5 best ways to update your home on a budget

June 27, 2016

Curb appeal: Make them excited to want to come in

You’ve got to get them in the door so make your exterior welcoming and impressive! That means neat lawn and landscape, even if you have to hire out the mowing and tree trimming.  Paint the front door, sweep off cobwebs and add a seasonal wreath or flowers.  Consider some new address numbers or maybe a bench.  And, make sure the door bell works and the locks are in good working order.

Neutral paint: Make it move-in ready

Paint is one of the easiest ways to update your home and make it look brand new. Buyers will appreciate being able to move their things right in – if the paint is neutral, that is.  Can’t find much more of an affordable fix-up than paint, especially if you do the work yourself.

Kitchen spruce up

You certainly do not need to do a whole kitchen remodel to give an updated look.  You could paint the cabinets, change out the hardware, switch to a new modern light fixture.  Replace the faucet, add new towels and clean the windows.  Depending on your budget, maybe replace the appliances or update the countertops as well.

Flooring can totally change the look

If you have hardwood, make sure that it is good shape and if not, refinish. If you have wall to wall carpeting, make sure it is steam cleaned. If your carpet is stained and should be replaced, spend your money wisely and opt to invest into hardwood floors instead.

Bathrooms are very important

Updating a bathroom can be expensive so see what you can do with what you have got, and make sure it is CLEAN.  Paint the vanity, add new hardware, new towels, rugs and shower curtain.  Consider a new light fixture or faucet or even a statement mirror. Touch up any paint in the bathroom.  If you have dated pastel tiles, consider removing them and replacing with neutral white, tan or gray. Nothing says “I need updating” like outdated colored tile and if you have the budget for it, it will be a smart update to make.


You can find additional tips for home sellers here.

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