5 inexpensive upgrades that add value to your home
Think you can only add value to your home by knocking down walls and gutting bathrooms? Think again!
We’re loving these 5 easy and inexpensive ways to add tons of value to your home without slinging a sledgehammer.
Attractive landscaping can add up to 28% to your home’s overall value. You don’t have to hire a pricey landscaping company to boost your curb appeal— easily accomplish this task yourself by potting seasonal flowers, and adding planters and window boxes.
If your home is on the market, don’t forget that the “for sale” sign is outside 24/7. Landscape lighting can make your home shine even after the sun goes down by illuminating all it’s best features.
If you really want to stand out with the first impression, consider adding a pop of color by painting your front door. Choose a bold color that compliments and enhances the other colors of your home’s exterior. Use the Front Door Paint app to virtually test out different colors!
According to a 2015 survey by the National Association of Home Builders, “energy-efficient” was second only to “safe community” on the list of attributes that would most influence a buyer’s purchase decision.
But don’t worry, you don’t have to add solar panels to your roof to be energy efficient. Here are 3 easy and cheap ways to go “green” in your home.
- Consider adding low-flow aerators to the fixture for a simple way to save money on utilities. An aerator is a small device that simply attaches to the head of your faucet and regulates the water flow without affecting the pressure. Switching out fixtures with more energy efficient options such as these can also be a big selling point.
- Add LED lighting throughout your home– most bulbs cost an average of $7 and have a 23-year life expectancy. Most homes use an average of 40 bulbs so switching over to greener bulbs is a great way to save on your electrical bill.
- Add a storm door to give you an extra layer of protection from the weather. Storm doors last between 25-50 years, cost $75- $200 and reduce energy loss by up to 50%, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
Upgrade your fixtures
Upgrading outdated hardware in your home with fresh handles, faucets, shower heads and knobs can instantly modernize a space and give your home the boost it needs.
Another great way to sprinkle upgrades throughout your home is to add modern light fixtures. Create a glowing ambiance in every room with upgraded, inexpensive lights options such as vintage inspired Edison-style bulbs, sculptural chandeliers, rustic farmhouse lighting, and geometric designs.
Add DIY backsplash
A full kitchen renovation can be very expensive and often unnecessary. A popular and inexpensive way to update the look of your backsplash is by applying decorative adhesive vinyl or peel-and-stick tile. Both options eliminate messy grout and time-consuming tile work.
Even the most reluctant DIYers can take this on as a weekend project. The best part of these backsplash designs is they are easy to remove so you or your buyers can switch up the design when a new trend emerges. A fresh backsplash can also be a nice addition to a bathroom or powder room.
There’s nothing welcoming about a dark entryway. Interior designers are famous for placing mirrors in the entryway of homes (and it’s not just so you can take a look at yourself before heading out the door). Mirrors capture light and project it into darker corners, making it one of the simplest ways to make any space feel bigger and lighter.
Placing a mirror on the opposite wall as a window will bring natural light and greenery into your space as well. Mirrors have the ability to brighten up a room, creating additional luminosity and depth.