There are tons of ways to boost the value of your home, but many of them require a great deal of time and, even more importantly, money. Whether you’re planning to put the home on the market or just want to give it a low-cost facelift for your own peace of mind, we’ve got 8 effective improvements to consider and execute.

1. Paint at least one room

paint_room_resized.jpgIf you’re looking to add value to your home, then buying at least one bucket of paint is a must. With just one fresh coat of paint, a dull room can be transformed to a bold one. Don’t want to make that big of a splash? Create an accent wall or add color to the trim.

 

2. Make your bathrooms shine

Though it may be the smallest room in your house, the bathroom commands a lot of attention. Additions like a new vanity, toilet seat, or medicine cabinet can enhance the room’s look and feel. If you want to spend even less time on the bathroom, making it sparkle with a thorough cleaning can do the trick.

 

3. Add a bedroom in no time

Additional common areas that barely get used could easily convert to a bedroom. The same goes for your attic. Although it takes significantly more time and money to complete, an attic conversion’s return on investment is huge if you’re selling the home. One more bedroom can be the difference.

 

4. Become storage-minded

storage_bins.jpgIf you live in a newly built house, storage should be plentiful. However, older homes tend to lack closet space, which can cause cramming. To maximize the space you do have, purchasing storage bins and organizational systems can open up areas you never thought existed.

 

5. Upgrade an aspect of the kitchen

Installing a backsplash, updating cabinetry, or replacing your countertops are all do-it-yourself ways of spending a little to gain a lot. These upgrades are all eye-catching to prospective buyers or great for peace of mind without breaking the bank. 

6. Step up your lighting

When it comes to showing your house, brighter is better. If you have less than appealing lighting in a room like the kitchen or living room, consider bolstering the room’s charm with a new fixture. Another option is to replace ceiling fan blades to update an existing fixture’s look. 

 

7. Create space

Open floor plans have become very tantalizing for both homebuyers and homeowners who simply want to make a big change. If knocking down a wall to combine two common areas is not in your budget, move around furniture in your living room and bedrooms to create needed breathing room.

 

8. Redesign your entryway 

EntrywayYour home’s entryway is the invitation to what’s inside, so it’s important to give it a facelift. You can go as big as replacing your front door, adding crown molding around the entry, and re-grouting your patio. If these ideas are out of your budget, consider adding flowers and plants, buying a welcome mat, or simply painting the front door.

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