Now that you have essentially been self-quarantined to your home maybe you are starting to notice some things about your home that you would like to see changed? Does that bathroom makeover you always wanted seem more likely? Maybe painting your graduate’s room from their “gothic black” to a more neutral color makes sense right about now. If the cost of renovation has always been a bit outside your budget, fear not, here are some cost-effective tips to go from blah to beautiful!
Invest In A Designer
It is worth the $100 consultation to have a realtor or home designer walk you through the home and make professional recommendations for changes you could make. Simple feedback, such as paint colors and furniture placement are well worth the investment.
If you prefer to save the expense of hiring a pro, consider surfing the internet for decorating inspiration. Maybe pick up an issue of Better Homes and Gardens? Check out the latest TV shows and websites about home makeovers.
Get Out Those Paint Brushes
Freshly painted rooms look clean and updated – which spells value. When selecting paint colors, keep in mind that neutrals appeal to the greatest number of people, making your home more desirable – should you ever want to sell.
Bathrooms Are Small But Come With A Big Bang
If you cannot afford a full bathroom remodel, minor adjustments will add some pizzaz. Replace dated wallpaper with a nice fresh coat of paint. Maybe add a textured finish for a more luxurious appeal. Replace old lighting fixtures with new and artful ones. Vanities can always be refinished or replaced for reasonable money too.
A decorative ladder and an updated pedestal sink and artistic frame mirror can update a dated bathroom and offer your guests an entirely different perspective when they come for a visit.
Don’t Overlook Energy Efficiency
Many utility companies provide free energy audits of their customers’ homes. Be sure to take advantage of such audits and discover how to maximize the energy efficiency of your home. An energy-efficient home will save you money, which can be applied to other home improvement projects, creating a more valuable and marketable asset in the long run.
Speaking of efficiency, install a water filtration system in your kitchen. Not only will a filtration system purify your water, but it will also lower your grocery bills – no more bottled water. A water filtration system is an inexpensive addition that affords homeowners a small luxury they will love.
Tear Up Those Carpets
Most homes have beautiful hardwood floors hidden beneath the confines of a carpet. Hard-surface floors are much easier to keep clean, don’t hold odors, and give your home an updated look. This is a labor-intensive task. Once the carpets are extracted, you will need to buff and polish the floors. But the return on your time and man-hour labor will be well worth the cost!
Do Some Landscaping
Consider the longterm benefits of well-manicured trees. Shade trees are great for cutting your cooling costs in the hot summertime season. Mature, and maintained landscaping will add valuable curb appeal to your home.
Be sure to focus on the lawn as much as your trees, plants, and bushes. An overgrown or patchy lawn is an eyesore to neighbors and future homebuyers. Be sure to set up a schedule for mowing and shrub grooming that works with your lifestyle. (Something to consider when you are planting your oasis.)
Well placed flower boxes and hanging plants always spruce up a home! These are inexpensive but decorative ways to dress up a porch or patio.
Bottom line. CONGRATULATIONS on the new home! If you would like some suggestions or feedback to make your house a home, The Watson Team is here to help!The Watson Team