Looking to update your home whether to sell it or to simply enjoy a space that’s most conducive to your needs for a higher quality lifestyle? The average cost to remodel, according to HomeGuide, is anywhere from nearly $20,000 to over $73,000 depending on the size of your home, the extent of remodeling, quality of materials, and other factors.
The better news for those who have been putting it off due to a lack of time, money, or both is that there are a number of simple improvements that can have a dramatic effect on transforming your house.
You can transform any room or even your entire home, with a coat of paint or two. Give your drab walls a pop of color, or clean them up with solid white. Anyone can learn how to paint like a professional via YouTube videos or the help of a home improvement store employee.
Painting can be done in a day in some cases, depending on the size and number of walls. But you can go beyond the walls by sprucing up a mantle, kitchen cabinets, and drawers with paint too.
Crown molding and wainscotting are other wall treatments that will not only transform your home but elevate it to one that’s more upscale. Crown molding is stylish, elegant, and surprisingly easy to install or have a handyman install for you. Wainscotting adds texture and depth to boring walls. Before deciding on a pattern, do your research and look at other homes – you might feel inspired to do something more intricate than you originally planned.
If you’re looking for something even more simple than paint, check your local art galleries for photography and paintings to hang throughout your home.
Replacing major home appliances, such as a refrigerator, dishwasher, or an oven, is very simple to do and will provide a significant change in the look and energy efficiency of your home. If you replace all of the major appliances in your kitchen with new, smart stainless steel options, you will give the space an entirely new look while saving money on utility bills.
While major appliances are expensive, home improvement financing options are available to make it more feasible financially. Plus, installing those more eco-friendly models is likely to pay for itself over time as you won’t be paying as much for electricity.
Replacing old light fixtures can revive almost any space. It’s surprisingly easy to do so making this one of the best DIY projects to help save on labor costs too. Be sure you have the right tools and always use proper safety precautions when working with electricity.
You might add a new chandelier to your dining room to create a relaxing ambiance and a place for your family to gather at the end of each day, while a bold lantern in the entryway creates a warm welcome for guests. Other options include removing an unused ceiling fan and replacing it with a chic ceiling light, getting rid of outdated pendants above a kitchen island and installing more modern, sleek pendants instead.
Go beyond large decorative lights. Most homes have recessed halogen or other canned lights which can be replaced with LEDs that allow you to control the brightness and warmth in every room. Lighting creates ambiance and energy, making it one of the most important factors in home decorating.