Easy Ways to Modernize your Home on a Budget

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Marleny Hucks
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Do you feel as though your home isn’t as modern as it could be? Maybe you need to make sure that you add as much value as you can so you can get it on the market. Either way, this guide will help you to make the right choices to modernize your home on a budget, starting today.

Repaint Areas of your Home

If you want to save money on your house remodel, but you still want to make your home feel relatively new then one of the cheapest and easiest things you can do is repaint. Painting the interior of your home is one of the best ways for you to eliminate dirt, stains and marks from your walls. This gives it a fresh feel and it also helps to upgrade the general appearance. On top of this, you can also paint the exterior if you want to boost the appeal.

Update your Cabinetry

New cabinetry could cost you thousands. Not only will you have to pay for demolition, but you will also have to pay for the cabinets as well as the installation costs. If you can dismantle the cabinets you have now carefully then you may be able to save a lot of money. You can sell them on an online marketplace or even a garage sale, and get a fair price for it. Whether you can recoup the costs or not, new cabinets can be very pricey. If this is not within your budget then one option you could have is tweaking your cabinets rather than replacing them. Swapping out the hardware could be an option, or if you have a bit of DIY experience, you could paint them.

Replace the Bath Hardware

On the topic of hardware, another thing you can do is replace your bath hardware. An outdated bathroom will usually require a gut renovation. This can take up a lot of time and money. One very small way for you to add value without doing a full makeover would be for you to change the hardware on the cabinets you have right now. You can also add some new sink fixtures if you want to polish the room. Swapping chrome for gold is a great thing to do here and it could easily give the whole room a brand-new vibe.

Swap your Window Treatments

New windows can make a major difference in terms of visuals, not to mention that they also serve as a fantastic selling point. If you don’t feel as though you can invest a lot in your new windows then this is understandable. If your current windows are in very good condition then one thing you can do is level up your window treatments. There are a lot of modern options available in this day and age, including blinds and shades. Blackout drapes are another great option, so make sure that you don’t overlook things like this if you can. If you want to add luxurious curtains then be sure to look into a double curtain pole if you want a luxurious edge.

Upgrade your Lighting

Another very budget way for you to improve your home would be for you to give some serious thought to the lighting. Enhancing the lighting in your home is as simple as swapping the lightbulbs you have now for ones that are more energy-efficient.  The actual fixtures may be the culprits that are dating your home as well, so if you can keep this in mind you will soon find that it is easier than ever for you to get the result you want.

Install a Bookshelf

One thing that homebuyers are always trying to do is add more storage. Nothing creates a focal point like having a built-in bookshelf. Sure, having a detached bookshelf does work but at the end of the day, it doesn’t help you in the same way that having one that is made out of quality wood does. It’s a practical way for you to add both beauty and elegance to the room and this is especially the case when you have it surrounding a fireplace. If you want to make this job easier then make sure you hire a reputable contractor.

Crown Moulding

Another thing you can do is take the time to update your crown molding. If you are bored with your existing room then there’s nothing like adding some new molding and trim as this can update even the oldest-looking of spaces. PVC crown molding is a fantastic way for you to add a bit of pizzazz, and there are so many options available if you want something a bit more unique. Make sure you take into account the general theme of your room before you choose your molding as this is the best way for you to make sure that everything is in sync with each other.

Update your Flooring

Brand-new flooring is a bit of an expensive upgrade but when you consider the ROI of it, it’s not hard to see how it could add a substantial amount of value to your home. If you have wall-to-wall carpeting then make sure that you shampoo it. If you have a wooden floor then it could be worth having it rebuffed and also take the time to have it waxed. If you can do this then you will soon find that it is easier for you to get the overall look you are going for. Of course, with the stairs, you have to remember that getting a runner is another great option that is not only affordable but very easy to do yourself. If your stairs are old then don’t be afraid to give it a new lick of paint so you can bring out the finish of the wood while also updating a major part of your home for a very affordable price. If you are stuck for ideas, remember you can get ideas online so make sure that you keep that in mind as it could make a major difference to your home.

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