Whether you’re looking to upgrade your home to modernize it for yourself or spruce it up for resale, making improvements doesn’t have to break the bank. You can either hire a professional service or a handyperson to make the home improvements or do them yourself to save money. Here are three budget-friendly improvements to make to your home.
1. Paint or Stain the Kitchen Cabinets
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Kitchen cabinets can quickly get worn looking. They can get scratched or dinged or the hardware can come off. Weathered cabinets can add a shabby look to the kitchen, and painting or staining the cabinet faces and adding new hardware can improve the kitchen’s appearance. To do it yourself, simply take the cabinet faces off, remove the existing hardware, and sand the old paint or stain off.
If you want a natural look, choose a wood stain. To brighten your kitchen, find an appealing color and paint the cabinet faces. White is ideal for a farmhouse-style kitchen, and vibrant colors or accents work well for a modern-style kitchen. You can replace the old hardware, or spruce up the look of your kitchen even more by adding new drawer and cabinet pulls or knobs. Expect to pay about $6.49 to $12.99 a square foot to paint your cabinets and drawers.
2. Revive Your Outdoor Living Space
When you looking for ways to improve your Montreal real estate investment, consider upgrading your landscaping and outdoor deck or patio. The font of the house needs curb appeal, especially if you’re planning on selling your home. Putting in new shrubs, plants, and other vegetation is an affordable and simple improvement.
If you have a wooden deck or patio, you can refinish the wood and re-stain it to bring its luster back to life. Depending on how much landscaping you plan on doing, it can cost anywhere between $1,688 to $6,493. Refinishing a wood deck can run anywhere from $3 to $6.80 per square foot.
3. Install New Lighting
New lighting can definitely help modernize your home, especially if the house is older. Consider adding track lighting with a few small spotlights to highlight a piece of art in the living room. Hanging a chandelier in the dining room can add a touch of elegance to your home. For the kitchen, adding flush-mounted lighting will help bring light to dark corners and nooks and crannies. In addition, you can install affordable under-cabinet lights to help brighten up a dark kitchen.
Adding a lighted mirror to a bathroom will elevate that room and make using the mirror easier. Don’t forget to put in new porch lights as well to modernize the entrance to your home. Depending on how much new lighting you install, expect to pay about $97 to $162 per fixture.
Once you’ve made these three budget-friendly home improvements, you can sit back, relax, and admire the refreshed look of your home. Making improvements to your home can help increase its value while giving it an eye-catching appearance.