Want to improve the visual appeal of your home but lack the funds for a major renovation? Think small and look to little home improvements that can make a big difference: You can do it for precious few dollars.
First step? Tidy up. Organize closets and cabinets so you can cull through surface belongings and move unsightly papers and clutter out of sight. Next, do a deep clean. A little elbow grease to dirty baseboards and fingerprints around doorknobs earns surprisingly big pay-offs.
In the kitchen, the heart of most homes, consider refurbishing rather than replacing worn cabinets. For a particularly easy home improvement, swap-out dated faucets and old cabinet handles to make your kitchen look modern and well maintained. Polish your natural stone countertops to make them seem brand new, and switch light fixtures for a new look without a whole new kitchen.
Dread the sight of the bathroom? If your shower looks tired, but your tile are still in pretty good shape, think about re-grouting instead of re-tiling. Or, add new shower doors for a fresh, new look. Vinyl flooring is an affordable and durable product, and many new designs are attractive too. New fixtures and hardware will help spruce up this space as well. A little inexpensive decorating with bathmats and other accessories can turn the bathroom into a comfy retreat.
Make the common areas of the house your priority, and save the bedrooms for last. In the family room and hallways, walls and flooring make a tremendous impression. If your walls are too far gone to clean, you can control fix-up costs with a new can of paint and a DIY attitude. Creating a single statement wall, painted in an offsetting but stylish color, can make a big impact.
If your hardwood has seen better days, invest small dollars in some runners and scatter rugs. If your carpet is stained and tired, consider buying or renting a home carpet cleaner. Regular cleaning can help lift the fibers and lessen the visual impact of the stains until you’re ready for that new flooring. Strategically placed area rugs can hide stains and damage while adding warmth and character to your space.
The front door handle is an upgrade that makes a strong first impression on visitors, as does a well-maintained yard and tasteful front porch. Here, a bench or an attractive plant or two can enhance the effect of a new welcome mat and a power washed driveway and front walk.
When It’s Time to Renovate
If there’s no getting around the need for a major renovation, then give Valley Home Builders a call. We’ll be happy to help you design your dream house and then build it too. Our expert design and build teams love to make dreams come true.