Whether you’re looking to up the value on a home you’re about to sell or you simply want to enhance your current living space, you don’t have to have a lot of cash to do it. In fact, there are a number of high-value upgrades you can finish quickly – and affordably – all in just one short weekend.
Do you want to improve your home’s value or existing aesthetic? Here are a few quick ways to do it:
- Update your address numbers – It sounds simple, but updated address numbers can make a big impact on your home’s curb appeal. Now, I’m not just talking about painting your street numbers on the street corner or putting some stickers on your mailbox. I mean investing in some quality, eye-catching house numbers, and hanging them decoratively on your door, wall, column or front stoop, in a way that both ups curb appeal and makes the home feel warm and inviting. Check out these great examples on Pinterest.
- New light fixtures – Light fixtures can truly make or break a room. If you’re still living with the run-of-the-mill sconces your home was built with, consider upping your game and investing in something a little more eye-pleasing. Try a chandelier in the front foyer, an industrial-feeling pendant light in the kitchen, or track lighting in the office or study. Light always makes a space feel larger, so the more you can bring in, the better – especially if you’re looking to sell.
- Fresh cabinets – Now I’m not suggesting you install all new cabinets this weekend, but repainting or refinishing your existing ones? That’s an easy job. All you need is some sand paper, a little primer and a fresh new paint color. You just need a day or two and a couple of helping hands, and you’ll have an entirely new kitchen, bathroom or utility room in no time.
- A fancy backsplash – Though many backsplashes look intricate, they’re actually quite simple. The key is to use easy-to-find, affordable materials, like tin, reclaimed wood, mirror or even discarded tile. Beadboard is also a great option, and it can give you a classic, clean look if that’s what you’re going for. Just grab the material of your choice, attach it with a little mortar, and fill in the spaces with caulk. For an even easier solution, opt for peel and stick wall tiles like these. They come in all sorts of colors and patterns.
- Upgraded bathroom mirrors – To upgrade your bathroom mirror, you don’t even need to replace it! Just invest in some 2-by-4s, a little primer and paint, and build yourself your very own frame. Mount it on the wall around your bathroom mirror, and see your space completely transformed. Here’s a good example. Just make sure you have some strong hands to assist you; the frame may be a little hard to hang on your own, especially if you’ve got a big mirror.
- A lush garden – If you’re selling your home, this is one weekend project you don’t want to skip. Invest in a few seasonal flowers – ones you know will stand up to the colder weather for the next few months – and line your front garden and the sides of your house. If you really want to up the ante on your curb appeal, consider buying a tree or two to plant. Trees with flowers, like crab apples, magnolias, or cherry blossoms, are particularly popular with homebuyers, so you may even get your money back – and then some.
- New front stoop – The first impression is everything, and for a home, the first impression starts at the front door. If you’re looking to sell, invest a little in your home’s front entry, and consider installing a new door, adding a storm door or Ring doorbell, or even laying down a small, brick patio. If you’re short on cash, you can even just paint your existing front door and add a bench, some plants or other decorative items to the stoop to add some personality.
Home updates don’t have to be costly or time-consuming. All you need is a little elbow grease and a dash of creativity, and you can upgrade any area of your home in just a short weekend.
Want more advice for upgrading your home and priming it to sell? Contact the expert real estate agents at The Claus Team today. We can walk you through the sales process from start to finish, so call us today to get started.