Home Upgrades That Payoff

Home Upgrades That Payoff

Where Do I Even Start?

Once you’re looking at your home with a critical eye, it's easy to find flaws everywhere. Here are some ideas for where to spend your time and money so it will pay off:

Update Bathroom

Everyone wants a sparkling, clean bathroom. And simple tiles and fixtures can appeal to different tastes. For quick touch-ups on existing sinks, toilets, and tubs, consider hiring Miracle Method, a surface-restoration company that recoats ceramic, porcelain, and fiberglass fixtures with a chemical bonding agent that looks like shiny new porcelain. (miraclemethod.com.) 

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Change the curtains and window trim or sand down your old cabinets and give them a fresh coat of paint. Again, go with light colors. Energy-efficient appliances can help you if you’re thinking of selling your home and will save you money on your energy bill in the meantime. 

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This is all about making a good first impression. Perennial flowers will come back year after year and some trees can grow about a foot each year. And properties with gorgeous, established trees are even more attractive to potential home buyers down the road.

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Front door

This is one of our favorites. Painting your front door a bright color brings a smile to your face each time you walk inside and helps your house stand out in the neighborhood. 

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Photo credit: Bren Did

General upkeep

  1. Make sure your electrical wiring is updated with current safety codes.

  2. Inspect your roof for damage after a hailstorm.

  3. Monitor that your plumbing that it works the way it's supposed to. Fix leaky faucets and p traps under sinks. Call a plumber to inspect slow draining drains.

  4. Paint your interior walls get a new coat of paint every few years. Check out this video from Sherwin Williams and Pottery Barn describe popular neutral paint colors: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XiBGBfuOrCw

I Have a Small Budget, Can I Still Do This?

Yes, absolutely. Here are some ideas that pack a big punch but won’t burn a hole in your pocket:

  • Instead of painting the whole exterior of the house, just paint the door and trim

  • Instead of renovating the whole bathroom or kitchen, just replace the hardware and match with new door handles, drawer pulls, etc. A cohesive look will elevate the room. 

  • Instead of replacing your carpet entirely, just have it professionally cleaned (especially if you have pets or a carpet in the dining area where food has fallen on the floor). Groupon often has deals you can buy. 

  • Install a smart thermostat. Like energy-efficient appliances, this is a high tech upgrade that will serve you well in the present and the future.

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