Changing the way a home looks doesn't mean you have to spend big bucks or try and get on a home renovation show.
Sure, it may be tempting to be on TV—but you can get the same kinds of results with a little bit of elbow grease and your own vision. How? You can increase the appeal (and value!) of any home by committing to some simple home improvement tips that are budget-friendly and DIY-worthy.
Here are our top 5 home improvement tips that can transform any home renovation project.
Why spend the time on home improvement?
Home improvement is a pretty big topic, especially if you're the type of person to watch shows or read about the styling, trends, and upgrades that are possible.
But it's not always about looks– some home improvements are strictly about making the house work better! This means that you could add in a central air unit, move the location of a door, or change the types of windows you have.
No matter what you're aiming for, home improvement is a valuable way to invest back into your space.
As professionals invested in creating excellent homes, you'll want to make sure the improvements you make are budget-friendly but still add value.
1. Get out the paint
Do you notice yourself eyeing the gorgeous color pallets of professionally decorated homes?
Whether you're a fan of demure earth tones or fun bursts of color over monochrome themes, the simple fix is paint.
If you want to change the entire character stamp of a home, add some fresh paint to your home. You can look online for modern inspiration or hit the store yourself to mix and match.
Changing up the colors inside your home is relatively cheap since most paint gallons cost $30. Compare that to the nearly 1k that most people spend getting professional painters in to do the job.
2. Freshen up your bathroom
The bathroom is one of the most important parts of a home. Sometimes, a nice bathroom can really be the tipping point for a home buyer who is on the fence.
If you want to improve the look of a home's bathroom without a costly complete overhaul, you'll want to freshen up a few things. Try adding a new, clean layer of grout and caulk around your bathtub, tiles, and sink. You can also update the finishes, like the sink spout and handles, lighting, and mirror.
3. Bring some color into your garden or window sills
When a future buyer drives up to a house, the first thing they'll notice is the exterior of the home. If it's lacking luster, spruce it up with some flowers!
There's no easier way to add some beauty to your home than through landscaping.
Some personal stories online show the huge difference that doing some landscaping yourself can make. Instead of spending $25,000 you could spend $3,000.
Now, that's still a lot. But, don't worry, you can spend under $100 to make a total transformation.
Look into flowers and plants that are natural to your area and which will attract bees and birds. You'll get beautiful blooms and help the environment all at once.
4. Update and add your finishes
One of our favorite home improvement tips is to update and add to the finishes in your home. Every cabinet or door handle, faucets, and light fixtures could all use an update every so often.
Some modern options include hardware that's bronze, rose gold, mod matte black, or a very sleek steel!
Home finishes don't just stop at hardware. Think about adding crown molding to the home for additional charm.
You can pick up the materials from any home goods store and, with a few measurements, make a huge difference in your room.
5. Update your filters
Perhaps one of the most practice home improvement tips is this: check your filters.
You'll want to make sure that the air and water the future homeowners are around is clean at all times. Replace the air filters and remind the new homeowners to do the same around every 90 days– or 60 days if they have pets!
Cleaning out your vents can also help you cut down on allergies and dust getting around so don't forget those. You can keep track of when to change your water filters as well.
Now, if you really want to take things to the next level, update the filter covers.
Remember those cool finishes we talked about in the previous tip?
With so many people becoming interested in mixing up the traditional parts of their homes, you can find ways to spruce up anything.
That means you can find vent covers in gorgeous colors, patterns, and finishes. So when you're cleaning up, you can feel even more productive by adding some charm to what's normally an overlooked part of the home.