One of the things that I am amazed at is how many people allow their homes to be in such a state of disrepair and weathered looking until it comes time to sell their home. I did this with the first home I lived in, and after getting the house ready for sale, I realized what a nice looking home we actually had. With just a few, low cost projects, you can not only enjoy the home you have now, but you can increase its value at the same time. Here are five ideas that you can start on this weekend.
The first tip is always the easiest and cheapest, which is paint. Take a walk through your home and look at the ceilings. I would imagine they need some fresh white paint to help brighten up the room and give your rooms a cleaner look. You may want to keep the walls the same color as they are now, or you may want to change the look all together with a new color. Another idea, especially in the kitchen, is to paint one wall a different color as an accent. Paint is always one of the best ways to make the biggest difference.
The second tip is to go outside and look at your landscaping (or lack thereof). Trim the bushes so they are not blocking the windows. Remove some bushes if it is highly overgrown, or add some bushes if it is bare. One thing I have done is to drive in some nicer neighborhoods and found one or two houses that I liked the landscaping, and then went home to try and replicate what they had done. Also, plant grass in the bare patches of your yard. Dirt yards are not attractive.
The third tip is also low cost and similar to the second. Most homes lack color outside. They could use flowers or other features to add color to the outside of their home. Or, their trees have such low hanging branches that the color is hidden. First, trim the low branches to raise the canopy of your tree. Second, add some color with shutters, flowers, garden flags, a colored front door, etc. The overall goal of tip two and three is to give your home better curb appeal.
The fourth tip is to go back indoors and look at your flooring. For less than $1,000 you can usually tear up the carpet and add a nice wood floor, or even replace the carpet with a high quality carpet. We have a carpet warehouse that still charges by the square yard. Beware of the popular home improvement stores that charge by the square foot. It makes it much more expensive. I was able to replace three bedroom carpets with high quality carpet for less than $1,000. New flooring modernizes your home in unimaginable ways.
The final tip is to do some tile work. Tile work is actually much easier than you might think. I removed the linoleum in the bathrooms and installed tile floors. I made the bathrooms look cleaner, more modern, and greatly improved the value of our home. I also added a tile back splash in our kitchen. Both were weekend projects. Each bathroom was less than $300 for the tile, grout, adhesive, and rental of the tile saw. The kitchen back splash was half that cost.
Almost all these tips can be done by yourself and are fairly inexpensive. It may be that you can do one of these projects ever three to six months. Within a short time you will have modernized many of the features of your home and made living in them more enjoyable. I can guarantee that your friends and neighbors will compliment your improvements and will inspire them to make the changes too.