Not every home improvement project needs to cost big bucks in order to make a huge impact on the look of your home. In fact, many of the improvements that provide the most value are relatively inexpensive—with costs of less than $1,000. Take a look at these small-budget projects that will make a big impact on your home’s value.
Front Door Makeover
The front door is the gateway to your home, so making it appear bright and cheerful will do a lot for first impressions. If your door has seen better days, install an unfinished, prehung wooden door along with new trim and thoroughly paint the surfaces in bright complementary colors. Using wood will give you a warm, handcrafted look, but even a new steel or fiberglass door with window insets will give your front entrance an appealing look.
One of the easiest rooms in your home to give a new look to is the bathroom. Swapping out a few fixtures will give this essential room a spa-like feel for little money. Start with the toilet, which will be the most expensive item, The median price of a new toilet is about $325. What’s more, if you have an old toilet, it uses a lot of water during flushing. New models use much less, which will help you save on utility bills in the long run.
Other small changes that are easy to make include:
- New showerheads, with multiple sprays and low-flow operation that will also save money
- Low-flow faucets and new handles
- Bathtub faucet kits
- New vanity lighting
- Wall sconces
To add ambiance, consider installing a dimmer to control lighting levels. You could also buy some nice-smelling candles and bathroom-friendly greenery to make your next soak a little more luxurious.
Brighten Your Kitchen
Remodeling an entire kitchen is another project that strikes fear into the hearts of homeowners because of its potential cost. But, the gathering place of the home is another area where you can make small improvements that won’t break the bank. A good place to start is your cabinets. If they appear old and dingy, you don’t have to replace them, especially if they are several decades old and made of sturdy wood and not particle board. Giving them a new coat of paint or a nice stain can bring a whole new look to your kitchen with little effort. White, ivory, yellow and red, as well as various shades of green, blue and gray are incredibly popular and serve as great accent colors to most of your kitchen’s furniture and accessories.
Other easy fixes include:
- Creating a new backsplash with mosaic tiles for a pop of color
- Put new knobs and pulls on your cabinets and drawers
- Replace countertops with quartz, butcher block wood or another contemporary surface
- Install a new, contemporary-style sink to replace a stainless steel one
- Update your faucet and water controls to match your new sink
Don’t Forget the Paint
One of the easiest ways to update your interior look is through a new coat of paint. This solution works for any room in the house as well as for entryways and foyers. Neutrals are still popular for a variety of applications. Just make sure you’re using the right paint for the job!
From selecting the right colors to picking the perfect pieces to make your house feel like home, the experts at Doug Ashy are always available to help. Contact us today for all of your home improvement and project needs!