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5 Low-Cost Ways to Update Your Home


Whether you’re preparing your home for sale or you just want to give your home a facelift, a low-cost update here and there can make a big difference in the overall appearance of your home. These simple DIY projects deliver a huge bang for your buck.

1. Fixtures

Spending a few bucks to replace electrical outlet covers and light switches can do wonders, especially after a fresh coat of paint. Don’t stop there – replacing faucets, showerheads, and light fixtures can also be very affordable, with basic styles starting at around $15. Remember: the internet has every tutorial you need to get any update done – I’ve included one below. Also, don’t forget to shut the power off, at the electrical breaker/fuse box, if you’re fiddling with electrical wires!

2. Doors and Windows

If you can’t replace your old or worn out front door, even just repainting it can make a huge difference in the overall aesthetics of a home, and really doesn’t cost much in supplies. If you have a screen door and it’s torn, replace the screen by buying screening and the ribbed rubber strip (gasket) that holds the screen into the frame. There are kits that usually run about $15. This also works for windows.

3. Painting

A nice fresh coat of paint in neutral tones can change a space completely. Creating an accent wall in a nice primary color can also make a room pop. Be sure to paint before replacing any fixtures from tip #1 and pay attention to window trim, baseboards, and crown molding.

4. Closets and Storage

For many, storage space is one of the most important needs for a well-organized home. Whenever possible, use shelving and containers to organize closets and storage areas. If you’re selling your home, showing your home’s storage potential can significantly impact a buyer to make an offer. Regularly assess your stored items and try your best not to keep things you will never use. Selling your unused items by having a garage sale, on Craigslist, and on Facebook are the best ways to make some money while keeping your home clutter free!

5. Drawers and Cabinets

Updating your kitchen cabinets and drawers doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg or a loan from a bank. If you can’t replace dated cabinets – give them a facelift! If you can find it, there are DIY kits to help make touching up with paints or stains easier. Youtube and Google are a gold mine of “How to” material, not to mention the thousands of ideas of things to do like changing the knobs, repainting or staining, or paint or wood stains.

Need help coming up with more ways to showcase your home and prep it for the market? I am happy to assist!