Whether you are looking to sell your home in the near future or you just want to give it a fresh new look, there are some simple yet effective ways to do so that won’t break the bank.
There are plenty of budget-friendly projects that can be completed over a weekend to give your home a great new look. Here are a few ideas that will make you a proud homeowner, not a poor one:
Lawn – All it takes is quality grass seeds to transform lawns from brown and patchy to lush and vibrant. Before you plant seeds, though, it’s important to make sure you eradicate all pests, including gophers, ants and other insects that are known to damage lawns. Also make sure that the seed you buy is friendly for your particular climate (Kentucky grass seeds, for example, are best suited for cooler climates).
Garden: You don’t need a green thumb, nor do you need to weed and garden for hours at a time to have a beautiful garden. Plant a few perennials, such as hostas, daffodils, mums, and tulips, and you’ll have a blooming garden all year long. If you have a balcony or front porch, use planters to decorate your front walkway and backyard. You’d be amazed at how a little bit of color can brighten up your space.
Walkway: Replace broken or cracked patio stones to create a walkway that is both safe and aesthetically pleasing. Plant a few flowers along the pathway for added color and vitality. There are several different ways you can lead guests to your front door, and they don’t have to cost a fortune.
Trees: Pine, birch, fir, ash and evergreen make great additions to almost any home and you can plant them in the front and back yard to add a welcoming aura to your home. If you have a large back yard, consider planting some fruit trees, like apple, pear or peach. Not only will this add an aesthetic look; it will give you and your family plenty of fresh fruit throughout the summer.
Paint: Nothing freshens up a home like a fresh coat of paint on the walls. Whether you do one room at a time or your whole interior, choosing colors to match your overall décor can make you feel like you’re living in an entirely different home! And that can be a good thing!
Organize and declutter: While you don’t necessarily have to become a minimalist, decluttering and organizing your home can provide tremendous value, both physically and physiologically. Do one room at a time so you don’t become overwhelmed. Set a timer for just 15 minutes a day and you’ll make great progress within just a week or two.
Update kitchen and bathroom faucets: Kitchens and bathroom updates carry the most weight when it comes to adding monetary value to your home. Complete overhauls, though, can cost upwards of $10,000 depending on what needs to be done. If you’re on a tight budget, start small. Updating your faucets is a great place to begin.
Making your home look better doesn’t have to mean paying big bucks for renovations. Sometimes, it’s the smallest details that make the biggest impact. A lush, green lawn, colorful gardens, neat walkway, and clutter-free interior spaces can impress even the most discerning of guests (like your mother-in-law)! Make a list of what the most important aspects of your home are and start with those projects; then move on to bigger ones.