But, there’s another side to home improvement projects.
|Glass doors and crown molding give|
these cabinets their custom look.
If you’re selling your home soon, any of these quicker alternatives to the complete makeover are more likely to pay for themselves.
- Repainted white cabinets and new hardware, because white and grey are in style.
- Ceramic tile backsplash, for an oh-so-current look.S
- Solid surface countertop with that undermounted sink everyone loves.
- New faucet that calls attention to itself.
- Under-cabinet lighting that comes at all price points.Updated appliances (psst…they don’t have to be top of the line to still earn you additional points on an appraiser’s form, and to impress buyers).
- Space-saving organizers like pull-out shelving.
|Light and bright goes a long way. Mirrors, |
lamps and pale colors work wonders.
Instead, give your bathroom added value by making it look new without changing the floorplan. Toilets, sinks, faucets, vanities, window treatments, paint, and mirrors are not that expensive.
Study the look of luxury baths and imitate them with your accessories and color schemes.
Scrub your tub until it shines, no matter what color it is. Clear off the surfaces. Introduce a light scent. Paint with a space-expanding hue. Invest in beautiful towels. Update the hardware.
|Front entrance makeovers don't have to bust the budget. |
Sometimes, paint and plants are all it takes.
Here are some other thrifty alternatives that will help make your house show well.
- Replace or paint the front door so it looks new. Make the door match and enhance the style of your home.
- Paint just the trim of your home – what’s around the windows and doors, the corner boards, the fascia and soffit under the eves. New paint in these places brings a home to life.
- Clean up the landscape. Drive the best neighborhoods in your area, and study what the professional landscapers have done there. Copy the look with the funds you have available. If nothing else, declutter and mulch, especially in the area in front of your home.
- Money spent on a new deck, patio, or porch, will give a good return. Exterior remodeling projects like this are better candidates for homeowner projects than interior remodeling projects. Can you do it yourself? Exterior add-ons of outdoor living spaces, carefully done, have the illusion and even the function of added square footage.
- Make sure exterior hardware looks cared for. Are exterior lights operating? Do they need replacing or painting? How’s the doorknob, hinges and other hardware around the front door? Check handrails and even the mailbox to see if they want fresh paint.
Spending Is Easy, Recouping Isn’t
|Some lumber and some brick are all it took|
to increase the living space of this home.
All Photos: Southern Living