Finding real estate often means making sacrifices–sometimes houses that you look at may not suit your style aesthetically despite having great bones. On the contrary, having your house on the market means appealing to the masses and that could mean making some upgrades to make your house more appealing to the average buyer. In both scenarios, homeowners will want to focus on getting the most for their money. Luckily, DIY is more trendy than ever and companies are making it easier and easier for even the non-handyman to make a house a home. Here are a few great, cheap DIY ideas:
This may seem obvious but its the quickest way to give a room a facelift with minimal financial investment. Paint companies have even streamlined the process for you by combining paint with primer. In some instances, you may be able to paint a room in one coat which would mean you could have results in a matter of hours. This also applies to your front door–a bright, cheery coat of paint can really have a big impact.
Kitchens are often the fastest to seem dated but the most costly to spruce up. However, many home improvement stores now carry peel and stick backsplash that can instantly upgrade your kitchen space. This tile holds up well and looks like more of an investment than it is–as long as installation is done properly. Be sure to check online (Youtube!) and study up on tutorials to make sure you nail the final result.
The simplest thing you can do? Grab a screwdriver and install some new doorknobs and door hardware. Brassy fixtures can age a home and clash with newer, modern furniture and accessories. Swapping them out for more matte metals can instantly add some style. The same notion applies to cabinetry hardware or even the knobs on your dressers.
The days of tediously dipping wallpaper in glue are long gone. Patterns and textures have come a long way, too. You can quickly and inexpensively wallpaper a small space, like a powder room, for a totally new look. The added bonus? It comes off relatively easily too!
New (to you) Furniture
If you’re open to an afternoon of sanding, you can turn a thrift store dresser or bed frame into a statement piece that can instantly change the feeling of the room. There are lots of easily online tutorials to guide beginners. The nice part of this approach is that it’s easier to change out if you change your mind–or take with you if you move!
If you’re a little more advanced in your DIY skills and have some patience, some of the biggest impacts can come from cabinet makeovers. Whether it’s your bathroom or your kitchen, you can upgrade your cabinets for a fraction by doing the work yourself. It’s worth noting that this is one instance when investing in a sprayer would be a great idea–it will make the paint apply quicker and more evenly.
Renovation shows have shown us that a whole house can be brought to life in a matter of days with the right budget and tools. However, the average homeowner can make significant progress in a weekend if they are choosing the right products and are willing to put in a little elbow grease.