When you live in a home for a while, it’s easy to get tired of your space. And that’s ironic, because when we take out a 30-year mortgage, for example, we’re essentially agreeing to live in the same home for a while. But the good news is, some small changes can go a long way. Especially if you’re looking to add value to your home, inexpensive home improvement projects can help boost the worth of your home. Mortgage professional Jacques Poujade knows how much some simple home improvement projects can go a long way. Poujade is sharing four cheap home improvement ideas, which can help add value to your home.
Freshen up the paint
A new coat of paint can make a tired wall look brand new. This can be true for the inside of your home, but Poujade also recommends you pay careful attention to the outside of your home. Chipped paint on the exterior of homes can make it look downtrodden and in worse shape than it actually is. If you’re interested in making a room look bigger, you can pick bright tones which make the room look light. You can also paint trims and moldings in a lighter color, which can give an optical illusion of your room looking bigger.
Spruce up tiles and grout
Tiles and grout are very visible and live in a pretty volatile environment. Kitchens and bathrooms experience a lot of moisture, soaps, humidity, and other factors which can lead to discoloration and mold. Refinishing kits are accessible and affordable, and best of all, they’re fairly easy to use. It’s a much cheaper and easier option than retiling but will give your tiles the appearance of being brand new.
Install new hardware
Hardware is something that often gets overlooked in homes, but it’s easy to replace and can make a big impact on the appearance of a home. Cabinet fixtures, doorknobs, and dresser drawers’ handles can all be replaced. It’s very easy to replace hardware on your own. Simply measure the size you need, head to your local hardware shop, or find new fixtures online. Installing them is simple as well, with a screwdriver. Cabinets themselves are costly to replace, but new hardware will make them look brand new.
Install smart technology
In the past few years, there have been a lot of advancements as far as smart technology for homes is concerned. These advancements have also gotten more affordable and can be simple to install. Depending on your budget, you can try one or two smaller smart advancements, or give your home a total overhaul. Windows, lights, and temperature can all now be controlled with smart technology. And if you’re looking to add value to your home, these advancements may make your home look much more attractive, and help it stand out from others on the market.
Jacques Poujade is a mortgage professional who has worked in the industry for more than 30 years. He’s currently a Managing Partner at LendPlus in California and provides families with alternative mortgage solutions. He was recently featured in the Associated Press, and often shares helpful financial and mortgage tips on his blog.