The weather is heating up, and so is the real estate market. This year, whether you want to sell your home or stay put for years to come, these budget-friendly home improvement ideas will give your space lasting appeal.
If you’re planning to move soon, these home improvement ideas will help you
stage your home and get you closer to closing day.
Slip into Something a Little Trendier
Swapping out old slipcovers for modern prints in the living room, or
replacing the duvet cover and pillowcases in your bedroom can give your
most lived-in spaces a much-needed refresh.
Ditch the Drapes
Dated drapes can give away the age of your home before any other décor. Spring for a more contemporary window cover, or strike drapes altogether in favour of letting more light in.
Say Farewell to Extra Furniture
Pack away extra clutter, family photos and unused furniture in a storage
unit to create an open and welcoming environment. The ultimate goal?
Setting the stage so potential buyers can picture themselves living in your
Increase the Curb Appeal
Small touches like a new welcome mat or vibrant potted plants can go a long way toward boosting the beauty of your home’s entrance. If you really want to impress, nothing says, “Move on in!” like freshly power-washed siding or walkways.
Let the Light in (and Bounce Around)
Switching out bulbs on lamps and hanging a mirror or two can brighten your home. In fact, letting in as much light as possible cues potential buyers to feel positive emotions while exploring your space.
Set the Mood for a Sale
Bake a batch of cookies before a showing to fill your kitchen with the homey smell of fresh baked goods and help visitors associate your home with positivity and warmth.
Tip: Sometimes we get so used to the scents of our lived-in homes that we become nose-blind to them. Make sure potential buyers aren’t turned off by that “lived-in” smell by spraying Febreze AIR in each room of your house before a showing.
Found your forever home? Or just hoping to stretch a few more years from
your humble abode before moving out? These upgrades will help make your
space a sight for sore eyes.
Brush Your Way to Better Cabinets
A fresh coat of high-quality paint in a modern color makes a huge difference to tired cabinet doors. Painting your kitchen cabinets can help transform out-of-style wood cabinets into sleek, modern pieces of art.
Say Hello to Fresh Hardware
Quick and easy updates like swapping out knobs or handles on cabinets and
drawers can add a flashy touch to your freshly painted cabinets.
Let There Be Updated Light Fixtures
Upgrade old light fixtures to inexpensively add an accent piece to your hallway, foyer, bathroom and more.
Floor Yourself with Your Own Talent
Rip out old carpeting and tired laminate in favour of wood or tile to give
your spaces a dose of luxury for a fraction of the price. Plus, they’re
easy to install yourself.
Make a Splash in Your Kitchen or Bathroom
Adding a backsplash to your kitchen or bathroom will make your space sing
with personality and elegance without too much effort. Plus, you can go as
simple as subway tile or as elaborate as mosaic glass.
Make Your Spaces Do the Work
This year is all about making small spaces in your home a little more functional. Start by transforming your front entryway into a mudroom by adding a bench and some storage bins, or transform a bay windowsill into a cozy reading nook with pillows and a seat cushion.
So, are you ready to sell … or stay? Share your home upgrade plans with us in the comments section.