Whether you’re looking for a fun project to revamp your living space, or want to make some home improvements as you get ready to sell, we’ve got you covered. In this post, we’re sharing some of the best home improvement projects that can really make a difference in the fundamental and monetary value of your home.
1. Kitchen renovations
If you were to take a poll of house hunters’ wishlists right now, you can pretty much guarantee that their must-haves will all have at least one thing in common: an updated kitchen. When you think about it, you probably spend a decent amount of time in your kitchen, whether or not you’d consider yourself a talented cook. People tend to gravitate toward this room, so it may as well look polished and aesthetically pleasing, right?
Because the kitchen is such a central piece in the home, updating it can make a huge difference in value, but making these changes can also be pretty costly. How much do kitchen remodels typically cost? Depending on the extent of your upgrades, they usually run between $13,095 and $37,115. For many homeowners, a remodel at this level would require some financing options like a VA cash out loan or reverse mortgage—each of which should be evaluated at length before moving forward.
If you’re working on a relatively limited budget, there are still plenty of things you can do to spruce up the space:
- Add modern open shelving
- Install an artful backsplash
- Replace the lighting
- Repaint cabinets
- Switch up the cabinet hardware
2. Yard upgrades
Having an outdoor space is a major selling point for your home, and it makes for a great space to relax and recharge. If you’re feeling a little uninspired by your yard, check out these fun and affordable ideas:
- Incorporate an outdoor fountain
- Pick out some potted plants or start a veggie garden
- Invest in a good grill
- Tie in your patio furniture with an outdoor rug and pillows
- Brighten up evening hangouts with string lights or pretty lanterns
- Install a smart irrigation system to keep things green
3. New paint
A new coat of paint goes a long way! If you want to boost your property’s curb appeal, consider adding a fresh coat to the outer facade of your home—just remember to choose neutral colors that would attract all sellers (not everyone wants a pink house).
And if the interior could use a boost of personality or polish, get out the blue tape and get to work! Painting the exterior of your home is a bit more challenging to DIY but sprucing up the interior is a relatively straightforward Sunday project. If you plan to list your home for sale in the near future, try to stick to universal colors on the inside, too. But remember, there’s nothing wrong with an accent wall!
4. Modern appliances
Once you’ve had a dishwasher or in-house washer and dryer, it’s kind of hard to go backwards. If you’re looking for a quick way to elevate your income property or your primary residence, modern appliances are a great way to go. Not only do these essentials make life a whole lot easier, but they also make your space look more refined, too.
Additionally, you might consider adding in other modern home technologies such as a home security system, energy-efficient structures, or smart home lighting.
5. Upgraded flooring
There’s nothing quite like gorgeous new floors to turn a space from drab to dazzling! Whether you re-carpet, refurbish the original hardwoods, or opt for an affordable option such as vinyl flooring, you’ll be surprised at what a difference such an upgrade makes!
6. A change in furnishings
It’s natural to feel uninspired by your living space once in a while, especially if you’ve had the same setup for a long time. But with a simple switch-up in furnishings, your space will feel like new in no time. When it comes to selecting the right kind of furniture for your home, keep this advice in mind:
- Consider budget
- Decide which pieces you can salvage
- Think about your long-term taste
Which of these projects are you excited to try? Let us know in the comments below!