The real estate market still appears to be in slump, and hence, many people have decided to stall their plans of buying another home. The existing property, however, tends to undergo depreciation in certain ways, thereby demanding continuous maintenance work. On the contrary, it is not advisable to indulge in expensive home renovation projects in a down market. This is because the property price would go up, consequently repelling the potential buyers.
Considering the fact that this is not at all the right time to invest in a new property, you too need to make your existing house more comfortable than before by making improvements in economic, and yet, valuable ways.
Here are a few cheap home improvement tips for you to go by:
- Trash the junk: It’s easy to say things rather than getting them done! People tend to keep buying items of use over the years. Certain household items become old and obsolete. Also, there are others which stop functioning altogether. Many people tend to keep stacking them in their basements, or in spare rooms. Now, just imagine a situation when you are expecting guests at home. You probably don’t want them to see your house littered with junk. Besides, cleaning up just before they come would inevitably take a heavy toll of your time and energy. You get completely drained out by the time they come. In order to avoid such a situation, keep decluttering your house whenever you find time so as to make it look spick and span.
- Remodel your kitchen: Your kitchen ought to look fancier than the rest of the rooms, but do not go overboard by shelling out mega bucks from your pocket. In case, your kitchen is badly outdated, replace the old refrigerator with the latest model. Fix a new dishwasher, and range with stainless-steel finish. Get a DIY-kit to redo the kitchen floor and countertop. Fix the leaking taps and faucets. Install bright, and energy-efficient fixtures.
- Freshen up your bathroom: Use vinyl sheets, or easy-to-apply vinyl tiles over the existing discolored floor. Install new pedestal sink, and toilet seat so as to give a new look to the bathroom. Replace the chipped tiles of your bath tub. Installing a new prefabricated tub, however, costs cheaper than replacing the worn out tiles of an old tub.
- Reinvent rooms: Convert an unused space into a room. You could give a facelift to an attic, and use it as a guest room. If your basement is lying vacant, get a DIY-kit, and transform it into a play room for your kids. Paint the room with bright colors, stuff it with toys, so that the kids have a real good time out there. You could also add a room over the garage, and rent it out to a tenant.
- Ensure energy-effective insulation: If there is dampness somewhere on the wall, or ceiling, then seal the cracks and leaks. This would prevent the formation of sooty patches on the wall. Replace the old doors with new ones so as to prevent hot, and cold air sneaking in through the gaps.
- Allow fresh air and sunlight: Do make it a point to pull the shades aside, and open the windows on warm and sunny days. Let plenty of fresh air breeze into the rooms, and act as natural room fresheners.
- Spruce up the exterior: Fix the cracks on the brick walls. Trim the overgrown shrubs, and plant fresh seasonal blossoms along the driveway. Do make it a point to mow your lawn during the weekends. Paint the façade if necessary, in order to add a final gloss and shine.