When we hear the term “upgrade your home”, we often expect a large price tag to follow. This is not always the case. There are some quick and easy projects you can attempt in a weekend to make your home appear newer, and more appealing to potential buyers. If you are a homeowner, and not planning on selling, these upgrades will make your home feel brand new for you and your family.
Paint the Cabinets
Installing brand new cabinetry can be a serious expense. But, that doesn’t mean we have to live with old, faded or scuffed cabinets. Add a coat of paint to your cabinet doors this weekend to freshen up your kitchen space. Pair this with some new hardware, and your cabinets will look good as new. Our tip is, the harder the finish, the better: you want something that will be very easy to wipe down and clean.
Add a Seating Area Outside
Adding extra furniture usually makes space feel smaller, doesn’t it? Not necessarily. Adding a seating area outside will make your yard appear more inviting, thus larger, which can really up curb appeal. If you can, place your new seating area out of the sun so the furniture does not fade in colour or lustre.
Upgrade your fixtures
Opt for some modern fixtures such as black or brushed nickel finishes. Brushed faucets tend to hide fingerprints a grim a little better than polished ones. While you are at it, clean underneath the faucet before securing the new one so your sink looks brand new. Brass, nickel and bronze fixtures are known to withstand moisture and friction the longest.
Add Outdoor Lighting
Add outdoor lighting that lines the pathway to your front door, or which highlights the garden to give your home a soft glow in the evening. Having this glow outdoors can be a security feature, can add a welcoming atmosphere to potential buyers and can add a level of comfort indoors. If you are going to add lighting outdoors, opt for some solar-powered garden lights to save on your energy bill, and to be eco-friendly.
Replace your doors
This option is obviously a bit more pricey than a coat of paint, however, if you have a little bit of extra money to spend, replace all of your inside doors, so they all match and are not scuffed nor dented. Choose a neutral colour other than white for a sophisticated, yet unique spin on your home decor. For an added level of cohesiveness, choose doorknobs that match your new faucets and hardware.
Use Smart Technology
Install keyless locks, wifi garage door openers, a video doorbell system or a smart thermostat. Buyers are eager for secure technology in their future homes, and to have these features already set up will not only make your life easier but will also make your home stand out among buyers when the time comes to sell.
Will you be incorporating any of these upgrades into your weekend plans? Maybe you already have updated your homes in these ways before. If you have, let us know how it went!