Listen, I get it. After years of saving up for a mortgage down payment and months touring St. Albert homes for sale, the last thing you want to do is put more time and money into pricey renovations.
That said, what if I told you that there were a number of quick, easy, and (most importantly) affordable do-it-yourself home improvements that could make your house look better than ever, and even add to the resale value in the future?
That’s a rhetorical question, of course, because that’s exactly what I’m telling you. Don’t believe me? Keep reading and you will!
Repaint the Walls
If you’ve ever watched one of those daytime TV makeover shows, it should come as no surprise how effective a fresh coat of paint can be in breathing new life into the right subject. In this case, we’re talking about the interior walls of your home. It’s amazing how a simple color change can completely change a house’s look and feel. Most notably, lighter shades can make your home appear more spacious.
Up Your Curb Appeal
From the inside to the outside we go. “Curb appeal” is a term that realtors and DIY dorks (like yours truly) use to describe how attractive a property is to the average passers-by walking down the sidewalk. Upping your curb appeal by planting flower beds, power-washing vinyl siding, fixing up the porch, or adding an outdoor light ensures your house makes a good first impression every single time.
Replace Doors & Windows
They say eyes are windows to the soul, so does that mean your home’s windows are its eyes? What does that make the doors, then? It doesn’t really matter. What does matter, though, is what your home’s doors and windows look like in the eyes of you, your neighbors, and any potential future buyers. Replacing older, tackier, or more beat-up ones for newer, sleeker versions doesn’t take much work, but it always pays off.
Install Green Tech
Even the cheapest home improvement projects don’t come free. Luckily, there’s one such project that is sure to save you even more money than it costs you. Installing green tech devices, such as energy-saving light bulbs, programmable thermostats, and solar-powered water heaters, can help reduce your monthly utility costs, while also reducing your household’s carbon footprint.
Swap Out Old Fixtures
Nothing dates a property more than chintzy, old-fashioned plumbing and electrical fixtures. Good thing it’s such an easy fix, then. Most plumbing and electrical fixtures don’t require you to interact with the actual “guts” of your home’s inner workings, so there’s little danger of you flooding the basement or getting zapped. Just make sure you know what you’re doing before you, well, do it.