Looking for a few inexpensive ways to upgrade your home? Here are a few that won’t break the bank but still can have a major impact.
Upgrade Your Home with Paint
More than anything else, a fresh coat of paint can do wonders. Here are a few ways new paint can help take your home to the next level.
Lighter paints will brighten up a dark room and help it feel more open. Instead of feeling like the walls just absorb all light, it will reflect the light and make it a more comfortable place to be.
If you don’t want a neutral color, the various colors on the spectrum will affect your mood when you’re in the room. For example, a soft shade of blue can help you feel calm and relaxed in a room. Red raises a person’s energy level, causing excitement and stimulation.
A fresh coat of paint can also help mask old smells, such as the smell of pets or smoke. Even though you may not realize your house smells like Fido, your visitors do.
The best part about paint is it’s incredibly inexpensive. There is a time investment, and you’d need to buy some materials if you don’t already have them. But painting your house is the best bang for your buck in terms of feeling like you’re in a new, upgraded home without dropping lots of cash.
Improve Your Outdoor Lighting and Landscaping
Let’s face it – if someone is buying a detached single family home, they are interested in having a yard. If they weren’t, they’d probably be buying a different kind of home like a condo or townhouse.
Improve the overall look and feel of your house by updating the space outdoors. Here are a few ideas.
- Add a small paver patio
- Build a fire pit
- Create an island using mulch or pine straw in the middle of your hard and plant a tree
- Place bricks or stones around the yard to separate grass from other features such as mulch
- Stick a few solar-powered lights along the sidewalk or walkways
- Stain the deck and/or fence
- Pressure wash the patio, sidewalks and driveways
- Hang some outdoor lights from the porch or between trees
- Build a garden using landscaping timbers
That’s a long list, and obviously you don’t need to do all of those things. But the great thing about improving the exterior of your home is it’s relatively inexpensive. You just need to be willing to spend the time to do it.
Add a Smart Thermostat
Some smart technology creeps people out. Even though smart doorbells such as Ring are cool, but has been in the news a lot due to security concerns.
A smart thermostat is a different story. Every home can benefit from one of these as it saves you money in the long run. Even if you have multiple thermostats, you don’t necessarily need to switch them all at the same time.
Whether you stay in your house for a long time or plan to sell soon, a smart thermostat is guaranteed to be something you’re glad you invested in.