the benefits of outdoor and indoor living. It allows you to relax in the evening and enjoy the breeze in your hair. It allows you to have pleasant summer barbecues. It allows your kids and pets to roam freely and safely.
Adding great value to your property, a patio is not a frivolous expense at all.
8. Boost your curb appeal with landscaping.
Landscaping is an easy and affordable way to boost the value of your property. Plant shrubs and native trees; they cool your property, reduce energy costs, and make your home look pretty.
Opt for perennial foliage instead of annual blooms to cut costs.
See to it that your lawn is always well-trimmed.
9. Upgrade your kitchen.
There are many simple, inexpensive, and effective ways to give your kitchen a new look.
- Repaint the walls.
- Give your cabinets a faux-wood finish.
- Install a new back splash to add a touch of color.
- Go for a contemporary industrial look with new stainless steel appliances. Extend the metallic look to your light switches.
- Add a rolling island.
- Add new pots and pans to add sparkle to your kitchen.
- Get a hanging wine bottle holder
10. Give your bathroom a face lift.
The bathroom is usually a small space that sees a lot of traffic and goes through much wear and tear. You can go big and remodel the entire room or focus on just the essentials to trim your budget.
Use some of these ideas:
- Give you bathroom modern spa vibes by swapping the old drop-sink with an under-mount one.
- Make your counter tops marble or granite.
- Add value and warmth by using wall-mounted lighting instead of the traditional overhead lighting.
- Invest on heated floors.
- Install stone surround tiles.
- Mount a shower with modern body sprays.
- Get a modern tub.
- Upgrade your fixtures.
- Apply new grout to give your bathroom a clean look.
Adding value to your property does not always have to be costly. You just need to plan, budget, and be creative to make improvements and repairs that go a long way to make your home a more beautiful and comfortable space for your family – and get you a much higher price should you want to put it on the market.